(people.com ) - 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."