( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Eminem and Queen Bey Collaborate on New Single “Walk on Water”
ENSPIRE Contributor: Emmanuel Perilla
Rapper Eminem released his first single “Walk on Water” from his upcoming album, Revival, which features vocals from Beyonce. The unexpected duo certainly made an impact with the single with powerful lyrics on the pressures of being successful artists. Beyonce opens up the song with the verse, “I walk on water, but I ain’t no Jesus, I walk on water but only when it freezes. Beyonce is saying that despite the praise and reverence she receives as a successful artist, she still has insecurities and is not above the human condition. In one of his verses Eminem raps, “Why are expectations so high? Is it the bar I set? He continues to say, “Kids look at me as a god, this is retarded. “If they only knew, it’s a facade and it’s exhaustive.
Eminem is clearly saying that the fans that put him on a pedestal are giving him too much praise. He’s saying the persona they think they know so well is not really rooted in reality and that he has flaws just like anybody else. In the chorus towards the end of the song, Beyonce sings, “Cause I’m only human, just like you. “I’ve been making mistakes, oh if you only knew. “I don’t think you should believe in me the way you do. Beyonce wants her audience to understand that she has human vulnerabilities like anybody else and that people shouldn’t regard her as highly as they do. Both her and Eminem are expressing the obstacles that come with being a celebrity and often being admired and seen as role models. This bold new song reminds us that even popular artists like Eminem and Beyonce understand humility and the stumbling blocks that come with being human.
Eminem is proving he is committed to using his platform to speak on real issues. Besides his new single, he made headlines when he fearlessly criticized Donald Trump in his freestyle at the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards. He rapped, “But we better give Obama props/Cause what we got in office now is a kamikaze/ That’ll probably cause a nuclear holocaust. “When he attacks the NFL so we focus on that in/instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada/ All these horrible tragedies and he would rather/Cause a twitter storm with the Packers. Eminem isn’t one to mince his words. He dedicated the few minutes he had to criticize the policies of President Trump and was unapologetic about his distaste for the president. While he received much praise for his bold freestyle, Eminem also received some criticism. Some have taken issue with the fact that during the freestyle, black members of Eminem’s Shady Records were standing behind him. They interpreted it as disturbing imagery. In their view, one of these black men were just as capable as Eminem to express the discontent with Trump. They didn’t appreciate the idea of a white person speaking for them. Others came to Eminem’s defense, saying that people should be glad he used his privilege to speak on the issues in the first place. Whatever you’re criticism of him may be, Eminem is definitely an artist that speaks his truth.