Eminem Gets Assist From Rick Rubin, Skylar Grey on 'SNL'
The rapper performed singles "Berzerk" and "Survival" from "The Marshall Mathers LP 2."
Saturday Night Live addressed criticism over its lack of a black female cast member as Eminem tore through the rock-fueled hits from his upcoming LP during its newest episode (Nov. 2).
The rapper performed singles "Berzerk" and "Survival" -- both top 20 singles on the Hot 100 -- from The Marshall Mathers LP 2, which drops next week and is currently streaming ahead of its release.
For "Berzerk," Em was joined by album producer Rick Rubin and a rock backing band -- and honestly, it's unclear whether or not he was actually lip-syncing through the entire performance. He was spot-on almost throughout, but his vocal seemed to match the studio version to a T, and there were moments where he seemed to lag behind a bit. Still, it was cool to see Rubin -- and his majestic beard -- on the side of the stage.
"Survival" threw us for a loop; rather than featuring Liz Rodrigues, who performs on the album version, Eminem recruited frequent collaborator Skylar Grey to help sing the hook. He admittedly seemed a bit more there on the second song, less cartoonish and perhaps actually providing a live vocal. But in terms of unbridled energy, there was no matching "Berzerk" -- with or without Grey's solid vocal.
SNL returns in two weeks with Lady Gaga as the host and musical guest.
This post first appeared on Billboard.com.