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Eminem Channels ‘8 Mile’ in Gritty ‘Survival’ Video

Detroit MC graffitis his town in honor of 'Marshall Mathers LP 2'

picture-18276-1372868632By: Chris Martins // October 8, 2013

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.”