Eminem Rhymes About Addiction & Recovery On "Not Afraid"

Slim Shady and Boi-1da bring out, "Not Afraid," and the emcee recently spoke on what fans can expect from his new album.

Eminem is not the same man that he was when he first introduced himself to the mainstream world by saying his name on the Dr. Dre produced single "My Name Is." Slim Shady has evolved. Marshall Mathers has gone through more than a few changes and now stands as a 37 year-old sober man. A constant in his life has been Rap and the emcee has continued rhyming through it all. Now prepping the release of Recovery, he has unleashed his first single off the new album, "Not Afraid ".

The Boi-1da produced "Not Afraid" breaks out as an anthem for Em's sobriety and new lessons learned through adversity.

"I just can't keep living this way," he rhymes on the track. "So starting today I'm breaking out of this cage / I'm standing up, I'ma face my demons / I'm manning up, I'ma hold my ground / I've had enough, now I'm so fed up / Time to put my life together right now."

Dr. Dre, DJ Khalil and Mobb Deep's Havoc are all named as producers on the album, which is showing a less comedic side of Marshall Mathers as the emcee will, for the first time, not include skits. The array of producers may help the diversity of the disc, as he told Shade 45's Angela Yee that fans can expect "different things" on Recovery.

"There's a variety of different things, different moods and things like that on there," he said. "There's not just one overall sound. It's a bunch of different shit."

The song also touches on past mistakes including "that last Relapse album," demons and a black cloud that he feels continues to follow him, but promises fans that he's back and will not let them down again. Em's Recovery will be released June 22.

To see what the Rap tastemakers (including HipHopDX) are saying about the single in Complex.com's "What's The Consensus" column, click here.

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  • iPrince412

    the song is amazing. . the king is back. . . . #1 selling artist in the last 10 years. . . ididdnt feel relapse all to much. . .but hes new ish is gonna shut da game dwn

  • doubl negative

    Da new Em track iz unsurprizingly awful. I've said before Em'z best work waz over 10 yearz ago. I'm not hatin', dude iz obviously talented, but only Stanz and white girlz who have no understandin' of hip-hop like hiz new ish. I don't understand bloggerz playin' da race card - I'm black and quite PC when it comez 2 white emceez, but if white B-Boyz wanna support Slim through racial solidarity, they'd B better off alignin' their allegiance 2 more worthy white rapperz such az Necro, Terminology, Ill Bill or check out some old 3rd Bass tapez.

    • dee21

      how ignorant do u sound calling "terminology" white..

    • Justme

      Yea im laughing at the namez you lizted az better then em. Ill admint relapse was whack i got tired of that accent before the album even dropped, but all the guest spots hes done lately, plus this single and his dispicable freestyle all show why hes the king. Recovery seems like it will live up to and surpass the hype.

    • wolfman

      Necro's too over the top with the gore shit... For me. Terminology's nice, but too standard rapping... Ill Bill is probably the best of the 3 you mentioned. Eminem still outclasses all 3 by a mile, even on his worst days..

    • mike-thaniel

      Umm Termanology is Puerto Rican. But thankz for your ignorant comment anywayz.

    • kush nap

      why do you add z to everything you fuckin crack baby? i got a fuckin headache from reading your comment and now i wanna punch you in the fuckin face. im tryin to figure out why youre capitalizing letters, and spelling everything with z like a wigger faggot. back on topic, em spits crack, and if he fell the fuck off 2marrow, hed still be spittin crack. whether he rapping about his cheatin wife, drugs, chris reeves, his kids, whatever. its the style son. he spits crack.

  • mike-thaniel

    I hated the relapse album at first. I gave it another chance and it really grew on me. I just wasn't used to hearing Em rap like that I guess. But it's an actual ALBUM instead of a bunch of songs. De Ja vu, Underground, 3 AM, Beautiful-- all incredibly songs. Better than anything else out there.. i'm sure Em will come through again.

