Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has premiered, “Not Afraid,” the first single from his upcoming Recovery album.
The song was released on the Internet early Thursday (April 29) morning.
Eminem has debuted his new single Not Afraidon radio, and it’s quickly hit the internet. The song is the first taste of the rapper’s next album Recovery – which is due for release in June. “Not Afraid” features Em’ reflecting on his rehabilitation from drug addiction (and “facing my demons”) in a typically forthright way. “I’m not afraid/ To take a stand/ Everybody come take my hand/ We’ll walk thos road together through the storm/ Whatever weather- cold or warm/ Just letting you know that you’re not alone/ holla if you’ve been down the same road.” (MTV UK)
Em’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, confirmed reports of the project’s first single being called “Not Afraid” this week.
“It’s not a dark song, it’s an uplifting song,” Rosenberg tells Billboard.com about the Boi-1da-produced track, which is scheduled to be released this week. About the album’s new direction — reflected in the album’s recent title change — Rosenberg says the set will be “more accessible to more fans. [Eminem] had pretty much completed a whole second album worth of material but at some point he took a step back, looked at it and said, ‘I think I want to record some more,'” he says. “But in recording, the album started to sound so different and was going in such a different direction that he decided to keep it going and turn it into a whole new album. The last album was really for the core Eminem fans. I think this record will open that up a bit.” (Billboard)
Recovery producer Just Blaze recently talked about his experience working with the Grammy-winning artist.
“I have a few more songs that I have to finish mixing,” Blaze said in an interview. “It’s a great experience working with him, he’s such a hands-on artist… Most artists come in and rap and the rest is up to you. It’s good to collaborate with someone on the other end of the spectrum.” (VIBE)
Producer Jim Jonsin also recently revealed Em’s interest to experiment on the new album.
“He was open to ideas,” Jonsin revealed in an interview. “He was real respectful to my craft. He let me do what I do. He asked me ideas on some of the lyrics. We had ideas for lyric changes. Certain words may or may not work on radio. We talked about that. He had a setup outside of the room to do production, but I’d rather be in the room where he was at, and he was cool with that. And I knocked out a couple of joints in there while he was in there with me. He was pretty open and he let me do my thing. He did his thing. It was a pretty good experience…We touched on something that I haven’t done anything like that before.” (MTV)
Check out Eminem’s “Not Afraid” down below: