Eminem – ‘Berzerk’
The Detroit rapper is calling his next project ‘The Marshall Mathers LP 2,’ but so far, we’re not hearing anything that reminiscent of the original album that dropped in 2000. ‘Berzerk’ arrives on the heels of the DJ Khalil-produced ‘Survival,’ which, too, was bolstered by crunchy guitars.
But where that track was more rock-rap in its approach, ‘Berzerk’ sounds like a mixture of Rubin’s work with the Beastie Boys and his stomping beat on Jay Z‘s ‘99 Problems.’ It’s fitting, of course, given this new track’s sonic nods to the Beasties (“kick it!”) and the artist sampled on ’99 Problems.’ That would be ’80s arena rocker Billy Squier—Rubin used ‘The Big Beat‘ for ’99 Problems’ while ‘The Stroke‘ gets flipped on ‘Berzerk.’
As for Em’s performance on his new single, there’s no questioning the hunger in his rhymes. He falls short, however, with his strained, somewhat-grating vocal delivery that sounds inspired at times and far too forced at others.
You can hear ‘Berzerk’ above.