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.[wpaudio url="http://idolator.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/Not-Afraid.mp3" text="Eminem - Not Afraid" dl="0"]
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.