Eminem has a special treat for fans. On Monday, August 1, Slim Shady finally unveiled the "unreleased" music video for his 2009 single "Crack a Bottle" which features collaborations from Dr. Dre and 50 Cent.
The 49-year-old, born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, shared the announcement on Instagram. Sharing a teaser from the visuals, he penned, "Unlocked from the Shady vault - unreleased #CrackaBottle music video! #CC2 OUT FRIDAY link in bio."
The footage starts with a high homeless woman screaming while holding onto a bottle of liquor. Once it is opened, it reveals another world. There is a man scribbling on walls and seeing double while another is tied up in a chair. As the clip transitions, there are people getting tattoos in a smoky parlor and vignettes of debauchery.
Before rapping his verses, Eminem exclaims at the beginning of the track, "Oh, ladies and gentlemen/ The moment you've all been waiting for/ In this corner, weighing 175 pounds/ With a record of 17 rapes, 400 assaults, and four murders." He continues, "The undisputed, most diabolical villain in the world/ Slim Shady."
"Crack a Bottle" was initially dropped in 2009 as the lead single for Eminem's sixth studio album, "Relapse". As for the music video, it arrived ahead of the release of the rapper's new project, "Curtain Call 2".
The new greatest hits collection, which is a follow-up to 2005's "Curtain Call: The Hits", will be released on August 5. Eminem's contribution to Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" biopic, "The King and I" with Cee-Lo, which was produced by his long-time collaborator Dr. Dre, is included in the compilation.
That aside, Eminem recently admitted he has found it therapeutic to rap about his mental health and addiction battles. When it was mentioned he uses music to explore his "luggage," he replied, "Well, I think that's one of the great things about rap music is that, you know, you could put so much of your life in it. I was just trying to figure out how to expand on that and I kinda got lost."