My iPod #199: Eminem – Cold Wind Blows


“Cause some things just don’t change
It’s better when they stay the same
Although the whole world knows your name
So on a bigger stage they came to see you spit your game
It shouldn’t be difficult to explain
Just why you came back again, you hate the fame
Love the game, cold as ice you remain
Fuck em’ all, tell ’em all eat shit, here we go again”


*beat drops* Me: Shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit.

“Cold Wind Blows”. The first song from Eminem’s 2010 album “Recovery”.

“Relapse” was Eminem’s first album after five years away from music, and although everyone was glad to have him back it didn’t hide the fact that the tracks on there were not up to the standard that people were expecting from the rap god. Except for “Beautiful”, I could listen to that track all the time.

After the album’s release, Em revealed that he had so many beats left over that didn’t make it onto the album. There was going to be a sequel, appropriately named “Relapse 2”.

Fast forward about a year later when Eminem said ‘fuck that’, got rid of the concept and instead decided to name it “Recovery”. Hype was built. June came. The album leaked. I downloaded it. This was the first track I heard, and the introduction above was pretty much the reaction in my head when the beat came in with the descending piano melody and the “Guess who’s back’s” ringing in my ears.

“Cold Wind Blows” is a bold start to “Recovery”. It is another song to mark a ‘comeback’ which doesn’t really make sense seeing that he had already done that a year earlier; it never really gave us much of a chance to miss him. Seeing as critics weren’t too impressed with “Relapse”, this was probably meant to be his ‘real’ comeback.

Nevertheless, “Cold Wind Blows” makes a few things clear. Eminem was back. People should be worried. People shouldn’t try and mess with him because he will humiliate them in one of his songs. He doesn’t know why he’s so cold, it’s probably us who made him this way.

Oh yeah, and happy Christmas Eve.  😀


Author: Jamie Kyei Manteaw

An English student at Coventry University who spends most days listening to music (old and new) and reading and writing about it, however informal it may be. And studying too, obviously.

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