Survival

Eminem

About Survival

"Survival" is a song by American rapper Eminem. The song was initially released as a pre-order bonus when pre-ordering the video game Call of Duty: Ghosts. The song features uncredited vocals on the chorus from Liz Rodrigues of The New Royales. The song premiered on August 14, 2013 to promote the multiplayer trailer for Call of Duty: Ghosts. The song was released as the second single from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 on October 8, 2013. Upon its single release, the song debuted at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and upon the album's release, it climbed to a new peak of number 16.  


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2013
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This is survival of the fittest
This is do or die
This is the winner takes it all so take it all

Wasn't ready to be no millionaire, I was ill-prepared
I was prepared to be ill though, the skill was there
From the beginning, it wasn't 'bout the ends
It was 'bout busting raps and standing for something, f*ck an acronym
Cut the fucking act like you're happy, I'm fucking 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
When the thought of being thrown into an alligator pit, I salivate at it
Wait is up, hands up like it's 12 noon, nah, homie
Hold them bitches straighter up, wave 'em 'til you dislocate a rotator cuff
Came up rough, came to ruffle feathers, nah, egos
I ain't deflate enough, last chance to make this whole stadium erupt!

This is survival of the fittest
This is do or die
This is the winner takes it all so take it all

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?
They said I was washed up, and got a blood bath
I'm not a rapper, I'm an adapter, I can adjust
Plus I can just walk up to a mic and just bust so,
Floor's open if you'd like to discuss
Top 5 in this mu'fucka' and if I don't make the cut
What, like I give a f*ck, I'mma light this bitch up like I'm driving a truck
To the side of a pump, 0 to 60 hop in and gun it
Like G-Unit without the hyphen, I'm hyping em up
And if there should ever come a time where my life's in a rut
And I look like I might just give up, eh you might've mistook
Me for bowing out I ain't taking a bow, I'm stabbing myself
With a fucking knife in the gut, while I'm wiping my butt!
'Cause I just shitted on the mic, and I like getting cut
I get excited at the sight of my blood, you're in a fight with a nut
'Cause I'mma fight 'til I die or win
Biting the dust it'll just make me angrier, wait
Let me remind you of what got me this far, picture me quitting
Now draw a circle around it and put a line through it slut
It's survival of what?

This is survival of the fittest
This is do or die
This is the winner takes it all so take it all
So take it all

So get your ideas, stack your ammo
But don't come unless you come to battle, I'm mad now jump in the saddle
This is it, it's what you eat, sleep, piss and shit
Live, breathe, your whole existence just consists of this
Refuse to quit, fuse is lit, can't de-fuse the wick
I don't do this music shit, I lose my shit
Ain't got shit to lose, it's the moment of truth
It's all I know how to do, as soon as I get thrown in the booth, I spit
But my respect is overdue, I'm showing you the flow no one do
'Cause I don't own no diploma for school, I quit!
So there's nothing for me to fall back on, I know no other trades
So you'd better trade your fucking mics in for some tool-box-es
'Cause you'll never take my pride from me
It'll have to be pried from me, so pull out your pliers and your screw-drive-rs
But I want you to doubt me, I don't want you to buh-lieve
'Cause this is something that I must use to suc-ceed
And if you don't like me then f*ck you!
Self es-teem must be fucking shooting through-the-roof 'cause trust me
My skin is too thick and bul-let proof to touch me
I can see why the f*ck I disgust you
I must be a-llergic to failure 'cause every ime I come close to it
I just sneeze, but I just go atchoo then achieve!

This is survival of the fittest
This is do or die
This is the winner takes it all so take it all
So it take it all

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Eminem

Marshall Bruce Mathers III (born October 17, 1972), known professionally as Eminem (/ˌɛmɪˈnɛm/; often stylized as EMINƎM), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, record executive, and actor. He is consistently cited as one of the greatest and most influential artists of all time in any genre, with Rolling Stone ranking him 83rd on its list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time and labelling him the "King of Hip Hop". He will often be called " Slim Shady" at times. He has gotten into quite some rap battles against MGK, ( Machine Gun Kelly) Snoop Dog, etc. more »

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Written by: Erik Albert George Alcock, Khalil Abdul-Rahman, Liz Rodrigues, Marshall B. Iii Mathers, Michael A. Elizondo, Michael Jr. Strange, Pranam Injeti

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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12 facts about this song

Genre Classification
"Survival" is classified under the genre of hardcore hip-hop.
Album Affiliation
The song "Survival" is a part of Eminem's eighth studio album, 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2', which was released in 2013.
Commercial Success
"Survival" enjoyed significant commercial success. It peaked at number 16 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Collaboration
The hook of the song was sung by Liz Rodrigues from the band 'The New Royales’.
Music Video Direction
The official music video was directed by Syndrome and was released in October 2013.
Video Game Soundtrack
The song was initially released as part of the soundtrack for the video game 'Call of Duty: Ghosts'.
Theme
Like numerous other Eminem songs, "Survival" is about Eminem's struggles, successes, and journey in the music industry.
Promotion
"Survival" was debuted in a trailer for 'Call of Duty: Ghosts' during a live event of Microsoft's Xbox One, which helped in gaining early traction and promotion for the song.
Critics' Reception
Critics had mixed reactions to the song; some admired its aggressive line deliveries and beat, while others found it a bit repetitive to Eminem’s previous works.
Co-Writer
The song was co-written by DJ Khalil, Liz Rodrigues, Pranam Injeti, and Erik Alcock.
Certification
The song was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Global Chart Performance
Apart from its success in the US, "Survival" also charted within the top 20 of the charts in several other countries, including Canada and the United Kingdom.

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