Eminem premieres music video for ‘Survival’

Rapper Eminem
“The Monster Tour” featuring Eminem and Rihanna will make three stops, including one at the Rose Bowl on Aug. 7. Above, Eminem performing last summer in France.
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The new video for Eminem’s “Survival,” the track that recently premiered as part of the “Call of Duty: Ghosts” video game, has arrived, and it finds the Detroit rapper tagging and bragging once again.

Eminem shows up spray-painting a ghostlike face onto the side of a building as he raps about what sounds like his journey through the music world, which he characterizes as a fight between fame and artistic expression.

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Walking, crouching and bouncing through a darkly lighted cityscape, Eminem spews more of his often dazzling internal and external rhyme schemes.

I can see the finish line with each line that I finish
I’m so close to my goals I can almost pole vault over the goal post
And if I don’t got enough in the tank, maybe I can just siphon enough
To fill up this last can, man will I survive in this climate or what

Along the way he also returns fire on anyone who’s suggested he’s past his prime or that the biggest-selling recording artist in any genre during the first decade of the new millennium can’t compete with a younger generation of hip-hop stars — all the while incorporating visual images from the “Call of Duty: Ghosts” game and the theme of a warrior who is taking no prisoners.

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From the beginning, it wasn’t ‘bout the ends
It was ‘bout busting raps and standing for something …

I’m … back again
With another anthem, why stop when it doesn’t have to end?
It ain’t over ‘til I say it’s over — enough when I say enough
Throw me to them wolves and close the gate up
I’m afraid of what’ll happen to them wolves

Here’s a link to the official video, which contains explicit language.


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