  • STOPIT

    Em they're doing you dirty with the production, listen to Dre. Dre warned you on Relapse and you didn't listen. Shit, Dre had some corny production on Relapse too but Em still was the one who picked the beats. I mean come on son, "Crack A Bottle let your body Wobble"??? Refer to 50 for real hooks and all these songs got crazy beats... I line Niggas, I do my homework, I find niggas Because I'm a pyscho, a killa, I'm crazy I keep hearing niggas saying, I'm supposed to die tonight What up Blood, What up Cuz, What up GANSTAAAA Many men...wish death upon me, blood in my eye dog and I can't see..I'm trying to be what I'm destined to be, and niggas trying to take my life away But yawl like what you like it's all good to me, just my opinion. AND FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, would all you cats that are younger than 30 please jump off the racist shit. When you get older you will find out it is a complete waist of fucking time because assholes come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Ask your parents how much being racist helped them, since that's where you got the shit from.

  • STOPIT

    I don't like Relapse but almost everything on it is better than "I'm Not Afraid". Em stop listening internet rap nerds and do you. You can't please everyone and you become a puppet not an artist. That goes for all other rappers too.

  • czza

    yo u kids are fags specially that lemon kid none of you even know what hip hop is so why come on a site and leave some retarted omments and for that fag at the top he dont want no1 to feel sorry for him self ur just another nigga hating on the white boy because hes bettter then any black guy at there own game stop hating go bump ur soulja boy lil guy hes worth a nice coll 300 mill all from RAP from MUSIC unlike fifty cent who might have made a quarter of what he worth from rap, u dont make nearly 300 million dollars if ur a shity rapper ur just a fuckin bitch ass nigaa tha wants people to feel sorry for your ass lame ass kid EMINEM will kill anyone in the game now DONT think So??? WWHOS IS BETTER SCREAM AT ME

    • KeeganL

      Nas - Understandable. Vinnie Paz - LOL Vinnie just goes for shocks nowadays--and sounds like a 'tard doing it. Esoteric - Ehhh...no. Canibus - Rap's pseudo-scientist? He got destroyed by Em and wax, yet won't let it die. Jay-Z - I'd say no, but it's certainly arguable. Chino XL - Definitely not. Has some cool punches, but that's really all he is. Immortal Technique - I like him, but he's just a conspiracy theory-perpetuating ignorant tool who can't stay on beat to save his life. GZA - I like GZA, but he's not versatile at all. Ghostface - Most overrated member of Wu. Ill Bill - No. Cage - No. Slug - Slug can paint a picture like no one else, but he's just not lyrically or technically keen. And I LOVE Atmosphere. Obie Trice - No. Royce Da 5'9" - Royce is underrated out the anus, but no. Akribatik - Not even close. Celph Titled - Some nice songs and stuff, but I'm not seeing it. Sean Price - Oh God no. Jus Allah - Cool, but better than Em? No. R.A. The Rugged Man - Other than the verse on "Uncommon Valor", he's really not that amazing. Kool G Rap - A legend, but that doesn't mean he ever stood up lyrically to a lot of cats. Percee P - Nooooooo. Just NO. You're not even trying here. I'm not even a Stanley Em fan--I just calls them as I see them. But I agree in that money accumulated should mean NOTHING. Same as record sales. Of course, everything I've said is subjective, but that's what a site with comments enabled is all about. :)

    • Justme

      Nas, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Canibus, Jay-Z, Chino XL, Immortal Technique, GZA, Ghostface, Ill Bill, Cage, Slug, Obie Trice, Royce Da 5'9", Akribatik, Celph Titled, Sean Price, Jus Allah, R.A. The Rugged Man, Kool G Rap, Percee P and a lot more. If you think that getting 300 million dollars makes you a good rapper then you need to listen to something other than the radio man. The hungry rapper are the best. The rappers with a message are the best. The People who want to contribute to the music for the music are the best. Money don't mean shit. That's just marketing. Marketing which you have fallen for. You can't tell me that Em's past two albums were good at all. Encore was shitty, and Relapse was even worse. Recovery sounds like it'll be good, but it's gonna be Em just spittin'. And just spittin' isn't enough to put you in the halls of the G.O.A.T.s. Tupac, and Biggie Aren't considered the best because they made money. There are considered the best because they put their blood sweat and tears in to their music to make it the best that it can be. $300 million can't buy skill. And where did you get this "Em makes $300 million" bullshit? The only two rappers that have done that are Jay-Z and 50 cent. Get your facts straight. LMAO @ that list. Ill say nas and percee p. i love how you listed canibus..when em buried him...and chino xl...em buried him to..jay z..when hes a known swagga jacka and em outversed him and thensome on renegade. love ghost but em would roast and vinnie p? i mean dudes good but not that good

    • STOPIT

      Yes Jay Z- are U serious? His whole catalog says it all.

