Eminem Offers Up Inspirational New Single “Not Afraid”

Whatever dark days Eminem has lived through, he seems to be at peace with himself now. “I’m not afraid to take a stand/Everybody come take my hand, we’ll walk this road together,” he sings (yes, sings—albeit with heavily-layered vocals) on the chorus of brand new single “Not Afraid.” It’s the second offering from Em this week, following his much more aggro freestyle cut “Despicable.” Listen below!

Don’t get us wrong—there’s still plenty of venomous fire in Eminem’s latest song. “You said you was king? You lyin’ through your teeth/For that, fuck your fillings, instead of getting crowned you’re gettin’ capped,” he raps on the second verse.

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Earlier this week Em’s manager Paul Rosenberg talked to Billboard about the Grammy winner’s upcoming album Recovery:

“He [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. 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.”

Meanwhile, this morning on his own SHADE 45 radio station, Eminem discussed Recovery with Angela Lee.

“I wouldn’t say [the whole tone is lighter ] overall—I think there’s a variety of different things, different moods and things like that on there,” the rapper said. “I think that one of the cool things that I got to do with working with a variety of different producers. The sound, you know there’s not just one overall sound…”

Here’s the full interview:

Recovery, Eminem’s seventh studio album, has a release date of June 22.

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  • http://eminemgod.proboards.com ASID

    NICE SONG

    GONNA BUY THAT ALBUM

  • Khalid Haji

    I LOVE EMINEM!

    Fuck I can’t wait for this!

  • peejay80

    i want this album so bad i could shit.

  • Ron

    Yo, Marshall, Wassup. Ron, here, need a favor.

    I loved Eight Mile. But, something happened, and you lost me. I love and respect girls, like no guy you ever met. I did my best to get a chick out of prison in Colorado. She was in for life, for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And bad law. Hunter and Warren tried to help her. Cop got capped by a dude with a serious problem. Warren is dead, and Hunter capped himself. I am here, and the girl was released.

    “Not Afraid” is an interesting title. Leaves open all possibilities, but one. Too many, in my book, because necessity, not possibility, rocks. The necessity of love, to be precise.

    Need a favor. Involves guns. I got no time for them. I do not understand the reference to someone getting capped, not crowned. I have a hard time understanding some things. Imagine that.

    Watched the Minnesota Twins beat the Detroit Tigers in the playoffs in 1987. I loved those games. Minnesota did it with love. I learned a lot. We are never too old to learn.

    I love Ke$ha. I mention it only because I would not be here, asking you for a favor, were it not for her. Chick is dope. “Your Love is My Drug.” is one of my favorite songs. She has great friends. Of all kinds. And a glitter gun. Different kind of gun. I can deal wit dat.

    I love her work with Travie McCoy, “Want U Bad.” Dude has a big heart. So does Miranda Cosgrove, on Sparks Fly, she does a Ke$ha song called “Disgusting,” but I suggest you listen to “BAM.” Change without violence.

    So, here is the favor. I remember the word “misogynist” was somehow associated with something about your music. But that was then. The favor I need involves a chick named LIndsay Lohan. I saw her with a gun in her mouth. I can’t stand that. Really. So, could you please help her. Chick needs love and joy and help. Thanks, Marshall.

    Joy to you, Rose.

  • rob

    Haha “I don’t know if you know this about me, but I’m kind of a big deal.” He is awesome.

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    I am buying this album today! This guy is an F’ing genius!

  • Chelsie

    personally i really dont like rap or eminem
    but now i do lol
    i love the song im not afraid the lyrics are really insperational
    and you can really tell he put a lot of feeling in it
    im sooo buying the album!