Eminem Drops Single ‘Beserk,’ Teases Upcoming Album ‘MMLP2’ [LISTEN]
Eminem released “Beserk,” the second single off his upcoming album The Marshall Mathers LP 2, on Monday night.
If Bezerk is any indication, MMLP2 will more closely resemble Slim Shady’s earlier, more humor-filled albums than his last two – the poorly received Relapse and the almost universally hailed Recovery in 2010 – which both had a more somber vibe. The album also stands to be a bit of a blast to the past, taking cues from old school hip-hop. Even in the audio video, Eminem’s arm stretches out into the frame to slide a cassette tape into a boom box.
Produced by Def Jam cofounder Rick Rubin and Dr. Dre, the single samples the “kick it” hook from the Beastie Boys’ “Fight For Your Right (To Party)” and “The Stroke” by Billy Squire. Blending rock and rap sensibilities to create Eminem’s unique brand of hip-hop, MMLP2 is looking to be a promising return from the rapper’s latest hiatus.
In between blasting the likes of Kevin Federline, Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom, and giving some cred to his contemporaries – Birdman, Kendrick Lamar and MC Ren – Eminem spits out a rousing hook.
"Take your shoes off, let your hair down and go berzerk all night long,” he raps. “Grow your beard out, just weird out and go berzerk all night long."
Eminem announced The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Nov. 5 release date through two Dr. Dre Beats commercials that aired during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.
– Chelsea Regan