    • MalcolmEcks

      Nas, Vinnie Paz, Esoteric, Canibus, Jay-Z, Chino XL, Immortal Technique, GZA, Ghostface, Ill Bill, Cage, Slug, Obie Trice, Royce Da 5'9", Akribatik, Celph Titled, Sean Price, Jus Allah, R.A. The Rugged Man, Kool G Rap, Percee P and a lot more. If you think that getting 300 million dollars makes you a good rapper then you need to listen to something other than the radio man. The hungry rapper are the best. The rappers with a message are the best. The People who want to contribute to the music for the music are the best. Money don't mean shit. That's just marketing. Marketing which you have fallen for. You can't tell me that Em's past two albums were good at all. Encore was shitty, and Relapse was even worse. Recovery sounds like it'll be good, but it's gonna be Em just spittin'. And just spittin' isn't enough to put you in the halls of the G.O.A.T.s. Tupac, and Biggie Aren't considered the best because they made money. There are considered the best because they put their blood sweat and tears in to their music to make it the best that it can be. $300 million can't buy skill. And where did you get this "Em makes $300 million" bullshit? The only two rappers that have done that are Jay-Z and 50 cent. Get your facts straight.

    • NY's king

      lol jay-z are you serious? renegade says it all

  • als_360

    Go somewhere with that emo rap. if you life sucks that bad just blow your brains out. He want niggaz to keep feelin sorry for him

    • KIING hustle

      obviously u dont understand where he comin from nd 4 u 2 say dat u desreve to f****** hang urself on the empire state building 4 him 2 c u jus disrespected a f****** legend u wouldnt say that bout big or pac b/c they made a wack song DI*K

  • Rachael5922

    Today i got up and cleaned my house just because of this song ;)

  • dillaDOOM

    wow im really excited abotu this i was hoping for em to grow up with me or visa versa but now it it seems it will happen on this album ne way the single is supa and the album sounds good im super happy blaze and havoc have beats on there khalil im happy about dre duh, em might only produce one songagain which aint bad ifit focuses the rap part, but hes got to get mr porter productions on there he has to, he has to get alchemist beats, hopefully use the jake one beats he got boi1da jim jonsin, and we can all just hope he got teh hook up with premo, i think hip hop has been wishing that fora while, i also dreamin for a dilla joint with royce and maybea rick rubin beat, if rubin can make the beasties and ll cool j rock liek that then bring it on and we all seem him 99 problems work, maybe 45 king again a duno im dreaming now but this huge production list would bea new thing good thing for em

  • Lemonz

    Word. Like what he said on the song, I felt about the same about his last album.

  • Sugar no Milk

    You know i actually kinda liked Relapse. Compared to some of the other shit that came out last year, Relapse was good. I've still got De Ja Vu banging on my ipod, and its still good. Eminem's "eehhh" album won a grammy. Now that's some crazy shit. As far as 'Not Afraid" goes, it's a solid 4/5. Glad to hear Em rapping in his normal voice. Along with that Despicable freestyle he dropped earlier in the week, the Airplanes II verse, Killing Weezy on Drop The World, and owning Drake, Kanye and Weezy again on "Forever". its more evident now that Eminem is indeed, "Best Rapper Alive". No Doubt.

