Eminem Announces “The Marshall Mathers LP 2” (Video)

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While Justin Timberlake tore down the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards with his medley of hits, old and new, and reuniting that group we all pretended we didn’t like (N*Sync), the biggest story may have happened between the breaks. Beats By Dre announced Eminem’s upcoming album, in a very “All Of The Lights” video-esque blinking presentation.

“#MMLP2 11.5.2013” flashed on the screen, meaning that not only is Eminem actually delivering the album he’s been at work on for a year and a half, but it will be a thematic sequel to the 2000 album many of us consider his greatest work. If that were not enough, the two-part commercials also confirmed that longtime mentor Dr. Dre will executive produce—as will Rick Rubin.

This is Rubin’s third Hip-Hop LP this year, following Kanye West’s Yeezus and Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. Dre laid down 6 tracks on the original MMLP, hopefully signaling an increased role on this seventh studio album from Em. The track that was heard in the commercials (sampling Billy Squier’s historic “Big Beat” break and possibly Bob James’ “Take Me To The Mardi Gras”) sounds very “99 Problems”-esque with the transformer-scratches and hard drums. While that employed the same Billy sample, I more-so mean an updated formula used with Run-DMC, LL Cool J, T. La Rock and early Public Enemy.

“Berzerk,” as that single is believed to be, releases to iTunes at midnight—less than 24 hours from now.

In a year where it’s anybody’s game for the 2013 hallmark, is Eminem stealing the throne back?

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