Yeah, yeah, I know. This isn’t rock; it’s rap. But I’m the one making the picks, so deal with it.
Actually, there’s a solid reason why I chose this tune for the Rock Rewind. While he would likely eschew this fact, Eminem is arguably one of the biggest crossover rap artists on the planet, and “Lose Yourself” is arguably his biggest crossover hit. Not in the sense that he blended genres, but in that the passion of his delivery and the strength of the hook are positively captivating to a wide audience. In other words, whether you love rap music or hate it, chances are you’ve heard this song, and even been tempted to “lose yourself” in it. That’s what I mean by “crossover.”
Released in 2002 as a single from the soundtrack to Eminem’s film 8 Mile, “Lose Yourself” was reportedly written by the rapper on the set between takes, and is a summation of his character in the film. The song shot to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for a whopping 12 weeks. The song went on to win an Oscar for Best Original Song, along with two Grammys, and was the first rap song ever to be nominated for Song of the Year. Since that time, the song continues to rank on list after list as one of the best or most influential songs of all time.
ADVISORY: While the video below is within MIMO’s profanity standards, understandably, the language on this video is a little stronger than what appears on most of the tracks I share in this category. I chose an unedited version because it does better justice to the flow of the song. Just so you know…