Eminiem goes "Berzerk" with new song

US rapper Eminem performs on August 22, 2013 during a concert at the Stade de France in Saints-Denis, near Paris. AFP PHOTO / PIERRE ANDRIEU (Photo credit should read PIERRE ANDRIEU/AFP/Getty Images)
PIERRE ANDRIEU

Eminem is channeling 80's arena rock with his latest single, "Berzerk."

On Monday, the 40-year-old reclusive rapper unveiled the new song, which appears to heavily sample Billy Squier's 1981 rock anthem, "The Stroke."

"Berzerk" is also reminiscent of 80's rock/rap tracks like the Beastie Boys'"No Sleep Till Brooklyn." Perhaps that's no surprise, given that "Berzerk" was co-produced by Rick Rubin, the man behind Beastie Boys' 1986 album, "Licensed to Ill." Rubin has become a music legend over the decades for his fusing of rock and rap genres, producing hits, including the Run-D.M.C./Aerosmith mash-up, "Walk This Way."

In terms of lyrical content, Eminem is back to his same old tricks, making sure to name-drop celebrities, calling out an "ugly Kardashian" and Kid Rock. The rapper, real name Marshall Mathers, also references his substance abuse battles with drugs like codeine.

"Berzerk" will be featured on Eminem's upcoming album, co-produced by Dr. Dre, "Marshall Mathers LP 2," expected for release on Nov. 5.

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