Eminem's new single "Berzerk" is thrilling, throwback fun. And now it has a video to match. Released yesterday, the Syndrome-directed clip is just as full of references to '80s-era rap as the Rick Rubin-produced song. Silly and colorful and stylish and wild, it features appearances from Rick Rubin, Kendrick Lamar, Kid Rock, Slaughterhouse, and The Alchemist.
We knew the song itself sampled Billy Squier's "The Stroke", as well as the Beastie Boys' "It's the New Style" and "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party)." The video follows suit, doing its own version of samplingâ€”syncing up scenes from Squier's video and recreates images from the Beastie Boys' "So What'cha Want."
We love the video, though, and we've been watching it a lot. And repeated viewings yield more nuggets of nostalgia. From the costume choices to the set design, the video gives clever nods to everything from opening scene from Back to The Future (get it?!) to the reverse videography technique made famous in the Pharcyde's "Drop" video. ("Drop" itself is built around the famous sample of Ad-Rock's voice from "It's the New Style.") Maybe you'll even find some that we missed. See for yourself, with The Visual References In Eminem's "Berzerk" Video."
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