Eminem’s next studio album was casually announced during the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend. During a brief Beats by Dre commercial, the artist’s name splashed on the screen along with MMLP2, while “Berserk,” the first single off the album, played in the background. The ad also revealed that the project has been left in the hands of producer Rick Rubin and long-time collaborator Dr. Dre.
A rep from the rapper’s label confirmed that MMLP2 does indeed mean that the album will be titled Marshall Mathers LP 2. It’s Eminem’s first solo project since 2010’s Recovery and serves as a follow-up to 2000’s critically-acclaimed Marshall Mathers LP, which is diamond-certified, a mainstay on “Best Of” lists and replete with hit singles like “Stan,” “The Way I Am” and “The Real Slim Shady.”
Eminem has alluded to a second installment several times in the past. But it was delayed so he could focus his attention on Slaughterhouse’s second studio release. “I actually started my album. But I haven’t full went in yet because I’ve been finishing up this Slaughterhouse record. I’ve kind of been really hands-on with this album for the past year,” said Em last year.
Fans can now download “Berserk” via iTunes. The Detroit MC encourages listeners to go all-in or rather, “take your shoes off, let your hair down, go berserk all night long,” on the guitar-heavy track, which is sure to drown out all the “Roar” and “Applause” on the Billboard charts.
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be released on Nov. 5.