Slim Shady Scores
When “Walk On Water” hit music streaming services (and Youtube) most hip-hop fans simultaneously thought the same thing: “Eminem got a feature with Beyoncé? He really made it.” The unlikely match-up shocked and impressed everyone who heard it. As pleased as listeners were though, they still wondered how Slim Shady scored such a prime feature.
During an interview for Rick Rubin’s Broken Record, a podcast started by the producer to “tell stories about music,” that question was answered. As fate would have it, Rubin played the record for Jay-Z, knowing that he would identify with its message. Jay-Z then sent it to his wife Beyoncé, whose vocals perfectly match the song’s vibe, ending in one killer track.
The “Rap God”
Eminem spoke candidly about the struggles of seasoned artists and his new track with Bey. While the “Rap God” artist once said “when I retire I’ll be worshiped like an old battleship,” “Walk On Water” seemingly rethinks those words. “It’s a very mortal song,” Em began. “I mean like… You know… It’s mortality. It’s, you know, not being superman. And what if I can’t come up with the best shit I’ve ever wrote every single time. You know?”
Broken Record‘s co-host Malcom Gladwell then reveled that Jay-Z coaxed Beyoncé into doing the feature. “Rick went to see Jay-Z, Beyoncé was out of town, and played him the song. He liked it and she liked it, and he got her to sing the chorus,” Gladwell shared. “The reason I wanted to play it for him was because I’m sure these same feelings crossed his mind,” Rubin said afterwards. “I’m sure these same feelings crossed any very successful artist’s mind.”
Staying on Topic
Jigga put his wife to work as he’s busy working himself. The New York rapper is in the middle of his 4:44 tour, sharing his views about the culture’s current events at every stop. The Magna Carta Holy Grail artist recently voiced his opinions on the NFL and the movement Colin Kaepernick began.
After the quarterback’s sitting/kneeling caught the nation’s attention, it quickly became labeled as a race war. Combined with efforts from the Black Lives Matter movement, racial tension noticeably rose to uncomfortable heights.Jay-Z says that this shouldn’t have happened though because the issue is not about race.
“This is not a black or white issue. Its a human issue. It’s a child. So when we over here puttin our muthaf–kin fist up and kneeling… It’s not because we disrespecting the flag. It’s because we want to bring attention to injustice,” Jigga said during the New Orleans stop of his 4:44 tour.
“If your 16-year-old child left the house and didn’t come back, everyone should be effected. That’s not a black or a white issue, that’s a human issue. That’s a young person who lost their life senselessly,” he added during his stop in Miami.
“Unjust” and “Heavy-handed.”
The rapper has also spoke on Meek Mill’s prison sentence several times during his tour. “If you give me two seconds… I’ve got to say something about a young man by the name of Meek Mill,” he began. “He caught a charge when he was, like, 19. He’s 30 now; he’s been on probation for 11 years. F–king 11 years. Judge gave him two-to-four years because he got arrested for being on a bike and popping a f–king wheelie.”
After Meek’s sentence was released, Jay’s comments on the matter made headline after headline. In a now-infamous Facebook post, the rapper called Judge Genece Brinkley’s — the judge who oversaw Meek’s original case in 2008 and his current one — sentence “unjust” and “heavy-handed.”
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