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Why Eminem's "Lose Yourself" Stands Tall: For The Record
With hits like "Stan" and "Love The Way You Lie," "My Name Is" and "Without Me," Eminem's catalog is littered with iconic songs. But "Lose Yourself," from the soundtrack to his semiautobiographical feature film 8 Mile, stands a cut above the rest as the best work of the rapper's storied career.
Following its release in October 2002, "Lose Yourself" gave Eminem his first-ever trip to the No. 1 slot on the Billboard Hot 100, and to date has been certified platinum or multi-platinum in more than 12 countries around the world. The single also sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Written on the 8 Mile film set between takes, and recorded in a special mobile studio set up in a spare courtesy trailer, the song would become the most highly decorated single of Eminem's career so far.
"Lose Yourself" was nominated for five GRAMMYs, including Song Of The Year and Record Of The Year, at the 46th GRAMMY Awards, with Eminem taking home two golden gramophones for Best Male Rap Solo Performance and Best Rap Song.
The track also earned the distinction of winning the Academy Award for Best Original Song, making Eminem the first rapper — and "Lose Yourself" the first rap song — to take home an Oscar in the category.