Guess who’s back? Breaking a 4-year dry spell since The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem returns with Revival, the eighth album in his storied discography.
This time around, Marshall Mathers is joined by some familiar faces, including Beyoncé (“Walk On Water”), Ed Sheeran (“River”), Alicia Keys (“Like Home”), X Ambassadors (“Bad Husband”), Skylar Grey (“Tragic Endings”), Kehlani (“Nowhere Fast”), Pink (“Need Me”), and PHresher (“Chloraseptic”).
The 19-song set has been more than a year-in-the-making for Slim Shady. “You know how it is,” he recently told Elton John. “You make songs, and as you make the new ones, the old ones get old and you throw them out. The album is called Revival. It’s a reflection of where I’m at right now, but also I feel like what I tried to do was diversify. I’ve tried to make a little something for everyone.”
Ahead of the album, Em released “Walk On Water” with Queen Bey, a piano-laden track about his perfectionism. He also dropped “Untouchable,” which deals with race, injustice, and police brutality. Revival’s cover — featuring a disappointed Eminem behind an American flag — adds to that politically-charged theme.
“I still feel like America is the greatest country to live in,” Em recently revealed. “This is my opinion. But we have issues that we need to work on and we need to do better.”