Berzerk by Eminem
Fans of Eminem will definitely be instantly blown away from ‘Bezerk’ as his song contains everything an avid listener would want from the hip hop artist. The song was produced by the well-known Rick Rubin for this single, and his style and craft were featured with no exceptions with a mix of Eminem, Dr Dre, and nostalgia from the Beastie Boys.
In August 27, 2013, the song was initially released on Twitter and it is Eminem’s first single from his album ‘The Marshall Mathers LP2’. The song illustrates Billy Squier’s production, titled ‘The Stroke’, and it portrays the ‘The New Style’ by the Beastie Boys as well as ‘Fight for Your Right’. During its release, the song had captured the attention of many listeners from all around the world and at its starting week, it was downloaded heavily on the internet.
“Let’s take it back to straight hip hop and start it from scratch!” The lyrics exclaim, as the song starts like an old VCR video, before we see a boom box with the word ‘beats’ on the side. Anyone who knows their hip hop knows that handwriting and it is by Dr. Dre. Most will realize that also means he did the beats for this song. There is a blast of reverb and jamming guitar rhythms as well as Eminem, who roars out of the gate and sounds as if he is a long lost Beastie Boy, as his voice immediately goes into a rhyming cadence.
The video features a huge boom box, the exact same boom box that was conspicuously publicized during the MTV Video Music Awards in August of 2013. Filmed in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit Michigan, this video shows Slim Shady aka Eminem, rapping next to Rick Rubin, an American record producer and former co-president of Columbia Records and close friend.
The video also contained bits of backyard wrestling, and numerous clips and music samples of Billy Squier’s hit “The Stroke“. Eminem proudly promotes Detroit by the various background clips, and wears a vintage Detroit Pistons t-shirt in various pieces of the video.
The video featured many cameo appearances from people such as Slaughterhouse, Mr. Porter, Yelawolf, The Alchemist, as well as fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar, and rocker/rapper Kid Rock. Eminem said he wanted to reach the younger generation who wants to party all day and night introducing them to the true sounds of hip hop.
In this single, it’s safe to say that Eminem had indeed allowed the new generation to enter his brand of hip-hop listening to the song, and watching the video, viewers and listeners will feel a rush of enthusiasm as the new beats, lyrics, and rhythms mimic the old school tracks revered by older fans.