Two weeks after Eminem announced the June 22 release of his highly anticipated new album, Recovery, MTV is now reporting that its first single, "Not Afraid," will hit radio stations everywhere this Friday, April 30.
Like many of Eminem's announcements, initial news of the single arrived cryptically. The first clue about "Not Afraid" came late Monday night, when Eminem wrote the tune's title to his Twitter account.
No word just yet on who produced the upcoming single, though Jim Jonsin, DJ Khalil, Just Blaze, and Boi-1da are attached to the album.
"He was open to ideas," Jonsin told MTV about working with Em on Recovery. "He was real respectful to my craft. He let me do what I do... It was a pretty good experience."
"The wordplay is crazy, the metaphors are crazy," Just Blaze added of Recovery. "He's really back on his game. He had his ups, he had his downs, he's back way, way, way up."
Recovery's announcement arrived just hours after Em dismissed Relapse 2, his much-buzzed follow-up to his 2009 chart-topper, Relapse.
"As I kept recording and working with new producers, the idea of a sequel to Relapse started to make less and less sense to me, and I wanted to make a completely new album," Eminem said in a statement on his website. "The music on Recovery came out very different from Relapse, and I think it deserves its own title."
Meanwhile, Em has found time to lay down rhymes on the B.o.B. track "Airplanes (Part II)" alongside Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams, who called the partnership "incredible." Listen to the collabo here.
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