Eminem Channels ‘8 Mile’ in Gritty ‘Survival’ Video
Detroit MC graffitis his town in honor of 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'
Now that the chatter over Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse has died down, Eminem’s also gauntlet-tossing rapping-ass single “Survival” has a chance to shine. We initially got a preview of the track via the trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts, but now the song gets its own video. The warfare theme extends into the gritty visual above, with footage of the game projected onto abandoned-looking buildings likely in Em’s native Detroit. We also find Marshall Mathers dressed in urban camouflage, on a midnight graffiti run that takes him through alleys and across rooftops. The dark tone of the video recalls scenes from 8 Mile, and the mike-denting verses don’t hurt: “I’m not a rapper, I’m an adapter/ I can adjust, plus I can just walk up to a mike and just bust.” Marshall Mathers LP 2 is out November 5 and, duh, is one of SPIN’s 50 Fall Albums You’ve Gotta Hear. Check out the nostalgic cover art, and the retro-leaning video for “Berzerk.”