Just Lose It

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"Just Lose It"
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
Released September 25, 2004
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2004
Los Angeles, California
Genre Comedy hip hop
Length 4:09
3:42 (remix)
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) Eminem, Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo, Mark Batson, C. Pope
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo
Certification 2x Platinum (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"One Day at a Time (Em's Version)"
(2004)
"Just Lose It"
(2004)
"Mosh"
(2004)
Curtain Call: The Hits track listing
"Cleanin' Out My Closet"
(14)
"Just Lose It"
(15)
"When I'm Gone"
(16)
Music sample

"Just Lose It" is a comedy hip hop song by American rapper Eminem. It is the first single from his fifth studio album Encore and was later included on his 2005 compilation album, Curtain Call: The Hits. 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 reached number one in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand, and number six in the USA. Despite charting high, the song did not perform as well as his two previous lead singles, "The Real Slim Shady" and "Without Me".

Background[edit]

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 response[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 a somehow good opinion: "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]

RapReviews argued that it isn't "dropping any jaws or widening any eyes."[6] Rolling Stone described this song as "dance-music dis."[7] In a review praising Encore's "edginess," Steve Jones of USA Today cited the song's mocking of the Michael Jackson child-molestation scandal.[8] Alexis Petridis of The Guardian, however, wrote: "Just Lose It, his plan appears to involve belching and making fart noises, which, with the best will in the world, won't suffice."[9] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times wrote the song "unfolds as a series of puzzlingly unfunny jokes."[10] Stylus Magazine was negative as well: "That Em’s brand new tendency to bite himself."[11]

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, Katie Cassidy, 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.

Controversy[edit]

The music video for "Just Lose It" generated controversy by parodying singer Michael Jackson's child molestation trial, plastic surgery and an incident in which Jackson's hair caught on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984.[12]

A week after the release of "Just Lose It", Jackson called into the radio show of Steve Harvey 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."[13] Many of Jackson's supporters and friends spoke out about the video, including Stevie Wonder, who "watched" the video and called it "kicking a man while he's down" and "bullshit",[14] and Steve Harvey, who declared, "Eminem has lost his ghetto pass. We want the pass back."[14] 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 could be seen. 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.

Tracklisting[edit]

  • Digital download[15]
  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[19]
  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[20]
  1. "Just Lose It" - 4:09
  2. "Lose Yourself" (Soundtrack Version) - 5:21

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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