Eminem Admits He is Only Human in New Beyonce-Featuring Single, 'Walk On Water'
Growing up I worshiped at the feet of my older brother. Four years my senior, he was certainly more in tune with what it meant to be cool. So when 8 Mile came out and my brother started idolizing Eminem, wearing beanies, and writing raps--I did too.
As I got older, I stopped trying to be Eminem, and instead started appreciating his talent, success, and ability to manipulate words and language. To be honest, Eminem is probably one of the reasons I began writing. I think it is safe to say that I have much respect for the self proclaimed "Rap God."
When I learned of the new album, Revival, I was a bit skeptical. After decades of fame, shouldn't Eminem call it quits and let the new kids have at it? Come to find out, the artist shares these thoughts himself and reveals fear about his career in the new single "Walk on Water" featuring Beyoncé.
The confidence Eminem, or Marshall Mathers, once portrayed in songs like "Berzerk" and "Rap God" is shelved for this more emotional single. The lyrics, co written by Skylar Grey, deal with insecurities, expectations, and inability to let go. Queen B' adds to the sensitive tune with her breathy lyrical chorus: "I walk on water / But I ain't no Jesus / I walk on water / But only when it freezes." This track is exactly what Eminem fans needed to hear at this point in his career. The more confessional tone mimics his older, legendary, tracks such as "Mockingbird."
At the end of the song, the beat scratches and Eminem adds that as long as he has a microphone he's still "god-like," letting fans know that he is not out of the game just yet.
My uncertainties about the upcoming album have surely been laid to rest with this single. Listen for yourself here.
Written by Devin Hendricks