” Without Me ” is by Eminem ( Marshall Bruce Mathers III ), the American rapper, record producer and actor. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri in the United States in 1972, he became the best-selling artist of the 2000s in the country.
Eminem’s debut album, Infinite, was released on November 12, 1996, and sold 1,000 copies. Initially only available on cassette and vinyl, he sold the tapes out of the boot of his car around Detroit.
Eminem is considered by many to be one of the greatest hip-hop artists of all time. On the Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, he is placed 83rd with VH1 putting him at number 79 on their 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list. His estimated worldwide album sales are over 172 Million.
” Without Me ” was written by Marshall Mathers, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, Shawn Baumgardner and Kevin Bell. Production for the single was by Eminem and Jeff Bass with additional production by DJ Head.
The song was released on the 14th of May 2002 by record labels Aftermath, Shady and Interscope. It was taken as the lead single from Eminem’s fourth studio album, The Eminem Show.
The album, released on the 26th of May 2002, topped the charts in nineteen countries which included Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States. It sold 7,600,000 copies in the US making it one of the best-selling albums of 2002 there.
” Without Me ” was Eminem’s return after his success with The Marshall Mathers LP. Lyrically Eminem is saying that he is back to save the World, also referring to his role in the music industry and the effect on culture his music has had.
The opening lyric ” Two trailer park girls go round the outside ” is based on Malcolm McLaren’s popular song ” Buffalo Gals “, which itself was based on an Appalachian square dance. The introduction ” Obie Trice, real name, no gimmicks ” were sampled from ” Rap Name ” by Obie Trice.
In the song, Eminem mocks some of his critics, including then-Vice-President Dick Cheney and his wife, Federal Communications Commission ( FCC ), NSYNC’s Chris Kirkpatrick, Limp Bizkit and Moby.
He also parodies the decision by Prince to change his name to a symbol. Eminem also sends-up comparisons of him to Elvis Presley as a white man having commercial success in what is a mostly black music form.
In the lyrics, there is a line that attacks his mother, Debbie Mathers. She sued for about $10 million for slandering her on his debut single ” My Name Is ” but only received a payout of around $1,600 in 2001.
The accompanying music video was directed by Joseph Kahn ( Ahn Jun-hee ). The award-winning director has worked with a variety of artists like U2, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, 50 Cent, Britney Spears, Taylor Swift, Janet Jackson and Katy Perry.
Joseph won his first Grammy for directing the video for this song in 2002 and also picked up MTV VMA ( Video Music Award ) awards for Best Video of the Year and Best Direction.
” Without Me ” was a commercial success for Eminem. In the United States, the song reached a peak of number two on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2002. It spent twenty weeks on the chart there. The song also charted on other Billboard charts, reaching number fifteen on Alternative Songs, thirteen on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and five on Hot Rap Songs Charts. It reached Number One on the Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts.
In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 1st of June 2002 and reached Number One, spending one week at the top. It spent seven weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nineteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 2
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 1, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 1, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 1, Brazilian Singles Chart (ABPD) 2, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 4, Denmark (Tracklisten) 1, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 2, France (SNEP) 3, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Greece (IFPI) 6, Hungary (Mahasz) 2, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 2, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 1, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 1, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Romanian Singles Chart 1, Spain (PROMUSICAE) 2, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 1, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
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