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This article is about the song by Eminem. For the song by Fantasia, see Without Me (Fantasia Barrino song).
"Without Me"
Single by Eminem
from the album The Eminem Show
Released May 14, 2002
Format CD single
Recorded February 2002
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:50
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) Marshall Mathers, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, Shawn Baumgardner, DJ Head
Producer(s) Eminem, Jeff Bass (co.)
Certification Gold (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Hellbound"
(2002)
"Without Me"
(2002)
"Cleanin' Out My Closet" (2002)
Curtain Call: The Hits track listing
)
"Sing for the Moment"
(8)
"Without Me"
(9)
"Like Toy Soldiers"
(10
Music sample

"Without Me" is a song by American hip-hop artist Eminem that was released as the lead single from his fourth studio album, The Eminem Show in 2002, and re-released on his greatest-hits compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005. "Without Me" is one of Eminem's most successful singles, reaching No. 2 in the U.S. and No. 1 in many countries worldwide.

Content[edit]

The song was Eminem's return after the successful The Marshall Mathers LP, intended as a sequel to "The Real Slim Shady" and essentially saying that he is back to save the world. It also refers to Eminem's role in the music industry and his cultural effects.

The song mocks a number of Eminem's critics, including then-Vice-President Dick Cheney (including his recurring heart problems) and his wife Lynne, the FCC, Chris Kirkpatrick, Limp Bizkit and Moby.[1][2] It also lampoons comparisons of him to Elvis Presley as a white man succeeding commercially in a predominantly black art form. A line also attacks his mother; Debbie Mathers for the lawsuit she filed for the lyrics of his debut single "My Name Is".

The opening lyric "Two trailer park girls go round the outside" is based on the single "Buffalo Gals" by Malcolm McLaren and mocks underground artist Canibus, while the introduction — "Obie Trice, real name, no gimmicks" — is sampled from Obie Trice's own track "Rap Name".

The background saxophone riff was sampled in Drunkenmunky's 2002 club hit About this sound "E" .

Some of the lyrics are altered on the clean version, such as "This is about to get heavy" replaced "This shit's about to get heavy". Also, "Fuck that, cum on your lips, and some on your tits" is changed to "Jump back, jiggle your hips and wiggle a bit". The censored version also replaces "fag" with "Stan" when referring to Moby, a reference to the popular track from The Marshall Mathers LP (2000).

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine in his review for album marked it as one of best tracks on album.[3] David Browne was positive: "'I've created a monster, 'cuz no one wants to hear Marshall no more, he (Eminem) whines, partly in jest, in the beat-crazy single Without Me."[4] DX magazine noted that the blazing single Without Me is one of the only light-hearted songs in album.[5] NME magazine noted that this song is "tackling disco."[6] RapReviews wrote: "His (Eminem's) fearlessness continues on the lead single "Without Me" when he lambasts everyone from Dick Cheney's wife to the leading electronic artists of the day."[7] Kris Ex described this single as: ""Without Me" — like his "The Real Slim Shady," the leadoff single from 2000's The Marshall Mathers LP — is a fun-loving, barb-laden romp on which he flits from one topic to the next like a bumblebee with ADD."[8]

Chart performances and awards[edit]

"Without Me" is one of Eminem's most successful singles. The song reached the number one position in the charts in numerous countries, including the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand for 7 weeks.

"Without Me" was nominated for Record of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 2003 (losing to Norah Jones' song "Don't Know Why"), being Eminem's first song to receive a Grammy nomination in a major category. It also received a nomination for Best Male Rap Solo Performance but lost that award as well to the song "Hot in Herre" by rapper Nelly.

In 2009, the song was honored by Pitchfork Media as the 251st greatest song of the 2000s.

The song was the 69th best-selling single of the 2000s in United Kingdom.[9]

Music video[edit]

The music video of the song features a number of scenarios built around its context, including Eminem and Dr. Dre as parodies of comics in general, specifically Batman, Robin and Blade trying to save a child who bought a copy of The Eminem Show that has a Parental Advisory sticker. Eminem and his band of heroes rush to the rescue before the child puts the CD in and he snatches it away from him, and showing that his CD has explicit lyrics. The comic panel contains the rabbit from You're a Superstar. Early on, Eminem appears throughout some of the video where he is on a hospital bed being pushed through a ward (a reference to ER, which here is called ƎM drawing from the rapper's stage name). Porn star Jenna Jameson and fitness model Kiana Tom appear in bed with Eminem at the beginning of the video. Eminem also dressed up in various costumes as Osama bin Laden as he is chased by D12 on channel ƎNN, a spoof of the news channel CNN, a TV ad salesman shocking a look alike of then-Vice President Dick Cheney, his mother Debbie Mathers being flipped off, and Moby getting body-slammed by Obie Trice. Nate Mathers, Eminem's brother, D12, and Xzibit also appear in the talk show scene. The video also features a Lamborghini Murcielago. Also the video leaves in words like ass, bitch, and bastard while on the clean album they were censored.

