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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'!”).

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.