While the world was having all of the feelings over little Blue Ivy Carter cheering her mom on at the VMAs last night, Eminem was getting the wheels in motion for his next sure-to-be-huge album, Shady XV.
Em announced Shady XV's Black Friday release date via Twitter, and shortly followed it up with the audio for the record's first single, "Guts Over Fear." A collaboration with Sia, "Guts Over Fear" is serving as both the initial taste of what Em's been up to lately and a selection from the soundtrack for The Equalizer, an upcoming thriller staring Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz.
If "Guts Over Fear" is any indication as to how Shady XV is gonna go, big name collaborations, surprising combinations and sharp contrasts may be in the cards for the rapper's ninth studio album. Sia's hypnotic voice makes for a perfect foil to Eminem's cutting lines, and it'd be crazy to peg "Guts Over Fear" as anything but a surefire crossover hit.
Sia is the latest super pop collaborator to hit the studio with Eminem: the Monster Tour with Rihanna wrapped last week, but it seems like Em will keep up with his pop leanings for the foreseeable future—and we're totally into it.