It’s anyone’s best guess when Eminem is going to release his eighth studio album, Revival. Shady is scheduled to perform as the musical guest Saturday night (Nov. 18) on Saturday Night Live, where he may just be performing cuts from his highly anticipated LP. Em joined Sirius XM for a chat with DJ Whoo Kid and Lord Sear touching on a multitude of topics that will air on his Shade 45 channel Saturday (Nov. 18) at 2 P.M. and again at 5 P.M. Eastern.
When asked about how the Beyoncé collaboration, “Walk On Water,” came together the 45-year-old said, “First of all, Beyoncé is amazing. And, it’s been on my wish list for a long time, but I never really had a song that I felt like would be right to present to her. So, I was kinda waitin’, and then me and Paul kicked the idea around after I finished it, you know. And based off what it was about, I felt like she probably could relate to this, too. Every song she puts out, every album is so calculated and precise. Everything is so perfect.”
Eminem was actually supportive of the state of hip-hop today, talking in third person, “Watching how some of us were able to watch hip-hop in its infancy stages and watch it grow….through all the transformations its gone through. To come to this day and age and the sound and the way people are playing with flows, I can definitely appreciate it. I try to stay up on everything that’s out.”
Speaking on his relationship with the legendary Rick Rubin, Marshall said, “Rick is really good at bringing things out of me. Me and Rick got a good relationship, it’s definitely starting to develop into a friendship. I love working with him, it’s a relaxed environment. He’s really good at if I have an idea he’s good at guiding. If I write something, I’ll bring it over to him and he’ll give me his honest opinion. He worked on a lot of the album as far as executive producing. I think there’s four songs he did the beat for.”
Dr. Dre is still working with Em, as Shady admitted the brilliant producer actually mixed a few records on Revival. The Eminem Show rapper also touched on his BET freestyle and Donald Trump saying, “I was and am still extremely angry. I can’t stand that motherfucker [Donald Trump]. I feel like he’s not paying attention to me and I was kind of waiting for him to say something, but for some reason he didn’t say anything.”
Shady Season looks to be upon us. Gear up for his SNL performance and forthcoming LP by listening to the full interview below — and make sure to keep your eyes peeled, as Revival could drop at any moment.