Marshall Mathers marks his return by revisiting his entire lifespan of tragedies and triumph, enter “Walk On Water”. Em is once again joined by Rick Rubin, who overseen the Detroit native’s last full length album, “Marshall Mather’s LP 2”. Rick takes up the production role with a minimalistic sound composed of a piano, strings and drums. The record-breaking emcee issues a brutally honest single tackling the overwhelming standards he’s set over his impressive career span. It also addresses the wants from his most devoted fans and biggest critics.
The big surprise is the guest feature, Beyonce, who delivers a compelling choral arrangement. The chorus speaks, “I walk on water but I ain’t no Jesus / I walk on water but only when it freezes”. The “Rap God” shows that at the end of the day, he’s only human and far from perfect.
After the initial hook, Eminem can be heard scribbling lyrics to paper in a similar tone to his cult classic, “Stan”. He speaks about the fear of tainting his legacy and letting his die-hard fans down. Towards the tail end of the five-minute plus single, the mood takes a 180 turn and closes out with a beat change-up and a few bars that sound as if “Revival” may exceed our expectations this go round.
For now, “Walk On Water” is the only piece of “Revival” that the public has gotten to hear thus far, adding to the mystery behind the promotional strategy and album overall. Check out Eminem’s lead off single to “Revival” via Spotify.