July 12, 2004 04:20 PM

Eminem and his Shady Records, along with their distributor Interscope, are joining forces with Sirius Satellite Radio to launch an as-yet unnamed hip-hop music channel set to go live this fall.

In a statement issued Monday, the Grammy and Oscar winner said that, in contrast to broadcast restrictions imposed on traditional radio, Sirius will offer him a special freedom.

“Once upon a time not too long ago, the Feds wanted all my music off the air,” he said. “Now we’ll be on Sirius 24 hours a day, playing the best hip-hop – not just from Shady Records, but from everywhere. We’ll deliver an uncut hip-hop radio station like never before.”

Special content also will be part of the channel’s mix. “I can’t wait to start dropping new material, exclusive tracks and uncensored hip-hop featuring me and everyone else, freely saying whatever the hell we want,” he said.

“While our channel will not be solely limited to Shady artists, we plan on delivering exclusive, obscure and/or hard to find music from our acts,” adds Eminem’s manager, Paul Rosenberg. “Also, the channel will give fans further access into our world with live show broadcasts, unique remote interviews and on-air artist segments.”

Earlier this month it was announced that Eminem was joining forces with the late rapper Tupac Shakur by producing an as-yet-untitled new album, featuring a selection of previously unheard Tupac material, MTV reported.

Eminem previously lent his studio skills to 2003’s posthumous Tupac compilation Tupac Resurrection, on which he produced three tracks including the single, “Runnin’ (Dying To Live),” which also featured vocals from the late Notorious B.I.G.

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