Just Lose It

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"Just Lose It"
Just Lose It.jpg
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
Released September 28, 2004
Recorded 2004
Genre Comedy hip hop
Length 4:08
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mike Elizondo
Eminem singles chronology
"One Day at a Time (Em's Version)"
"Just Lose It"
Music video
"Just Lose It" on YouTube
Audio sample

"Just Lose It" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his fifth studio album, Encore (2004). It was released on September 28, 2004 as the lead single from Encore, and was later included on his greatest hits compilation album, Curtain Call: The Hits (2005). The song caused controversy as its lyrics and music video parodies Michael Jackson, who was being accused of child molestation at the time. The song also pokes fun at Beavis/Cornholio, MC Hammer, Madonna, and others. It also heavily spoofs Pee-wee Herman, going as far as imitating his signature shout during the chorus and Eminem dressing like him in the video.

The song peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States and reached number one in Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as the top 10 in Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, and Norway. Despite charting high, the song did not perform as well as his two previous lead singles, "The Real Slim Shady" (2000) and "Without Me" (2002).


Two skits regarding the Michael Jackson controversy were included on Encore, "Paul (Skit)" and "Em Calls Paul (Skit)". The lyrics to "Just Lose It" refer to Jackson's legal troubles, however he does state in his song "... and that's not a stab at Michael, That's just a metaphor, I'm just psycho...." At the beginning of the song there is a lyrical excerpt from Eminem's 2002 single "Without Me" about how "Shady's back". The line "Snap back to reality. Look! It's B. Rabbit" and "You signed me up to battle" refers to "Lose Yourself" and Eminem's character in the movie 8 Mile. In the second verse of the song there is a line "So fellas, fellas..." which is a reference to Sir Mix-a-Lot's song "Baby Got Back". The line "Girl you know you're my world," from the chorus, is a reference to the chorus of his song "Superman" from his album The Eminem Show.

Critical reception[edit]

The song received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it too similar to Eminem's previous work. AllMusic highlighted the song in a review of the album.[1] Pitchfork was also positive: "'Just Lose It' is still most notable for dancing with paedo and homoerotic imagery: It's the one track here that seems as potentially multilayered as the best of The Marshall Mathers LP, yet it's still more curio than anything else."[2] NME wrote: "Em (is) reduced to making funny noises to keep things interesting."[3] David Browne of Entertainment Weekly, however, felt mixed: "First [on the album] came the sarcastically bouncy "Just Lose It", a lazy retread of earlier hits that, with its easy-target references to Michael Jackson, made Eminem appear to be the one who'd actually lost it."[4] J-23 panned the song and called it "by far the worst song Eminem or Dr. Dre has ever made. It really seems like their object here was to make the worst song possible. The interlude leading into it is damn hilarious though."[5] Los Angeles Times called it "the album's hilarious slap at celebrity voyeurism, with Eminem himself a prominent target."[6]

RapReviews argued that it isn't "dropping any jaws or widening any eyes."[7] Rolling Stone described this song as "dance-music dis."[8] In a review praising Encore's "edginess," Steve Jones of USA Today cited the song's mocking of the Michael Jackson child-molestation scandal.[9] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian, however, wrote: "[Eminem's] plan appears to involve belching and making fart noises, which, with the best will in the world, won't suffice."[10] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times wrote that the song "unfolds as a series of puzzlingly unfunny jokes."[11] Stylus Magazine was negative as well, calling it "Em’s brand new tendency to bite himself."[12] The Austin Chronicle was a bit negative as well: "Where 2002 smash 'Without Me' was bitingly clever, Encore's carbon copy 'Just Lose It' is puerile and embarrassing, even though he quotes Beavis and Butt-head and does a wicked Pee-wee Herman."[13] Slant Magazine said that the song "was so derivative that it had to be a joke—even the song’s title seemed to mock the Academy Award-winning 8 Mile theme song that elevated the Great White Rapper to a whole new level of acceptance (as if he hadn’t already transcended nearly every other boundary in pop culture). Not only is 'Just Lose It' the worst song on Encore, it’s easily one of the most annoying songs of the year (credit Em’s incessant Pee Wee Herman impersonations and tired attacks on Michael Jackson)."[14] In 2012, Todd In The Shadows of Channel Awesome named it #1 on his Top Ten Worst Hit Songs of 2004 list, criticizing Eminem's flow, the lyrical content, and how unfunny the song was.[15]

Music video[edit]

The video contains a parody of a rap battle scene from 8 Mile in which it is Eminem, as B-Rabbit, versus Eminem, as Slim Shady. It also contains several scenes where Eminem is walking down the streets naked. As he is doing this, Dr. Dre is seen driving next to him, looking disgusted. For the music video, the lyrics were edited slightly, notably the phrase "shake that ass", becoming the less provocative "shake that thing". Other changes include the muting of some parts of the second verse, and the phrase "butt naked" becoming "buck naked". Such examples of parodies that are included in this video are Michael Jackson, MC Hammer and his hit single "U Can't Touch This", Pee-wee Herman, Madonna and the movie Bad Santa, by displaying Eminem as a "mall santa" and even going so far to include Tony Cox, the actor who played the elf from the actual movie, as Eminem's helper. Some of the celebrities who appeared in this music video were Paris Hilton, Monica Parales, Erik Estrada, Alyson Stoner, BooBoo Stewart, Omar Benson Miller, De'Angelo Wilson, Mekhi Phifer and Dr. Dre. The video was later nominated at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video, but lost to Ludacris' "Number One Spot". Much Music's 50 Most Controversial Videos ranked it #1 for its jokes on famous people.


The music video for "Just Lose It" generated controversy by parodying singer Michael Jackson's child molestation trial, plastic surgery and an incident in 1984 when Jackson's hair caught fire whilst filming a Pepsi commercial.[16]

A week after the release of "Just Lose It", Jackson called into Steve Harvey's radio show to report his displeasure with the video. "I am very angry at Eminem's depiction of me in his video," Jackson said in the interview. "I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive." Jackson continued: "I've admired Eminem as an artist, and was shocked by this. The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family and the community at large."[17] Many of Jackson's supporters and friends spoke out about the video, including Stevie Wonder, who called it "kicking a man while he's down" and "bullshit",[18] and Harvey, who declared, "Eminem has lost his ghetto pass. We want the pass back."[18] The video was banned on the BET channel, after complaints from Benzino and others (but was later reinstated, as critics of the ban argued that Nelly's "Tip Drill" video which has been alleged to be misogynistic was aired. Both were only seen on BET: Uncut.) However MTV did not drop it, and the video became one of the most requested on the channel.

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital download[19]
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Lose Yourself" (Soundtrack Version) - 5:21
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Just Lose It" (Acapella) - 3:20
  3. "Just Lose It" (Instrumental) - 4:10
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Lose Yourself" (Soundtrack Version) - 5:21
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Just Lose It" (Acapella) - 3:20
  3. "Just Lose It" (Instrumental) - 4:10
  4. "Just Lose It" (Video) - 4:10
  • German CD single[23]
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Lose Yourself" (Soundtrack Version) - 5:21
  3. "Just Lose It" (Instrumental) - 4:10
  4. "Just Lose It" (Video) - 4:10
  • German 3" CD single[24]
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Lose Yourself" (Soundtrack Version) - 5:21

Charts and certifications[edit]

See also[edit]


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