Slim Shady is no stranger to SNL, making his debut assisting Dr. Dre back in 1999. Saturday will mark Em’s seventh appearance on the show, his first time since promoting The Marshall Mathers LP 2 back in 2013.
Last Friday (Nov. 10) the Detroit native dropped off the first single from upcoming album with “Walk on Water,” calling on Beyonce for the tuneful assist. Em is sure to perform the epic collaboration in addition to other cuts from Revival, which is still without a release date.
Here are five things we want to see from Eminem’s Saturday Night Live performance.
Bring Beyonce out to Perform “Walk on Water”
Bey hasn’t performed in months since her pregnancy, while she cares for her and JAY-Z’s new twins, Rumi and Sir. Making a return on SNL sharing the stage with a fellow legend would be a sight to behold and may even break the internet Saturday night. Music is a better place with Beyonce performing, as Beyhive fans can dream of their hero caressing the melodic hook to “Walk on Water” live for the first time. Make it happen Marshall!
Announce a Release Date for Revival
Stans across the globe are losing their minds trying to decipher when the project is in fact going to actually drop. Em can put that all to rest and build more momentum moving into his rumored AMA performance Sunday (Nov. 19) by putting a release date on Revival. Could you imagine right before Shady brings his set to a close, he announces that the LP is now live on all digital music marketplaces?
Perform Unreleased Tracks from the Album
In all likelihood Em is going to be performing “Walk on Water” in some capacity, hopefully the set includes other tracks that haven’t been heard by the public that will also appear on Revival. A Chance The Rapper assist on the live performance would set the Internet on fire, driving the anticipated project to new heights with a Chance and Em collab. One can dream, but Saturday Night Live seems like a good bet to hear the next new Eminem track.
Show Support for Meek Mill, Oppose Donald Trump
The Recovery artist sent social media into a frenzy with his BET freestyle attacking President Trump in October. Em’s voice is still an important unifying force in hip-hop, backing Meek would be another step in reinforcing the mass incarceration conversation that was kept alive by artists and protesters since his sentencing.
Speaking on Sirius XM Friday (Nov. 18), Shady stated he’s “still extremely angry. I can’t stand that motherf—er [Donald Trump]. I feel like he’s not paying attention to me and I was kind of waiting for him to say something.” Maybe Eminem will use the platform to send another shot 45’s way.
Denounce Opioid Usage
In the wee hours of Friday morning, reports broke out that 21-year-old artist Lil’ Peep had passed away on his tour bus due to a drug overdose. The addiction conversation is one that needs to be brought to the forefront with more prominent artists denouncing pills and lean as its use runs rampant in the industry.
Wiz Khalifa actually sent out an anti-lean PSA on Instagram last weekend. Eminem has opened up about his drug addiction in the past, which peaked about a decade ago and was a constant battle to overcome, taking years off of his life. Hopefully Mathers can respectively pay homage to Peep, while speaking up letting those struggling with addiction know that help is out there.