Survival by Eminem
The “Do-or-die” survival theme in Eminem’s volatile ‘Survival’ video revives Charles Darwin’s survival of the fittest theories. The opening scene seems to depict an element of danger, as Eminem bravely advances toward whatever possible danger or threat that awaits him.
The 41 year old veteran rapper released the song as a pre-order bonus when anyone pre-ordered Call of Duty: Ghost, the multi-player first person shooter video game coming out for the Xbox One and the PS4. The lyrics advise that many things serve to bring out the survival instinct in people and make them highly competitive and willing to do what is required to survive – whether legal or illegal.
The song states that there would come a time when it’s necessary to act during tough situations so it advises to go on ahead and take it all. Arena rock guitar music and drums provide the background for the song with a jumbo beat as Eminem raps about his own survival story, angry fighting spirit, and survival quest. He said he can see the finish line so well that he could pole vault across to get where he needs to be. Eminem also states that he will fight until he dies, and will never quit, while also maintaining the necessity of his pride.
Eminem spits rhymes sharing that life has given him a thick skin and made him the hard core millionaire artist that he is today. He unapologetically admits that he quit school and received no diploma, but found his destiny and wealthy place by spitting rhymes and delivering every time he steps up to the mic.
Eminem contends that his skills were always there and touts his own survival and work ethic when he states in a clever way that he was allergic to failure and that every time he came near it, he had a penchant to sneeze. He also indicates that he stands for something, and that if thrown to the wolves or into an alligator pit, it’s the animals that would be at risk. The underlying message is that the mastermind rapper found his gift and optimized it and anyone else can follow his blueprint with no excuses.
The video volleys back and forth between music and drum performance scenes, sometimes with him spitting rhymes in a black silhouette and at other time the desolate scenes of chaos and disorder that suggest a dystopian society where authority is out of control and people hide and scurry about trying to survive and escape the wrath to come.
It’s been announced that the Shady Records song will be featured in Call of Duty: Ghost; which makes it the third time that an Eminem song has been used in this way. In Call of Duty: Black Ops, his song ‘Won’t Back Down’ featuring the pop singer Pink, was also used in the game, with possible future ventures into his own video game featuring his songs with Conspiracy Entertainment. The official music video was released on October 8 with DJ Khalil serving as producer. The song attributes vocals on the musical group from Liz Rodrigues of The New Royales.