A day after announcing a new album, Eminem released the first single, “Berzerk,” which promises to “take it back to straight hip-hop / and start it from scratch.” Fittingly, the tune has an old-school feel that evokes the late Eighties and especially the Beastie Boys, thanks to a simple beat and gnashing classic-rock guitar samples (Billy Squier’s “The Stroke,” in this case), and even what sounds like Ad-Rock saying “Kick it!” from “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party).”
Eminem delivers the lyrics with his familiar staccato flow, winding circles around the beat and building up to the hook, in which he declares, “Life’s too short to not go for broke.”
Sure, Eminem could’ve dropped his new track “Survival” on any radio station in the world — or better yet his own Shade 45 station on Sirius XM — but Slim Shady opted for something more intense.
“The song’s about fighting back and it seems like it fits ‘Ghost’ perfectly,” Em said in a pre-taped clip that was aired Wednesday during a live stream to promote the war-themed game.
By the time Em drops his first rap bars, the game’s action is in full swing, with bullets flying and blood splattering. “Wasn’t ready to be a millionaire, I wasn’t prepared/ I was prepared to be ill though, the skill was there,” he rhymes before detailing his come up in rap and his love for the art.
Source: Rolling Stone