Lose Yourself rapper Eminem has said that the delay in releasing The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was down to laziness.

The 41-year-old rapper, who released the follow up to 2010's Recovery on Monday, explained that the new album took three years to make because he had several projects on the go at once.

Speaking to NRJ, Eminem, real name Marshall Bruce Mathers III, said: ''It's basically because I'm lazy that it took so long! Now that the album is done, I'm finally going to shower.

''I did the Recovery album then I started working on some side projects for Shady Records, the label.

''I did some producing on a Yelawolf album and the Slaughterhouse album."

He added: ''I did a collaboration album with Royce called Bad Meets Evil. In the middle of all that I was recording for this album.''

Eminem further revealed that his new album is not a sequel but a "revisitation" of his third album, saying: ''I would describe the album as a revisitation of the Marshall Mathers album, but a 2013 version of it, showing more of where I'm at now, with the same topics revisited. The exact same ... but very different.''

The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out now.