Eminem made a come back in a very big way and we’re more than delighted to see the return of the old raw Slim Shady.
The rap legend has been on the news a lot lately, sometimes for the wrong reasons but at most times (the only times that count) for the right ones — like the time his freestyle from the BET Cypher awards directed towards ‘racist’ President Donald Trump went viral.
This time though, we’re all talking about him for two major reasons, for dropping a single and winning an award.
Late Friday afternoon, he dropped a new single titled ‘Walk On Water’ featuring Beyoncé from upcoming album, Revival.
While we knew any single he puts out first would be as good as ‘Walk On Water’ is, the collaboration with Beyonce was an unexpected but welcome surprise.
The two delve into their superstardom lives and how as much as they like being idolised — people should remember that they’re still humans capable of making mistakes.
It is an emotional song, where they bare their souls and share their fears to their fans.
Eminem raps: ‘Butterflies rip apart my stomach, knowing that no matter what bars I come with you’re gonna harp, gripe, and that’s a hard Vicodin to swallow. So I scrap these as the pressure increases.’
In an interview on Broken Record with Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin, the rapper said when you start out in your career, you have a blank canvas, so you can paint anywhere you want.
‘And then your second album comes out, you paint a little more. By the time you get to your seventh, and eighth album you’ve already painted everywhere. So, it’s like where do you go? And people are always expecting something different from you. There’s less places to go that you haven’t been before and that’s how I feel all the time.’
Rubin, who co-produced the single said Em is frustrated by the new wave of hip-hop called ‘mumble rap’.
‘It’s a bit of a culture shock for him, that is not really what he is about.’
This could be the reason for Em’s radio silence these past few years, with him trying to figure out his place in the rap industry. The frustrations he is raising on ‘Walk On Water’.
Beyoncé joins in him with a catchy hook written by Skylar Grey: ‘I walk on water but I ain’t no Jesus. I walk on water but only when it freezes.’
This is extended in the chorus: ‘I walk on water but I ain’t no Jesus. I walk on water but only when it freezes cos I’m only human just like you. Making my mistakes oh if you only knew. I don’t think you should believe in me the way that you do cos I’m terrified to let you down.’
This track is reminiscent of his song, ‘Beautiful’ from his 2009 album, Relapse. The slow melodies, rap lyrical content folded onto slow beats.
He mentioned Tupac as his inspiration for aligning beats with just the right lyrical content.
‘I’ve always been a student of hip-hop and one of the things I learnt from Tupac was how he always knew what words to say on the right chords.’
Revival will be his ninth studio album, following The Marshall Mathers LP 2 that was released in November 2013.
He won ‘Best Hip-Hop’ award at this year’s MTV EMAs, adding to his nine already existing awards from the same category.
Em also did an explosive performance at the opening show with Skylar Grey joining him in the place of queen Bey.
Listen to the audio below:
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