Just Don't Give a Fuck

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"Just Don't Give a Fuck"
Single by Eminem
from the album The Slim Shady EP and The Slim Shady LP
B-side "Brain Damage"
Released December 10, 1997(US)
May 7, 1998(France)
November 21, 1998(Switzerland)
February 12, 1999 (Re-Release)
Format CD, cassette
Recorded June 1996-January 1997
Genre Hardcore hip hop, horrorcore
Length 4:02(Album Version), 3:49(Official)
Label Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) J. Bass, M. Bass, M. Mathers
Producer(s) Marky & Jeff Bass
Eminem
Eminem singles chronology
"Just Don't Give a Fuck"
(1998)
"My Name Is"
(1999)

"Just Don't Give a Fuck" (known as "Just Don't Give" in the clean version of The Slim Shady LP) is the debut single by American rapper Eminem and is the first single from The Slim Shady EP. The original version of this track was on Eminem's independent demo release The Slim Shady EP. The song did not do well as a single in the charts but was included on Eminem's second studio album The Slim Shady LP with a different instrumental, once he signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. The song samples the song "Beverly Kills" from Insane Clown Posse's album Beverly Kills 50187 and "I Don't Give a Fuck" by Tupac.

Lyrical content[edit]

Some of the song's lyrics started disputes with other white rappers, namely Everlast, Miilkbone and Vanilla Ice. All three artists later released diss tracks against Eminem. Miilkbone released "Dear Slim" and "Presenting Miilkbone" and Vanilla Ice released "Exhale" and "Hip Hop Rules" (both from his album Bi-Polar released in 2001), while Everlast had a long-lasting feud with Eminem. Although Eminem dissed Vanilla Ice in other tracks (such as "Marshall Mathers" and "Role Model"), he did not reply to either him or Miilkbone after their respective disses.[1]

The version of the song on The Slim Shady LP is one of a small number of Eminem tracks which has selective censorship on the uncensored version of the album. In the third verse, the word raped is reversed and replaced by female screaming.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic marked it as a stand out on LP.[3] RapReviews described the beat of the song "head nodding" but he also noted that remix version is wrong: "new one (remix) is lifeless and oddly out of place among an album full of mostly dope cuts" comparing to the "golden" non remixed version.[4]

Music video[edit]

The black-and-white video, interspersed with some color, is set in a trailer park in the summer. A variety of scenes, unrelated to each other, are shown, starting with a boy being stopped by a woman from taking food off a table. The boy returns as Eminem and chokes the woman. In one version, the video shows him beating her and throwing her on a bed. The video also includes scenes of people drinking and swimming in a pool. Additional scenes include aliens, a clown, and people eating watermelons.

Track listing[edit]

  • German CD single
  1. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" - 4:02
  2. "Brain Damage" - 3:47
  • American CD single
  1. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" - 4:02
  2. "Just Don't Give" (Clean Version) - 4:02
  3. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" (Acapella) - 4:02
  4. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" (Instrumental) - 4:02
  5. "Brain Damage" - 3:47
  • American Cassette
  1. "Just Don't Give a Fuck" - 4:02
  2. "Brain Damage" - 3:47

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Position
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 14
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[6] 62
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[7] 5

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