04/25/2008 at 05:00 PM EDT
50 Cent says don't believe the hype about his pal, Eminem, allegedly gaining weight.
"Em is in shape right now," 50 Cent tells MTV News.
"He looks good. I seen him in Detroit. He's gonna look real good when you see him return."
Stories about Eminem's health and physique have been circulating for months. The Detroit-based rapper (real name Marshall Mathers) has been virtually absent from the music scene for the last year.
In January, Eminem was hospitalized
with pneumonia, and a report claimed that his weight had ballooned more than 200 lbs.
But 50 Cent says his old friend is doing fine. "The last time I seen him we played basketball together," he told MTV. "He had a knee injury, so we chilled for a little bit."