The song also samples Billy Squier's 1981 hit "The Stroke," which makes total sense given the Rubin connection. The former Def Jam co-founder helped Run-DMC and the Beasties blow their careers up with songs that melded rap and hard rock and "Bezerk" unquestionably has the feel of one of Rubin's 1980s classics. And, after a more somber mood on his post-rehab Relapse and Recovery albums, "Berzerk" brings Em right back to the fun-filled, loose and playful vibe of such early efforts as the original Marshall Mathers LP from 2000.
Even the placeholder video for it takes you back, as it features a brief glimpse of Slim Shady's tattooed arm reaching into frame and popping a cassette of the song into a giant boombox.
In typical Em fashion, there are also some bricks tossed at tabloid figures (Britney Spears' ex, Kevin Federline, the Kardashians and troubled NBA star Lamar Odom) and props offered to his rap brethren, including Kendrick Lamar, Birdman, Dre's old N.W.A. buddy MC Ren and Public Enemy.
On the hyped-up bridge, Em sings, "Take your shoes off, let your hair down and go berzerk all night long/Grow your beard out, just weird out and go berzerk all night long."
The rapper shocked everyone on Sunday night when he announced the release date (November 5) and title of the new album in a pair of commercials that aired
during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. During the brief Beats by Dre commercial, Shady announced the release date and title of the new album, as well as the fact that was executive produced by Rubin and longtime mentor Dr. Dre.
It's the second piece of new music we've heard from Shady this month, coming on the heels of the more aggressive "Survival," which debuted in the trailer for the "Call of Duty: Ghosts" game.