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Eminem New Album 2013: ‘Berzerk’ Rapper Teases ‘Rap God’ Video, Tells Rolling Stone, ‘Hip Hop Saved My Life,’ ‘Macklemore Is Dope’


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Eminem continues to promote his new album, “MMLP2,” teasing a preview of his upcoming “Rap God” video and chatting with Rolling Stone about his love for classic hip hop and “Same Love” rapper Macklemore.

The 27-second official teaser video for Eminem’s hit single “Rap God” shows Eminem dressed as 1980s TV character Max Headroom, writes MTV. The “Max Headroom” show ran from 1987 to 1988 and the character was used in a Coca Cola campaign.

The clip covers the song’s intro, which samples a 1970s-era Captain America audiobook. Eminem mouths the words and makes spastic jerks, mimicking the Headroom character.

The “Berzerk” rapper also appears on the December 5 cover of Rolling Stone. Inside the magazine, he talks about his love for music, his “Berzerk” video, his controversial ESPN interview and the Beastie Boys.

"I'm as happy as I can be, I guess," Eminem said. "Hip-hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else. I think they have a word for that — what do they call it? Idiot savant?"

He also said his spaced-out ESPN interview was all an act.

"I knew we were about to show the 'Berzerk' video, so I was doing what I call the Berzerk face," he said. "The whole song to me feels like vintage Beastie Boys. And you know the 'Pass the Mic' video where Ad-Rock is making that face, kind of not looking the camera? I was doing my own version."

He also opened up about his old school hip hop inspiration.

"Being a student of hip-hop in general, you take technical aspects from places," he said. "You may take a rhyme pattern or flow from Big Daddy Kane or Kool G Rap. But then you go to Tupac, and he made songs. His fucking songs felt like something — 'Holy shit! I want to fucking punch someone in the face when I put this CD in.' Biggie told stories. I wanted to do all that shit."

And, somewhat surprisingly, he talked about Macklemore – the white rapper behind hits like “Thrift Shop” and the gay rights-themed “Same Love.” Eminem has often been criticized for his homophobic lyrics, most recently in “Rap God,” but says that he isn’t homophobic.

“I’ve heard Macklemore’s whole album,” Eminem said. “Uh, he’s really dope. Macklemore is, yeah, he’s dope.”

Watch the “Rap God” preview below.


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Reporter's Photo Nov 25, 2013 11:06 AM EST


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