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Eminem Previews Revival with “Walk on Water” featuring Beyoncé

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Eminem Previews Revival with “Walk on Water” featuring Beyoncé

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Eminem Previews Revival with “Walk on Water” featuring Beyoncé

Just a week before his ninth album, Revival, is set to be released, Eminem is finally giving us a preview of his first solo effort in four years. Produced by Rick Rubin, “Walk on Water” features a sparse arrangement of keyboards and strings and a gospel-influenced hook courtesy of Beyoncé. The single is both contemplative and combative, with Em offering a glimpse into his creative process: “The rhyme has to be perfect, the delivery flawless/And it always feels like I'm hittin' the mark/'Til I go sit in the car and pick it apart.” The rapper chronicles his battles with success, drug addition, and inevitable “sales decline,” growing more bellicose as he declares he'll be the one to decide when he takes his final bow. Even at 45, Eminem admits he's still “at times juvenile,” eschewing political correctness with epithets like “retarded” and boasts about his writing credits (“Bitch, I wrote 'Stan'!”).

Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions

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Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions
Grammy 2015 Winner Predictions

All this week we’re predicting the winners in the so-called Big Four categories at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, airing this Sunday night on CBS. We kick things off with our picks in some of the smaller genre categories:

Best Rock Album: NARAS loves to reward long-overdue veterans, particularly in categories like Best Rock Album, where past winners include the Rolling Stones (who took home the inaugural trophy back in 1995), U2 (who’ve won twice, and are nominated again this year), and Led Zeppelin (whose live album Celebration Day triumphed over Black Sabbath, David Bowie, and Neil Young last year). It might seem foolish to bet against U2, but the Irish icons only have a 50% success rate in this category, and Songs of Innocence was notable mostly for its controversial rollout—which, unlike Beyoncé, was met with a cool reception. The Black Keys won here two years ago, and while the academy is fond of repeat winners (just ask Foo Fighters, who possess a whopping 20 percent of all of the metal handed out in this category), it will be hard to resist rewarding Beck’s Morning Phase, the Album of the Year-nominated sequel to his beloved 2002 album Sea Change. And yes, he’s a “veteran.” Feel old? Sal Cinquemani

Eminem Makes Up with Mom in Spike Lee-Directed Music Video for "Headlights"

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Eminem Makes Up with Mom in Spike Lee-Directed Music Video for “Headlights”
Eminem Makes Up with Mom in Spike Lee-Directed Music Video for “Headlights”

There comes a time in most people’s lives when they realize their parents did the best they could. For many of us, that realization happens sometime in our 20s, after we’ve moved out on our own and had a taste of adult life. For Eminem, who’s always been a little stunted thanks to his dysfunctional upbringing, that time didn’t come until he hit 40. As our own Ted Scheinman pointed out in his review of last year’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Em’s mom has always proven to be a handy villain in the rapper’s music, but he extended an olive branch—or at least a twig—on “Headlights,” a standout track from the album featuring Fun’s Nate Ruess.

Music Video: Eminem featuring Rihanna, "The Monster"

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Music Video: Eminem featuring Rihanna, “The Monster”
Music Video: Eminem featuring Rihanna, “The Monster”

In an unorthodox move (but an appropriate one given the network’s largely young, straight male demographic), Eminem premiered the music video for “The Monster,” the fourth single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and his fourth collaboration with Rihanna, during ESPN’s countdown to the Baltimore-vs.-Detroit NFL game tonight. Directed by Rich Lee, who was at the helm of the Motor City native’s last video, “Rap God,” the clip was shot in Detroit and finds Em recreating scenes from some of his most iconic videos, including “My Name Is,” “The Way I Am,” and “Lose Yourself.” Rihanna, channeling Whitney Houston circa 1999 with a black bob, charcoal lipstick, and leather bomber jacket, plays Slim Shady’s therapist. At the start of the video, the Bring It On: All or Nothing star pops a tape into a VCR, the TV screen flashing words that ostensibly represent the rapper’s “monsters”: “violence,” “fame,” “addiction,” and so on. Reflection is, of course, a sign of maturity, and there’s one intriguing moment in which a shot of Eminem hugging Elton John during their duet at the Grammys in 2001 is juxtaposed with the lyric, “If one kid out of a hundred million who are going through a struggle feels it and relates, that’s great.” It’s unlikely, however, that this marks the christening of a new alter-ego: Marshall Mathers, LGBT crusader.

