1.) Most Popular: Eminem - Berserk
The first single from Eminem's upcoming sequel to The Marshall Mathers LP, previewed in a commercial during the VMAs. Rick Rubin's instrumental is a sonic throwback to the Beastie Boys and the golden era of hip-hop, complete with beat breaks, scratching and a Billy Squier sample. It's slightly jarring, but it works.
The track is a lyrical exercise. 'Em approaches it like a sport, switching his flow up every verse and making nearly every punchline and pop culture reference count. He does name-drop, but not excessively, saluting Kendrick Lamar and making light of Kevin Federline, Khloe Kardashian/Lamar Odom and Future. Although there may be nothing particularly deep here, it sounds like most of his early singles - not overly serious, quirky, somewhat cartoonish. Expect darker, more introspective shit on the album.
Dude's just got a way with words.
Now this shit's about to kick off, this party looks wack
Let's take it back to straight hip-hop and start it from scratch
I'm 'bout to bloody this track up, everybody get back
That's why my pen needs a pad cause my rhymes on the rag
Just like I did with addiction I'm 'bout to kick it
Like a magician, critics I turn to crickets
Got 'em still on the fence, ready to picket
But quick get impaled when I tell 'em "stick it"
So sick I'm lookin' pale, well that's my pigment
'Bout to go H.A.M., ya bish! Shout out to Kendrick
Let's bring it back to that vintage Slim, bitch!
The art of the emceeing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren
And I don't mean Stimpy's friend, bitch
Been public enemy since you thought PE was gym, bitch
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