Little is known about Eminem’s forthcoming eighth studio album, but expectant fans have had their appetites whetted with the unveiling of a brand new track called Survival. The aggressive, rock infused song has been used in a trailer for video game Call of Duty: Ghosts and is the first taste of what to expect when the 40-year-old rapper drops his eagerly anticipated new album later this year.
Featuring vocals from Skylar Grey, Survival sees Eminem back on form as he prepares to release his first collection of fresh material since the That LP featured collaborations with the likes of Pink, Lil Wayne and Rihanna – whose duet on Love the Way You Lie earned them a number one hit in twenty countries and Eminem a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. Further details about the new album – including a title and official release date – are yet to be revealed, but the rapper will be hoping to replicate the success of his last release when it finally drops. Speaking NME, record producer Alchemist – a long term collaborator – said that Eminem was ‘just getting back on his feet’ with his last two records, Recovery and its 2009 predecessor, Relapse. Eminem will release his yet to be titled eighth studio album later thiis year Of what to expect from the album he said: ‘Clearly going to further territories.
I think what you would expect, especially after the last go-round. ‘He was just getting his feet back on Relapse and then Recovery just came with the smash hits and everything and I think now – he’s Eminem.’ Artists expected to feature on the new record include Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar, while comedian Chris Rock is alsosaid to be making an appearance. Dr. Dre – instrumental in launching Eminem’s career back in the late 90’s – recently confirmed that his friend was close to finishing work on the new record.
‘Em is finishing up his project. And for me, I’ve just got inspired again to go back into the studio,’ he said. ‘I’m just really having fun with life and having fun with being creative and trying new and different things with myself.’ Speaking earlier this year, Shady Records President Paul Rosenberg said the album will be released ‘post-Memorial Day.’ The rapper’s new album will feature appearances from Kendrick Lamar and Big Sean, amongst others He told Billboard: ‘He’s been working on it for some time. It’s safe to say that it will be post-Memorial Day at some point, but we’re not exactly sure when.
‘We’ve got some dates locked in for him to perform live in Europe in August, so we’re trying to see what else lines up.’ Three of those European dates include a performance at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park on August 20 before he headlines at the Reading and Leeds Festivals when they take place between August 23-25. Meanwhile fans have been tweeting their appreciation of the new track on micro-blogging site Twitter, with many posting choice lyrics, amongst them ‘They said I was washed up, and I got a blood bath/I’m not a rapper, I’m and adapter’ and ‘I must be allergic to failure, ‘cause every time I come close to it I just sneeze.’ Versatile rapper, producer and actor Sean ‘P Diddy’ Combs has also been tweeting about new track, which follows hot on the heels of new albums from Kanye West and Jay-Z. He wrote: ‘Damn it’s a good week for Hip-Hop!!! Made one of the greats Eminem drop a record!!! This what’s been missin!! (sic).’