Eminem’s first choice for Revival‘s lead single “Walk On Water” wasn’t Beyoncé. According to Shady’s longtime producer and member of D12 Denaun Porter, the Detroit rap goliath initially wanted British pop phenom Adele to sing the hook.
In an interview with ThisIs50, Porter explained “something happened with her and her voice so she couldn’t do it.” He also added, “There’s only a couple people that could pull that off,” when speaking about Mrs. Shawn Carter.
Revival was released on Friday (December 15) to tepid reviews. The 19-track project, which features several pop stars like Ed Sheeran and P!nk, serves as Em’s follow-up to 2013’s Marshall Mathers LP 2.
Check out Porter’s comments on the single starting around the 2:40 mark.