Music Video: Eminem, "Rap God"

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Music Video: Eminem, “Rap God”
Music Video: Eminem, “Rap God”

Eminem goes back to the future in the new music video for his single, “Rap God,” from his latest album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Dressed up like fictional ’80s icon Max Headroom, Rabbit from 8 Mile, and, befitting his status as a self-anointed deity, the One from The Matrix, the rapper spouts off cultural touchstones (Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky) and influences (2Pac, Busta Rhymes), who appear on stacked television screens throughout. Of course, “Rap God” has already courted controversy over Slim’s tired use of certain homophobic epithets, but the clip is as mesmerizing as the track itself, which at one point finds Em spitting a supersonic 97 words in 15 seconds. Watch the video, directed by Rich Lee, below:

Eminem & Rihanna Unleash "The Monster"

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Eminem & Rihanna Unleash “The Monster”
Eminem & Rihanna Unleash “The Monster”

The last time Eminem released a single with Rihanna, “Love the Way You Lie,” from Em’s 2010 album Recovery, the pair spent seven weeks on top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and scored a slew of accolades, including five Grammy Award nominations. The duo has teamed up again for “The Monster,” a Frequency-produced track from the Detroit rapper’s upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2. The song, which comes on the heels of the old-school hip-hop-inspired lead single “Berzerk,” the harder-edged “Rap God,” and the rock-infused “Survival,” is a lot more pop-friendly than one might expect from a sequel to Slim Shady’s provocative 2000 opus, and suggests the album will be an equal opportunity affair. “The Monster” finds Eminem confronting fame, the media, and the titular demon inside while bona fide hook girl Rihanna befriends the one under her bed.

House Playlist: Eminem, GEMS, NSS, & Star Slinger

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<em>House</em> Playlist: Eminem, GEMS, NSS, & Star Slinger
<em>House</em> Playlist: Eminem, GEMS, NSS, & Star Slinger

[Editor’s Note: House Playlist is a weekly round-up of all the new music we think you need to hear.]

Eminem, “Rap God”: Last night Eminem premiered the latest single from his upcoming album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, out November 5th. The epic, not-so-modestly titled track finds the Detroit rapper boasting about his skills amid a flurry of expletives, including his two favorite f-bombs.

Music Video: Eminem’s "Berzerk"

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Music Video: Eminem’s “Berzerk”
Music Video: Eminem’s “Berzerk”

Today Eminem premiered the music video for his new single, “Berzerk,” which, true to the track’s retro-hip-hop style, pays homage to the Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want,” what with its fisheye-lens shots of Slim Shady donning a loose t-shirt and beanie. The clip also features footage from the music video for Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” which “Berzerk” liberally samples, and cameos from producer Rick Rubin, Kid Rock, Kendrick Lamar, and Slaughterhouse. Alas, no sign of Kevin Federline.

Eminem Goes "Berzerk" on New Single

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Eminem Goes “Berzerk” on New Single
Eminem Goes “Berzerk” on New Single

On the heels of “Survival,” from the soundtrack to the first-person shooter game Call of Duty: Ghosts, Eminem has dropped “Berzerk,” the lead single from this forthcoming eighth studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, the release of which he announced on Sunday with a teaser bearing the unmistakable acronym “MMLP2.” Executive-produced by Dr. Dre, Em’s mentor and longtime collaborator, and Rick Rubin, who was most recently at the helm of Kanye West’s Yeezus, the new album is a sequel to Slim Shady’s landmark 2000 release. The guitar-driven “Berzerk” samples Billy Squier’s 1981 hit “The Stroke” and finds Mathers paying homage to his white-rapper forefathers, affecting a screechy, Ad-Rock-style yelp atop a loop reminiscent of the Beastie Boys’ “Paul Revere” (produced by Rubin, incidentally): “Let’s take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch.” The “vintage Slim” track also samples the Beasties’ “(You Gotta Fight) For Your Right (To Party)” for good measure.