Superman (Eminem song)

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"Superman"
Single by Eminem featuring Dina Rae
from the album The Eminem Show
Released January 27, 2003
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2002
Genre Alternative hip hop, dirty rap, R&B
Length 5:50 (album version)
4:42 (edit)
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) Marshall Mathers, Jeff Bass, Steve King
Producer(s) Eminem, Jeff Bass (add.)
Eminem singles chronology
"Lose Yourself"
(2002)
"Superman"
(2003)
"Sing for the Moment"
(2003)

"Superman" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Eminem. It features backing vocals from Dina Rae and was released in January 2003 as a single in the U.S. only, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single is taken from Eminem's worldwide hit album, The Eminem Show, which was released in 2002.

Background[edit]

The song is about the rocky relationships and promiscuous nature of the girls Eminem has had in his life and how he plans to deal with it. In his 2008 autobiography The Way I Am, Eminem revealed that the song is about his rumored relationship with singer Mariah Carey[citation needed], to an extent. The song is very similar to his song "Drug Ballad" and "Pimp Like Me" with D12. The music video for the song features porn star Gina Lynn and can only be found on the 8 Mile DVD. It also contains an edit different from the album version. The uncensored contains nudity, and is rarely shown on MTV or BET. It features on the music video website VEVO. Shannon Elizabeth was Eminem's first choice to star in the video, although this never came to fruition, as they could not come to terms.

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly editor described: "In the creepy-crawly, mesmerizing Superman, he depicts himself as both sexual predator and commitment-phobic single guy."[1] DX magazine named the production "the southern bounce", lyrics as dealing with groupies and the critic called the chorus cheesy.[2] Steve Juon described: ""Superman" features Eminem playing with his flow in a stuttered cadence, but he's done the gimmick before and his beat on this one inspires only partial attention to his flow."[3] Rolling Stone concluded that his divorce from Kim Mathers fuels the slow Southern bounce of the hypermisogynist "Superman."[4]

Track listing[edit]

Promotional CD single[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (Clean Radio Edit) M. Mathers, J. Bass, S. King Eminem, Jeff Bass 4:42
12" vinyl[5]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (Clean Radio Edit) M. Mathers, J. Bass, S. King Eminem, Jeff Bass 4:42
2. "Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (Album Version) M. Mathers, J. Bass, S. King Eminem, Jeff Bass 5:50
3. "Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (Instrumental) M. Mathers, J. Bass, S. King Eminem, Jeff Bass 4:27
4. "Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (Acapella) M. Mathers, J. Bass, S. King Eminem, Jeff Bass 4:27

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
New Zealand (RIANZ)[6] 42
US Billboard Hot 100[7] 15
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 44
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[9] 10
US Rap Songs (Billboard)[10] 10

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