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What Song Does Eminem Sample in “Berzerk”? Get the Answer Here

Detroit’s own angry MC returns with a new song that borrows from a popular 1980’s arena rock song.

The lead track off Em’s new album, MMLP2 (Marshall Mathers LP 2), due out November 5th, has sound reminiscent of early Beastie Boys material, and for good reason. The track was produced by legendary producer Rick Rubin, who helped bring hip-hop to the mainstream by producing the Beasties debut, Licence to Ill, and Run DMC’s Raising Hell. He was also behind the board for Public Enemy’s It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, so who better to lend Eminem a hand on his first new album since 2009’s Relapse. 

The song has the type of biting lyrics we’ve come to expect with digs at Kevin Federline, Klhoe Kardashian, and her husband, Lamar Odom, but like so many other great hip-hop songs, Eminem and Rubin borrow from another song to lay the foundation.

That song is Billy Squire’s “The Stroke” from his 1981 album, Don’t Say No. To this day, the song is still a staple on classic rock radio stations across the country.

Here’s the edited version of “Berzerk”, followed by Squire’s “The Stroke”.

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