Eminem insists that his new album, The Eminem Show, due out June 4 on Interscope/Aftermath/Shady Records, is not like his previous efforts, despite the style of the album’s first single, “Without Me.” The single is currently Number 43 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.
The artist, who appeared on Saturday Night Live on Saturday (May 11), recently spoke to LAUNCH about the song that disses Vice President Dick Cheney, Limp Bizkit, and Moby.
“The first single is no indication whatsoever how the record is going to sound. That’s probably the most different-est song that’s most like anything off my last album than what’s on this entire album,” he said.
However, the “Without Me” video does give an indication of the types of programs Eminem enjoyed watching as a kid. In addition to mimicking the Sally Jessy Raphael talk show, Eminem impersonates the Robin character from Batman, one of his favorite superhero programs. “Yeah, growing up, I was a big fan of the TV series of Batman. I was like Batman, Spiderman-ed out. Superman, super heroes growing up or whatever, was my thing for a minute as with any kid who grew up in the ’70s, ’80s,” he says.