Eminem – Lose Yourself – 2001

Written by on 7 March 2021

“Lose Yourself” is a song by American rapper Eminem from the soundtrack to the 2002 motion picture 8 Mile. The song was written by Eminem and produced by Eminem along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers, and Luis Resto. It was released on October 28, 2002, as the lead single from the soundtrack. The song’s lyrics explicitly sum up the background of Eminem’s character in 8 Mile, B-Rabbit, with the first verse summing up much of the plot of the movie. The song incorporates several aggressive themes, largely dealing with the struggles dealt with by B-Rabbit, and how he eventually overcomes his many problems and obstacles to gain the respect of other rappers.

“Lose Yourself” was a commercial success, becoming Eminem’s first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single and remaining there for twelve consecutive weeks. It reached atop of the charts in nineteen other countries. “Lose Yourself” received acclaim from music critics, with many critics praising the song’s inspiring, aggressive themes and describing it as Eminem’s best work to date. Eminem’s rapping ability, the lyrics and the production were also praised. In many retrospective reviews and lists, critics have cited the song among Eminem’s finest, as well as one of the greatest hip hop songs of all time.

The music video for the song, directed by Eminem, manager Paul Rosenberg and Phillip G. Atwell, was released on October 7, 2002. The video is a mixture of multiple scenarios, including scenes from and reminiscent of the movie 8 Mile, and Eminem rapping next to the “8 Mile Rd. Mobile Court” sign that appears on the cover of the movie’s soundtrack. It received the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film.

“Lose Yourself” won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, making it the first hip hop song to receive the award, and also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance. In 2004, it was one of only three hip hop songs from the 21st century to be included on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, being the highest ranked at number 166. Rolling Stone also included it on its list of the Top 50 Hip Hop Songs of All Time. “Lose Yourself” is certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and has been downloaded 10 million times in the United States alone.

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