One of rap’s biggest superstars, Eminem, is back with a new song “Walk on Water,” and his surprise release on Friday features none other than Beyoncé – adding royal flair to an already hotly-anticipated new drop.
“Walk on Water” has Queen Bey singing, “I walk on water/But I ain’t no Jesus/I walk on water/But only when it freezes” — as Eminem spits bars about the pressures of his life and career.
If you listen carefully and closely, you can hear the sounds of Eminem writing and ripping up paper in the background.
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) November 10, 2017
Sharing the track on social media, Eminem wrote, “I’MMM BACK #WalkonWater #Revival @Beyonce #ShadyBack,” alongside an image of the single’s artwork: a black and white photo of a crowd, partially submerged by blue water.
“Walk on Water” is a soaring, emotionally resonant step in the return to the spotlight of one of rap’s boldest voices.
The Detroit rapper started teasing the song earlier in the week with a cryptic Instagram post featuring a fake prescription medication note.
It’s part of a campaign for a forthcoming untitled album that includes a website for a faux medication of the same name.
Meanwhile, the new Eminem/Beyoncé collaboration has ignited a firestorm on Twitter.
See tweets below:
Eminem AND Beyonce?! World (and water) stop.
— BET (@BET) November 10, 2017
Thank you Eminem/Beyonce for dropping this just in time to keep Taylor Swift off that #1 spot. You’re the real MVPs.
— Kazeem Famuyide (@RealLifeKaz) November 10, 2017
twitter: "EMINEM JUST RELEASED A NEW SONG"
me: "Okay, and?"
twitter: "BEYONCE IS ON IT"
— Thomas Moore (@Thomas_A_Moore) November 10, 2017
This is the song I’ve been trying to write since age 6.
Every time I wrote a song I hoped it would be this good. I am truly proud of everything I’ve created, but this is the one.#WalkOnWater by @Eminem ft. @Beyonce, co-written/co-produced by me.
— Skylar Grey (@SkylarGrey) November 10, 2017
me pretending to like Eminem because Beyonce is on a song with him pic.twitter.com/IiJ4CmCQhl
— all that and a bag of chips (@TiffanyIsesele) November 10, 2017
taylor: "so guys my new album jus-"
*eminem/beyonce drop* pic.twitter.com/RZvJfOOHB5
— Mohannad (@melshorbagyy) November 10, 2017
— Nae Grande (@arianatorhill) November 10, 2017
Eminem and Beyoncé are at very interesting stages in their career's. They are loved by millions yet everything they do is picked apart. It doesn't matter what they do, people will still be pissed. No matter what.
— J (@thisisjwest) November 10, 2017
*trying to enjoy Beyoncé in peace*
*enter Eminem’s voice* pic.twitter.com/sR8KTvM7PI
— Martin Luther Kween (@YoungBossquiat) November 10, 2017