Eminem recently dropped the first single off of his highly anticipated “Marshall Mathers LP 2”. The songs called “Berzerk” and is produced by Rick Rubin. Rubin’s known for his influential work alongside the Beastie Boys, Slayer, LL Cool J, Public Enemy and many more.

Eminem goes pretty ‘berzerk’ on the song dropping lines like: “The art of the MCing mixed with da Vinci and MC Ren / And I don’t mean Stimpy’s friend, bitch,” Eminem rhymes on the track. “Been Public Enemy since you thought P.E. was gym, bitch.”

While the lines quoted above feature references to N.W.A.’s MC Ren and Public Enemy, Eminem also names other celebrities on the track.

“They say that love is powerful as cough syrup and styrofoam,” Eminem says on the song. “All I know is I fell asleep and woke up in that Monte Carlo / With the ugly Kardashian / Lamar, oh sorry, yo, we done both set the bar low.”

The song features a sample from Billy Squirer’ “The Stroke”, however the same sample was flipped by Damian Burnz about 2 years ago.

Damian Burnz hails from the world famous DMS crew Damian was the first producer to work with Slaine (La Coka Nostra) and was also a founding member of End Of The Weak (www.endoftheweak.com). D is also the first to bring the turntables into the Skarhead mix that landed him a European tour and an array of incredible Skarhead tracks and what not.
Damian is currently working on a project with Boston rapper Jaysaun which will hopefully see the light of day soon..

His version of “The Stroke” features up- and coming rapper Lord Willin, who has been signed to ILL ROC Records and has dropped numerous mixtapes and ep’s recently.

Which version do you like better? While it’s pretty hard to deny that Em ripped the track lyrically I really like Damian’s flip of the sample a lot more than Rubin’s…

Judge for yourself:

Eminem just released the official video for “Berzerk” featuring Kendrick Lamar, Slaughterhouse, Kid Rock & Rick Rubin..
Eminem “Berzerk”, produced by Rick Rubin:

Lord Willin “The Stroke”, produced by Damian Burnz:

Damian Burnz:
Damian Burnz


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