While Miley Cryus’ twerking and Justin Timberlake’s bittersweet reunion with his old NSYNC band-mates received a majority of the MTV Video Music Awards buzz, 13-time Grammy award winner Eminem shocked viewers with an announcement about his upcoming eighth album due out November 5.
During a brief Beats by Dre commercial that aired during the VMAs, rapper Marshall Mathers unveiled the release date and title (MMLP2) of his new record. Adding to general anticipation for a sequel to Eminem’s highly acclaimed second album from back in 2000, MMLP2 is co-produced by Dr. Dre along with mega-producer Rick Rubin.
As the former co-founder of Def Jam, Rubin has already exerted his music influence this year on the new Kanye West and Jay Z albums. He also helped launch the careers of Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys. Fittingly, Eminem samples both Billy Squier’s 1981 hit single “The Stroke” as well as the Beasties’ “kick it” hook from “Fight For Your Right (To Party)” on the album’s first single, “Berzerk.”
This is the second track shared by Eminem this month, after “Survival” debuted in a “Call of Duty: Ghosts” video game trailer earlier this year.
Eminem is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, having sold more than 100 million albums worldwide as a solo artist and was the first ever to win a Grammy for Best Rap Album for three consecutive LPs.