This video received MTV Video Music Awards for Video of the Year, Best Male Video, Best Rap Video, and Best Direction (for Joseph Kahn), as well as gaining nominations for Best Editing and Viewer's Choice. It also won Best Short Form Music Video at the Grammy Awards of 2003.

Clips of the video for "Without Me" can also be seen playing in a number of other music videos, including 50 Cent's "In da Club", Tony Yayo's "I Know You Don't Love Me" and Dr. Dre's "I Need a Doctor".

Track listing[edit]

European CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Sample(s) Length
1. "Without Me"   M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, DJ Head 4:53
2. "The Way I Am" (Danny Lohner remix) (featuring Marilyn Manson) M. Mathers, A. Young Eminem 4:59
3. "Without Me" (Acapella) M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, DJ Head 4:53
4. "Without Me" (Instrumental) M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, DJ Head 4:53
UK CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Without Me"   M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, DJ Head 4:53
2. "The Way I Am" (Danny Lohner remix) (featuring Marilyn Manson) M. Mathers, A. Young Eminem 4:59
3. "Without Me" (Instrumental) M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, DJ Head 4:53
Australian CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Sample(s) Length
1. "Without Me"   M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris 4:53
2. "The Way I Am" (Danny Lohner remix) (featuring Marilyn Manson) M. Mathers, A. Young Eminem 4:59
3. "Without Me" (Acapella) M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass 4:53
4. "Without Me" (Instrumental) M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris, DJ Head 4:53
5. "Say What You Say" (featuring Dr. Dre) M. Mathers, A. Young, R. Feemster, M. Elizondo Dr. Dre 5:09
6. "Without Me" (Video) M. Mathers, K. Bell, J. Bass, M. McLaren, A. Dudley, T. Horn Eminem, Jeff Bass, Urban Kris 4:53

Charts and sales[edit]

Chart successions[edit]

Preceded by
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Ronan Keating
Norwegian VG-Lista number-one single
22/2002 – 24/2002
Succeeded by
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
Preceded by
"Here Come The Good Times" by Ireland World Cup Squad
Irish IRMA number-one single
May 25, 2002 – June 8, 2002
Succeeded by
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
Preceded by
"Just a Little" by Liberty X
UK Singles Chart number-one single
May 26, 2002 – June 1, 2002
Succeeded by
"Light My Fire" by Will Young
Preceded by
"Supernatural" by Supernatural
Swedish number-one single
May 30, 2002
Succeeded by
"Vi ska till vm!" by Magnus Uggla
Preceded by
"If Tomorrow Never Comes" by Ronan Keating
Danish number-one single
May 31, 2002 – June 14, 2002
Succeeded by
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
Preceded by
"65 Roses" by Wolverines
New Zealand RIANZ number-one single
June 2, 2002 – July 14, 2002
Succeeded by
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
Preceded by
"Underneath Your Clothes" by Shakira
"Kiss Kiss" by Holly Valance
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
ARIA (Australia) number-one single
June 2, 2002 – June 9, 2002
June 23, 2002
July 21, 2002 – July 28, 2002
Succeeded by
"Kiss Kiss" by Holly Valance
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
Preceded by
"Whenever, Wherever" by Shakira
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
Swiss number-one single
June 2, 2002 – August 4, 2002
August 18, 2002
Succeeded by
"A Little Less Conversation" by Elvis vs JXL
"The Ketchup Song (Aserejé) by Las Ketchup
Preceded by
"Something About Us" by No Angels
"Underneath Your Clothes" by Shakira
Ö3 Austria Top 40 number-one single
June 9, 2002 – July 7, 2002
August 11, 2002 – August 25, 2002
Succeeded by
"Was is' mit du?" by Professor Kaiser
"Herbert Grönemeyer by Mensch
Preceded by
"Perdono" by Tiziano Ferro
German number-one single
June 14, 2002 – August 9, 2002
Succeeded by
"Mensch" by Herbert Grönemeyer
Preceded by
"Dansplaat" by Brainpower
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
June 15, 2002 – June 22, 2002
Succeeded by
"Underneath Your Clothes" by Shakira
Preceded by
"L'Agitateur" by Jean-Pascal Lacoste
Belgian (Wallonia) number-one single
June 15, 2002 – June 29, 2002
Succeeded by
"Un enfant de toi" by Phil Barney and Marlène Duval

In popular culture[edit]

References[edit]

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  50. ^ Belgian certifications Ultratop.be (Retrieved January 4, 2009)
  51. ^ French certifications Disqueenfrance.com (Retrieved January 4, 2009)
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  53. ^ New Zealand certification"Chart #1327: Without Me 4x Platinum certification". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. rianz.org.nz. September 22, 2002. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  54. ^ Norwegian certifications Ifpi.no (Retrieved January 4, 2009)
  55. ^ Swedish certifications Ifpi.se (Retrieved January 4, 2009)
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External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Weapon of Choice
Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video
2003
Succeeded by
Hurt