Eminem is one of them. The legendary emcee revealed the tracklist to his upcoming album Revival, which is slated for release on December 15th, 2017 and while the rapper has certainly proven himself a nigh-unstoppable commercial force, the rapper has long struggled with the difficult task of meeting the lofty expectations of his fans.
In fact, few artists grapple with this as much as Em; the rapper has often made mention of this problem in his lyrics, and even centered Revival’s first single “Walk On Water” around his waning self confidence.
In reality, Em has been writing off his previous work with every passing album. On Recovery, he alluded to Relapse and Encore as being weak releases (Encore I was on drugs, Relapse I was flushing em’ out), and went on to claim he “fumbled” Recovery on Marshall Mathers LP 2. ” Walk On Water” found him addressing some of the recent criticism permeating the online ether, but for many, it still wasn’t good enough. Some fans found themselves tired of Eminem’s new direction; the rapper who once ridiculed pop stars without mercy found himself working almost exclusively with them.
Longtime collaborators like Dr. Dre and The Bass Brothers were cast aside in favor of Rick Rubin and Alex Da Kid, who are producing three and five Revival cuts respectively.