'Till I Collapse

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"'Till I Collapse"
Song by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg
from the album The Eminem Show
Released July 21, 2002
Recorded 2002
Genre Hardcore hip hop, rap rock
Length 4:58
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s) Eminem
The Eminem Show track listing
"Say What You Say"
(17)
"'Till I Collapse"
(18)
"My Dad's Gone Crazy"
(19)

"Till I Collapse" is a song by American rapper Eminem. It was released from his fourth studio album, The Eminem Show, during 2002. It is the 18th track on the album, and features American rapper Nate Dogg in the chorus.

Background[edit]

The song samples the "stomp-stomp-clap" beat made famous by the rock band Queen on their song "We Will Rock You" (1977).

Although it has never been released as a single, it has charted on a few occasions when other Eminem albums have been released.[1] In 2012 it was certified double-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for digital sales of 2,000,000 copies in the United States.[2]

In the second verse, Eminem makes references to several rappers who he believes are the best in the industry. The list, in descending order, is Reggie (Redman), Jay-Z, Tupac Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., André 3000, Jadakiss, Kurupt, Nas and then himself.

Critical reception[edit]

David Browne wrote that this song is about underrating Eminem himself: "In songs like the trudging 'Till I Collapse (...) he tells how persecuted he's been by the government, how his lyrics are constantly misinterpreted, and how [he'll] probably never get the props [he]... [deserves].[3] DX Magazine called this song "massive hand-clap driven beat."[4] Steve Juon wrote in his favorable review, "Wrapping up the album are "Till I Collapse," another surprisingly militaresque track."[5] Kris Ex described "'Till I Collapse" as an "all paranoid horror-movie instrumentation bottomed with arena-rock grandeur."[6] On October 9, 2013, WatchMojo.com rated 'Till I Collapse number 7 on their 'Top 10 Eminem Songs'.

In popular culture[edit]

Although "'Till I Collapse" was not released as a single, when the single "Shake That" (also featuring Nate Dogg) was released in 2006, several Eminem songs re-charted that same week, including this one. It charted in the United Kingdom at number 192 on 15 April 2006.[1] In 2008, it appeared in HBO's Oscar de la Hoya – Manny Pacquiao 24/7. In 2009, it was used in an advert for the then-upcoming game Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It raised digital download sales of the song worldwide considerably,[7] but in Britain the song sold so many copies after the advert aired that it re-charted that week (21 November 2009) at number 73, a new peak. During the 2010–11 NBA season, the song was used during the Cleveland Cavaliers' team introductions. Shane Mosley used this song as an entrance theme with his bout with Floyd Mayweather as did Shane Carwin for his bout against Junior dos Santos. Major League Baseball pitcher Jesse Litsch used the song as his entrance music during the 2011 season.[8] The song has also been used in the credits of the Season 8 premiere of Entourage. It was also used in September 2011 in the trailer and soundtrack for the film Real Steel, and in trailers and TV spots for the Oliver Stone-directed film Savages.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "'Till I Collapse" 4:57
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "'Till I Collapse" (Instrumental) 5:43
2. "'Till I Collapse" (A cappella) 4:09

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006-16) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[10] 77
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[11] 100
UK Singles (Official Chart Company) 73
US Billboard Hot Digital Songs[1] 75

Certifications[edit]

Country Certification Sales
Italy Gold[12] 25,000
United Kingdom Gold[13] 400,000
United States 3× Platinum[14] 2,000,000

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chart Log UK: E-40 - E-Z Rollers". zobbel.de. Retrieved 3 January 2011. Archived May 17, 2013, at WebCite
  2. ^ riaa.com Archived June 24, 2013, at WebCite
  3. ^ The Eminem Show Review | Music Reviews and News | EW.com Archived October 29, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Eminem - The Eminem Show (Advanced Copy) | Read Hip Hop Reviews, Rap Reviews & Hip Hop Album Reviews | HipHop DX Archived October 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "RapReview Of The Week: "The Eminem Show". RapReviews.com. May 28, 2002 - Archived March 22, 2013, at WebCite
  6. ^ The Eminem Show | Album Reviews | Rolling Stone Archived December 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Billboard database query". Billboard. 25 December 2010. Retrieved 2014-05-10. [dead link]
  8. ^ "Net knives". Walkup Music. Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  9. ^ "Eminem Featuring Nate Dogg – 'Till I Collapse". Discogs. Retrieved February 17, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Irish Charts - Week ending 20th September 2012". Irish Recorded Music Association. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 201641 into search. Retrieved October 17, 2016.
  12. ^ Eminem - Italian Single and Album Certifications - FIMI
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved August 19, 2017.  Enter Eminem in the search field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - May 09, 2014 Archived November 24, 2012, at WebCite

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