I knew that it was coming since I witnessed Eminem’s public slaughter of President Trump during the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards.
I’ve never been the biggest Eminem fan, but I can truly respect the longevity of his career and the mastery of his craft as a rapper. So, if Eminem drops something I gotta at least check the joint out.
Walk on Water is Eminem’s first single since the release of his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 back in 2013. With the project brought electric singles like Berzerk and The Monster (feat. Rihanna) which both went platinum multiple times. Even ya’ Momma knew these songs.
On one side, he’s just a regular guy just like everyone else. But on the other side, he’s been catapulted into stardom (a sort of “rap god’) where he struggles with maintaining that ever-present view of him in the mind of his fans. I definitely enjoy seeing Eminem explore his personal side through his lyrical content, which is usually his strong suit. We know that Eminem can rap like none other. He’s been proving it since ’96.
Some of my favorite lines off the track is the start of the third verse “It’s true, I’m a Rubik’s – a beautiful mess..” and in the middle of the first verse “I lose my grip like the flyin’ trapeze; into the dark, I plummet…”. Vivid imagery is a poetic device that Eminem masters.
Better yet, the concept of the recurring chorus is utterly beautiful. The chorus is one of those choruses that, as a writer, you wish you wrote. It’s that good. It’s so simplistic but heart-wrenching at the same time. It’s like an excellent fortune inside of a fortune cookie.
Of course, Beyonce sounds amazing. Beyonce always sounds amazing. She’s Beyonce. But, it’s cool to see her featured on someone else’s track. (Thanks, Jay-Z)
But, I’m kind of a Beyonce stan. So, if she released a track of her singing the script to Michael Scott’s Threat Level Midnight I’m going to say it’s a bop. Y’all know it would be.
Don’t get me wrong, every aspect (lyrics, beat, vocals, flow) of the song is filled to the brim with quality. But, something about the track isn’t hitting me the way I think it wants it to.
I think it’s because I expected it to be great. A song with Eminem and Beyonce should be nothing but, right? It’s almost too great. It’s like a really industry-driven mash-up of greatness. Eminem and Beyonce have both hit a sort of stardom that leaves them untouchable, almost impenetrable to criticism. That’s kind of boring to me. They basically have no competition. That doesn’t take away from the fact that this track is solid though.
I have a feeling I’ll grow to like this track more as time goes on.
But, I know I’ll always love that chorus.
What do you think of Walk on Water? Are you excited about Eminem’s return? Let me know in the comments’ section below.