Not Afraid (Eminem, 2010)

Never mind his “ehh” statement regarding “Relapse“, the video and the song itself perfectly captures the message Marshall Mathers is trying to get across – an angsty rebellion, a wrecking realization and an ultimate recovery.

Not Afraid” on repeat in my music player for days just goes to show how I missed the Eminem music.

Key lyrics which are very thematic.

Whether he’s on salary, paid hourly
Until he bows out or he shit’s his bowels out of him
Whichever comes first, for better or worse
He’s married to the game, like a fuck you for christmas
His gift is a curse, forget the earth he’s got the urge
To pull his dick from the dirt and fuck the universe

To realization…

It was my decision to get clean, I did it for me
Admittedly I probably did it subliminally for you
So I could come back a brand new me, you helped see me through

…and recovery

I’m not afraid to take a stand
Everybody come take my hand
We’ll walk this road together, through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just let you know that, you’re not alone