Eminem confronts and conquers his personal demons in the intensely metaphorical music video for “Not Afraid,” showing just how far down the road to Recovery the rehabbed ex-drug addict has come. Watch below!
The Rich Lee-directed clip finds the rapper roaming the streets of Newark, NJ, and his native Detroit, which soon transform into a hall of smoke and mirrors as Em’s demons consume him. He runs from reality and soon hits a dead end: a huge hole at the end of the earth. Hopeless, he jumps in, but instead launches into the sky, landing atop a skyscraper, signifying his ability to rise above his hurdles (a.k.a. drugs).
“I can’t keep living this way / So starting today / I’m breaking out this cage,” Em raps over an atmospheric synth, piano melody, and hard beats. “I’m standing up I’m gonna face my demons / I’m man enough to hold my ground / I’m putting my life back together right now.”
He’s an unlikely motivational speaker, but an effective one.
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WATCH: Eminem, “Not Afraid”: