Eminem and Beyoncé Just Released a Stunning New Ballad
The emotional 'Walk On Water' returns the rapper to his 'Stan' days.
BY Matt Miller | Nov 13, 2017 | Music
Eminem has always been his most accessible when he gets emotional. Consider the Dido-featuring "Stan," which remains one of Eminem's finest musical moments that even got Elton John on his side. In fact, at the end of "Walk on Water"—his new song with Beyoncé—Eminem even drops a Stan reference, highlighting the parallels between the two songs released 17 years apart.
In "Walk on Water," Eminem takes a retrospective look at his career, where he marvels at his own longevity and talks about washing the blonde from his hair. It's like he's using "Walk on Water" and "Stan" as bookends of an era, a snapshot of an impressive career. And while it serves as a musical memoir of sorts, this is as much a Beyoncé song as it is an Eminem song, with the singer carrying half the weight of the song, singing the beautiful chorus "I walk on water / but only when it freezes."
But considering the softness of the song—it consists only of a gentle grand piano—Eminem is powerful, aggressive, and unforgettable. It's a reminder of what he was, and is, capable of. This song also cuts through the persona, the media coverage, and history of Eminem, with the rapper describing himself as a Rubik's Cube, and Beyoncé singing "I'm only human" in the hook.
It's true, Eminem is flawed and human like the rest of us, but still capable of incredible things all the same. And "Walk on Water" is proof.