Beyonce wasn’t Eminem’s first choice for Walk On Water – he wanted Adele


Beyonce wasn't Eminem's first choice for Walk On Water - he wanted Adele
Adele was originally meant to feature on Eminem’s track, not Beyonce (Picture: Getty Features)

Some fans may be shocked to find out that Beyonce was not, in fact, Eminem’s first choice for Revival track, Walk On Water.

When Eminem dropped Walk On Water ahead of today’s Revival release, we all thought the rapper was counting his lucky stars to have Beyonce guest star on the single – but it turns out he first had his eyes on Adele.

The Detroit rapper’s long-time collaborator and producer Denaun Porter has revealed the behind the scenes truth for the single.

Beyonce wasn't Eminem's first choice for Walk On Water - he wanted Adele
Eminem released Revival today to some very mixed reviews (Picture: PA)

Speaking to ThisIs50, D12 member Porter – who also goes by the rap name Kon Artis – revealed that Adele was originally meant to be on the track

Porter said that when he first heard the track, it was intended for Adele but ‘something happened with her and her voice so she couldn’t do it.’

He went on to explain that they eventually reached out to Beyoncé, adding: ‘There’s only a couple people that could pull that off.’


Eminem’s new album Revival is out today (15 December) – it’s ninth record and first since 2013’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2.

But the reviews weren’t all too great.

A day after Revival was leaked, Eminem finally released his long-awaited album but the leaked version drew in huge criticisms.

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Imagine Beyonce wasn’t option number one? (Pictures: Getty)

It’s the rapper’s comeback album after a four year break, and features collaborations with the likes of Beyonce, Alicia Keys, P!nk, Kehlani, and even Ed Sheeran – who credits the 45-year-old as his reason for becoming a songwriter.

The album touches on several genres throughout its 19 tracks, with a bit of hip hop, gospel, pop, and of course there is a fair dose of political commentary following his Donald Trump take down.

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His ninth studio album seems to build in momentum as it goes along, saving the most poignant ’til last as he raps about almost dying from a drug overdose in Arose.

And after yesterdays’ slating of the album following the leak, it seems like today’s listeners are much more impressed.

G-Easy’s and Eminem’s new albums are straight gold?

— FLUFFŸ (@HunterRobbinson) December 15, 2017

A small bright side in an otherwise pretty shitty day: this new Eminem goes hard ??

— Kay. (@trojan_man2016) December 15, 2017

Eminem made a song with ed sherdian im dyingggg ???

— Daire Castaneda ❤✌ (@drayyy07) December 15, 2017

The record has drawn some criticisms for its inclusion of the likes of Ed and P!nk – people Eminem might have blasted in his lyrics several years ago.

But it’s been dubbed ’emotional’ and ‘personal’, and follows a journey from start to finish of the rapper dealing with how fame has impacted on his personal life. And, happily, the 45-year-old does manage to revisit his old Slim Shady days in tracks like Framed.

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