The unexpectedly downbeat song — which features Eminem accompanied by Beyonce, a simple piano track, synthesizer, a haunting string section and muted percussion — is surprisingly rough-hewn, with the sound of the rapper scribbling and swearing to himself in the background in between verses. Despite its arrogant-sounding title, the song — which was produced by Rick Rubin and co-written with Beyonce and Skylar Grey, who co-wrote Eminem’s hit “Love the Way You Lie” — is a depressive meditation on trying and failing to meet up to expectations.

“Why are expectations so high?” he begins. “Is it the bar I set, my arms outstretched, but I can’t reach? … I lose my grip like the flying trapeze, Into the dark I plummet …
“Always in search of the verse I haven’t spit yet, will this step just be another misstep?/To tarnish whatever the legacy or love or respect I’ve garnered/The ryhme has to be perfect, the delivery flawless/And it always feels like I’m hitting the markTill I go sit in the car, listen and pick it apartLike ‘This sh– is garbage”

Beyonce’s oft-repeated hook includes the lines:

“I walk on water, but I ain’t no Jesus/ I walk on water but only when it freezes,” and later cascades into the verses:
“‘Cause I’m only human, just like you/Making my mistakes, oh if you only knew/I don’t think you should believe in me the way that you do/Because I’m terrified to let you down.”

Later in the song, Em references Big Sean:

“It’s true, I’m a Rubics, a beautiful mess, at times juvenile, yes… a flawed human, I guess/
But I’m doing my best not to ruin your expectations/And meet ’em/But first the speeding verse/Now Big Sean, is he going too fast/Is he gonna shout or curse out his mom?…There was a time whem I had the world by the balls eating out of my palm/Now I’m getting clowned and frowned upon.”

The rapper is set to appear on “Saturday Night Live” Nov. 18 as the musical guest — the show is hosted by Chance the Rapper. It will be interesting to see whether he performs this song — and if Beyonce joins him for it.

The song’s title was written on a prescription note with a logo for “Revival,” which is presumably the name of his forthcoming album, which has no official release date but is expected to drop at any time between now and the end of the year. The album’s title, which was at the center of an elaborate fake advertising campaign teased by Eminem’s manager Paul Rosenberg earlier in the month, could complete Eminem’s sequence of albums referencing his admitted struggles with prescription drugs, 2009’s “Relapse” and 2010’s “Recovery.” His most recent album was 2013’s “The Marshall Mathers LP 2.”

Last month during the BET Hip-Hop Awards, the rapper delivered a ferocious freestyle takedown of President Trump called “Storm.


Tiffany Gaines
Tiffany Gaines

Entertainment Industry Executive Tiffany Gaines, Owner and Founder of Shared Success Global (A global online marketing agency/distribution company currently marketing and distributing for over 4000 artists and 40 sub labels worldwide), has been building a name for herself as a woman of integrity and professionalism for more than a decade. Gaines graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a Bachelor’s in Political Science, and an emphasis in Law and Society. She has since proved herself as not only one with intelligence and skill, but also a dedicated business woman and entrepreneur. Currently wearing several hats in both the entertainment and hotel industries, she has preserved the highest levels of professional and personal ethics by maintaining a long-term stability in providing access to a network spectrum of quality entertainment sources to both sides of the business. She’s at present, the business manager for Curtis Young, son of the Iconic Dr Dre, former drug kingpin, now currently Amazon’s best seller/Emmy Nominated/Author Freeway Rick Ross, Pomona Drey, formerly of Doggy Style Records/Pimpon Entertainment, American Rapper X-Raided, Son of the late legendary Nate Dogg, Lil Nate Dogg, Billboard charting, national recording artist/fashion designer Christine Storm and 9 times award winning actor Charles D. Clark. In addition to Management, PR and Media Services, she is currently the CEO of LRT Entertainment, Label Manager for Rick Ross Music Group, Chief Operating Officer of Amada Records, Senior Marketing Director of VP Churchill Inc (A high-end apparel company providing options of expression that allow sophisticated consumers to set their own unique distinctions through customization and sublimation. ) and one of the executive directors and content providers of Xperienc. (A three-prong company, catering to the distribution needs in music, videos on demand, streaming services for television shows, short films, movies, documentaries etc licensed with TV app platforms such as Samsung TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku TV, Firestick, Playstation, Xbox) just to name a few. Gaines is also a partner and international hotel broker for the National Hotel’s Association (A global network offering hotels at discounted wholesale rates holding contracts with over 850,000 hotels worldwide) servicing her entire platform of Artists, Producers, CEO’s, label owners, promoters, booking agencies and corporate companies saving her clients up to 75% off retail prices online. Over the years, she has held many positions from both major to independent vastly moving around this circle on various prestigious and exclusive levels. She’s an advocate speaker for the youth, supporter of charitable non-profit organizations such as The National Prostate Awareness Association serving on the board of directors spearheading as director of Media Relations and other meaningful causes of the like. And above all gives credit of her works to the Most-High.

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