    • l33ch

      @sugar, yes, i totally agree... i think he just needed to wake people up, even though he collaboed (and probably didn't want to) with drake and wayne...yes he did destroy them on their own tracks (lyrical suicide)...but that's their own fault...maybe he's using them to work his way back (then again, does he REALLY need them to get back on top?) Yeap, I don't like the 'new school' rap/hiphop cuz it doesn't have the "substance" that oldschool rap/hiphop did...you can definitely tell the difference (and I'm saying this to old heads out there who KNOW what I'm talking about)... a shame, yeah get your money but you're doing it for the wrong reasons....just a shame.. *it's a damn shame* (little hook off of one of KOOL G RAP'S tracks)

    • Lemonz

      Deja Vu was the shit though.

  • BTNH420

    the song was dope except for those annoying radio people in some parts, whens this gonna be on itunes without the radio people

  • big nik

    cant please every 1, but im feeling this song and that freestyle he had was hot name a mc right now who can match em!!!not to mant if any!!!lyrics r crazy these new cats out here have no lyrics!!!buch of gay bitchs with tight ass jeans bustin a sag!! that shit is wack!!

    • l33ch

      That freestyle he had on allhiphop.com was called "you're despicable"... no stupid accent, this is just Em str8 spittin....and you will know that he ain't playing...even with the daffy duck impression on the last line...peep it all!!!

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  • If You Like Eminem Click >>HERE

    Well I hope the album does have a couple lighter songs. He's my favorite emcee but I can't see myself sitting through an entire album of dark songs. I like his comedic side and his emotional side. This is the first album that has a dark, emotion filled song for a lead single rather than him clowning so it's gonna be really interesting to see how it shapes up. I can't wait to see what he does on Hav's beat and any other outside producers.

  • Ah hell

    This song is cool. Very deep whether you can relate or not. Props Em.

  • Bang^Out82

    Carbon Copy Paper Trail? Nigga are you fuckin serious? Did you even listen to that song. That was a dope track, EVERY SONG ON PAPER WAS WACK. Get ya head checked before your next Attempt at a "Whats the consensus" review.

  • barrymanilow

    Em is a great lyricist, but his production has always been what brought him down. Even the tracks he did with Dre were always too cartoony for my taste. If dude hooked up with Pete Rock or Premier his work would probably last longer. People are going to listen to The Real Slim Shady in 20 years and say "jesus christ, turn this shit off".

    • I_Am_Beast

      He meant when Eminem produces the track and makes the beat himself or co-produces a track, not his beat selection overall. I'm inclined to agree, Em is a terrible producer. I have a hard time sitting through some of beats he makes, they can be cheesey as shit sometimes.

    • YSSUP KIDZ

      I totally disagree. Without the beats he had or the backing of a respected artist like Dre, he likely would have been just another dope mc. Not the icon he is today. And its been 10 years so far and the song is still appreciated. Mainly because where this music has gone and seemingly still headed. Em's corniest shit are still bangers compared to the garbage these days.

    • curbstompa

      i hear that. never thought of it like that.

  • Christian2424

    This song is really amazing, I am in 4 months of recovery myself because I was addicted to oxy and vicodin, and this is really touching in an amazing way. I think we can expect the best from Em now, lol, and trust me when I say this but Em is gonna be more pissed off now then he was before lol...you watch....people in recovery tend to project they're anger outwards in some way rather than inwards....he gonna do this with his pen now.....expect the best as long as he stays sober.....Good for you EM....Im with ya bro.... :-) FUCK EM ALL UP.... NOW....if we could all get Lil Wayne to get clean.....LOL......maybe he need to listen to this song over and over n jail.....

  • kush nap

    em doesnt need to apologize for relapse. since when does em give a fuck anyway? if you on some real emcee shit, you at the very least, respected relapse. hes on some other shit now. some will say they liked relapse better, no pleasing everyone. versatility can be a bitch. single is dope. em sound like he tryin to be rihanna on the hook though.

  • c/gaddic

    It's funny how DX dick rides Eminem for promotion reasons but yet criticizes one of the best lyrical efforts for the year Relapse No skits? What the FUCK? Even Marshall Mathers Lp had skits-classic skits Hopefully Em doesn't change too much what made his fans love him in the first place Comedy is a signature of his and Red man's style It's what makes THEM who THEY ARE Toning it down is the request by fans not completely obliterating it

  • JDDD

    Song is really dope.....

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