Eminem Goes Old-School in New Song ‘Berzerk’
A day after announcing a new album, Eminem released the first single, “Berzerk,” which promises to “take it back to straight hip-hop / and start it from scratch.” Fittingly, the tune has an old-school feel that evokes the late Eighties and especially the Beastie Boys, thanks to a simple beat and gnashing classic-rock guitar samples (Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” in this case), and even what sounds like Ad-Rock saying “Kick it!” from “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).”
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Eminem delivers the lyrics with his familiar staccato flow, winding circles around the beat and building up to the hook, in which he declares, “Life’s too short to not go for broke.”
“Berzerk” is from Eminem’s upcoming eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which is due out on November 5th.
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