Eminem Explains The Lack Of Rap Features Of "Revival"
He "ain't without Jesus."
After months of teasing, Eminem's Revival finally came on Friday (15 December) to mixed reviews. One of the strongest criticisms was its lack of rap features. Apart from Phresher, which provides the hook on "Chloraseptic," the rest of the guests points is carried out by the pop stars such as Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and P!nk.
During a "Fireside Chat" with SiriusXM Shade45, Slim Shady explained why there was only one rapper in the 19-track effort.
"There are a couple of things that were in the works that ended up not working," he said. "Just ended up not being able to have any rap features apart from Phresher do the hook on" Chloraseptic.'"
In other places in the 45 minutes of discussion, Eminem opened up about the importance of the last three songs on the album — "In Your Head", "the Castle" and "Rose" to call it "the key to getting to where I am now." More specifically, he talks about a near fatal overdose he experienced in 2007.
"When [daughter] Hailie was born, I would always write letters I thought that one day he was going to give her just to have 'em; that is where the concept of: Let's start from the beginning," he explained. "And it enters into the addiction part; The 'Castle' of the song basically takes place in 2007, leading to the overdose, which leads to Christmas and your birthday and I am missing because I was in the hospital. To me, not to my kids for Christmas was difficult.
"And if you listen to 'Castles' all the way through, you listen to me to take pills and fall, which was the re-creation of me falling in the bathroom and then waking up in the hospital and not knowing what the fuck was going on," he added. "I had tubes in me, I was angry and I could not talk at all."
Despite the polarization of the reactions to the draft, the Revival is still penetrated deeply personal stories of one of Hip Hop's biggest MCs. As he professed in the album's first single, "Walk On Water" with Beyoncé, "is the curse of the law."