Old Time's Sake

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"Old Time's Sake"
Single by Eminem featuring Dr. Dre
from the album Relapse
Released June 2, 2009 (digital)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2007-2008
Genre West coast hip hop, comedy hip hop
Length 4:38
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Batson, D. Parker, T. Lawrence
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Mark Batson
Eminem singles chronology
"3 a.m."
(2009)
"Old Time's Sake"
(2009)
"Beautiful"
(2009)
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Crack a Bottle"
(2009)
"Old Time's Sake"
(2009)
"Hell Breaks Loose"
(2009)

"Old Time's Sake" is a song by American rapper Eminem and is the only promotional single from his 2009 album Relapse. The song features Dr. Dre, who also produced the song.[1]

Background[edit]

News of the song's future release was first published on the official Eminem site on April 30, 2009, as a part of the official countdown.[2] The song features, and is also produced by Dr. Dre. It is one of the only two songs on the album to have guest appearances; the other song, "Crack a Bottle", also features Dr. Dre, as well as 50 Cent. The song leaked on May 4, one day before its official release. The single has no video. The song has a drug related theme similar to most of the songs in the album.

Reception[edit]

The song has been well received by fans and critics alike, MTV summarised "Old Time's Sake" as "featuring a party vibe".[1] The article went on to describe that "the record has the familiar West Coast bounce, and that Dr. Dre himself lead the song with a "simple sing-songy flow" as well as adult content."[1] Allmusic highlighted the song.[3] The Guardian was negative: "More troubling is the sense of going through the motions - something that comes with the album's attempts to scandalise, and which seems to have seeped through into the song title"[4] Louis Pattison was also negative: "‘Old Time’s Sake’ with Dre heralds a mid-album slump."[5] Pitchfork was really positive: "the mere fact he's working with Dr. Dre is seen as cause for celebration (the entirety of "Old Time's Sake" is great)."[6] Rolling Stone descirbed "there's "Old Time's Sake," where Dre drops tasteless lines about getting Em stoned again."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Digital single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Old Time's Sake" (feat. Dr. Dre) M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Batson, D. Parker, T. Lawrence Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 4:38

Musical personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 76
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 14
Ireland (IRMA)[10] 49
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[11] 61
US Billboard Hot 100 (Billboard)[12] 25
US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles (Billboard)[13] 15
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[13] 31

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Shaheem Reid (May 4, 2009). "Eminem And Dr. Dre's 'Old Time's Sake' Leaks One Day Early". MTV. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ "iTunes Countdown". Eminem. April 30, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2009. 
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/relapse-mw0000811068
  4. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/2009/may/15/eminem-relapse-review
  5. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/10466
  6. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13034-relapse/
  7. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/relapse-20090511
  8. ^ "The ARIA Report: Week Commencing 18 May, 2009 (Issue 1003)" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 1 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Eminem Album & Song Chart History: Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  10. ^ "Discography Eminem". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  11. ^ "Eminem" (select "View Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  12. ^ "Eminem Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "Billboard chart search - Eminem - "Old Time's Sake"" (XML). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2 August 2011. 

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