Hackskeptic’s 500 Greatest Songs: Eminem – Lose Yourself

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197 – Eminem – Lose Yourself (2002)
Written by Marshall Mathers
Produced by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Luis Resto
Label – Aftermath/Interscope/Shady

Sometimes genius appears with uncanny spontaneity. During the shooting of 8 Mile, it was agreed that a strong promotional single was required. Retreating to a studio trailer, Eminem created a song that represented his own rise and reflected the main character’s struggles. He returned and presented his composition, with engineer Steven King recalling “He laid down the verses spontaneously. He did all three verses in one take and killed it. Jaws dropped — we were like, “Oh, my God!” When he was on the movie set, he didn’t get to spend as much time in the studio as he’d have liked. This story had been building up in him, so when he did that first take, it was incredible — it just came out of him.”

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