How Come

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"How Come"
D12 - How Come - CD cover.jpg
Single by D12
from the album D12 World
B-side"40 Oz."
ReleasedJune 8, 2004
FormatCD
GenreHip hop, Horrorcore
Length4:09
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Witt & Pep
D12 singles chronology
"My Band"
(2004)
"How Come"
(2004)
Music video
Video on YouTube

"How Come" is a song by the American rap group D12. It was released in June 2004 as the second single from their second album D12 World. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA.[1]

Content[edit]

The song is about the relationship between the members of D12. Eminem makes reference to his relationship to Proof and MC Jackson, Kon Artis talks about Eminem and Kim's relationship, and Proof talks about the rift between him and Eminem.

Bizarre and Swift had verses in the extended version, but these were cut from the official release of the song.

Music video[edit]

The video depicts members of D12 fighting with Eminem in the Shady Records studio. It shows a detailed strain on the members relationships. They discuss how Eminem rose to stardom, and they can't get a deal. They envy Eminem, but he doesn't think there is anything to envy, the song ends, leaving people wondering, with the members dissatisfied. In the second verse of the song, Kon Artis talks about a time when he claims to have seen Eminem's girlfriend Kim cheating on him. The video ends with a clip of another song from D12 World, "Git Up". The beginning also shows a home video of Eminem rapping at an underground show with Proof and Bizarre.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."How Come[A]"Witt & Pep4:41
2."40 Oz."Trackboyz4:08
3."How Come - Video"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Holton
  • Johnson
  • Moore
Witt & Pep5:24
4."40 Oz. - Video"
  • Mathers
  • Carlisle
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Williams
  • Kent
Trackboyz3:56
5."40 Oz. - Instrumental"
  • Mathers
  • Carlisle
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Williams
  • Kent
Trackboyz4:05
European CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."How Come[A]"Witt & Pep4:41
2."40 Oz."Trackboyz4:08
3."How Come - Video"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Holton
  • Johnson
  • Moore
Witt & Pep5:24
4."40 Oz. - Video"
  • Mathers
  • Carlisle
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Williams
  • Kent
Trackboyz3:56
Notes:

^ This is an extended version of the song, containing Swifty McVay and Bizarre's verses, which were cut off the album version.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[2] 4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[3] 17
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[4] 15
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[5] 26
Denmark (Tracklisten)[6] 5
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 15
Ireland (IRMA) 4
Italy (FIMI)[8] 17
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[9] 7
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[10] 6
Norway (VG-lista)[11] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[12] 42
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[13] 17
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company) 4
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 27
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 68
U.S. Billboard Hot Rap Tracks 18

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Cover[edit]

  • A cover version was first performed by English rock band Embrace for BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge show. This version is shortened to Eminem's lyrics on the song, cutting out Kon Artis and Proof.[15] The song was released B-sides to their single "Ashes" and on their album Dry Kids: B-Sides 1997–2005. When the video is played for this song, the song often joins onto a shortened version of the D12 song, "Git Up."

References[edit]

  1. ^ RIAA Archived 2015-03-29 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Australian-charts.com – D12 – How Come". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  3. ^ "Austriancharts.at – D12 – How Come" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  4. ^ "Ultratop.be – D12 – How Come" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – D12 – How Come" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  6. ^ "Danishcharts.com – D12 – How Come". Tracklisten.
  7. ^ "Musicline.de – D12 Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  8. ^ "Italiancharts.com – D12 – How Come". Top Digital Download.
  9. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – D12" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  10. ^ "Charts.nz – D12 – How Come". Top 40 Singles.
  11. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – D12 – How Come". VG-lista.
  12. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – D12 – How Come". Singles Top 100.
  13. ^ "Swisscharts.com – D12 – How Come". Swiss Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – D12 – How Come". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
  15. ^ Embrace - Embrace To Embrace Rap

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