Lose Yourself by Eminem


"Lose Yourself" is a song by the American rap artist Eminem, released as the first single from the soundtrack to his movie 8 Mile. Released on October 28, 2002, it was written and produced by Eminem along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers. The song was largely written during the filming of 8 Mile, and plays to the themes of the film, as it is loosely written from the viewpoint of the character of Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr., who was portrayed by Eminem. The official demo version of this song, with two different verses and a slightly different hook, was released on the album Shady XV November 24, 2014.

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, but he has constantly been held back by his own personal problems. The song's production incorporates piano, violins and several other string instruments. The song is one of three new Eminem solo songs featured on the soundtrack, the other two being titled "8 Mile" and "Rabbit Run". Several critics cited this trio of songs as the best three from the soundtrack, as well as the most aggressive songs ever recorded by Eminem. "Lose Yourself" itself was also received very positively, with many critics praising the song's aggressive themes and describing it as Eminem's best work to date. Eminem's rapping ability, the lyrics and the production were also praised as well. In many retrospective reviews and lists, critics have cited the song among Eminem's finest, as well as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.

The song's accompanying music video, directed by Eminem, manager Paul Rosenberg and Phillip G. Atwell, was released on October 7, 2002. The video is a mixture of several scenarios, largely including several scenes from 8 Mile: however, it also contains scenes addressing problems the real life Eminem has addressed, as well as "B-Rabbit"'s difficulties, including the ostracism by rap communities towards him due to his color, and his difficult personal life.

The song was critically acclaimed, and earned Eminem five Grammy Award nominations in 2004, and the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2002, making it the first ever rap song to have received this accolade. In 2004, it was one of only three hip-hop songs from the 21st century to have been included on Rolling Stones list of the "500 Greatest Songs of All Time", and was also the highest ranking, at number 166. Rolling Stone also ranked it one of the top 50 hip hop songs of all time. The song was certified quintuple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. and as of March 2014, it has over 6.1 million downloads in the United States alone. It was ranked number 93 on AFI's 100 years...100 songs. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 57 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".