[artist id="502642"]Eminem[/artist] is set to begin his Recovery on Thursday when he premieres “Not Afraid,” the first single from his follow-up to last year’s comeback project Relapse.
Recovery is set for a June 22 release , the rapper recently announced via Twitter. The album is Eminem’s first substantial body of work with producers other than Dr. Dre, including Jim Jonsin, Drake collaborator Boi-1da and Just Blaze.
Just Blaze spoke to Vibe about the project, which he’s still working on, and praised Em’s contribution to each song.
“I have a few more songs that I have to finish mixing,” the producer said. “It’s a great experience working with him; he’s such a hands-on artist. … Most artists come in and rap, and the rest is up to you. It’s good to collaborate with someone on the other end of the spectrum.”
Just Blaze has been coy about the work he’s down with the Detroit lyricist, but late last year, he admitted that the album, originally slated to be called Relapse 2, was more emotionally driven.
Relapse, Eminem’s first release in years, was shaped more by the rapper’s shock rap and fighting his writer’s block brought on by depression and drug dependency. The rapper’s manager, Paul Rosenberg, spoke to Billboard on Wednesday (April 28) and said “Not Afraid” would be uplifting and not a takedown single like Eminem’s past lead efforts.
“Not Afraid” is set to debut Thursday morning on Eminem’s Shade 45 satellite-radio station.
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