My Band

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"My Band"
D12 - My Band - CD cover.jpg
Single by D12
from the album D12 World
B-side"B.N.U."
ReleasedMarch 14, 2004
FormatCD single
Recorded2003
GenreComedy hip hop
Length
  • 4:59 (album version)
  • 4:44 (radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
D12 singles chronology
"911"
(2002)
"My Band"
(2004)
"How Come"
(2004)
Music video
"My Band" on YouTube

"My Band" is a song by American hip hop group D12. It was released in March 2004 as the first single from their second album D12 World. The song is a parody of the false concept that Eminem is the lead singer of the "band" D12.

The single became the group's most successful outside the United Kingdom, reaching number two there, number six in the United States and number one in Australia, New Zealand and Norway. My Band was the first song to top the revamped singles chart introduced in New Zealand in April 2004. Due to its success in the United States, the radio version of the song serves as the kickoff song to the 2004 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 16.[1]

Content[edit]

The brief introduction summarizes the song's satirical message: that Eminem is the lead "singer" of the "band" and it makes everyone else in D12 jealous and looked down upon. In the chorus, he describes how girls have confidence in the group just because he is in it, even though they “don’t even know the name of [his] band”.[2]

Eminem talks about his own popularity in the first verse and the conflict it creates within the group. He describes episodes such as female fans attempting to make sexual advances when meeting him offstage, and group member Kuniva trying to attack him with a knife when he claims that Jessica Alba is his "wife-to-be".

In the second verse, Swift wrestles the mic from Eminem and then describes some of the negative consequences of this propaganda-like media coverage on the rest of the D12’s members, such as not recording with Pro Tools, being stuck driving a van while Eminem rides in a tour bus, getting their names mixed up ("I thought you were Kuniva"), and being provided a dressing room "smaller than a decimal". Kon Artis and Kuniva talk about this together in the third verse, with Eminem occasionally interjecting. The two find themselves unable to confront him.

Just like Swift, Proof complains about the propaganda in his solo part, implying that people who promote this perception know nothing about the group. (To back up his point, fans yell out “Where’s Obie and Dre?”, referring to rappers Obie Trice and Dr. Dre.) He also complains that Eminem gets "ninety and we only get ten percent" after explaining that they "ain't a band" because they "don't play instruments" (in response to a fan exclaiming "I love your band!").

In the fifth verse, Bizarre, after attacking Eminem who is at the time singing in traditional boy band, attacks the media for focusing on Eminem when discussing and covering the group, and claims that he is actually the most popular member of the group. He also threatens to leave D12 on several occasions, claiming he will "start a group with The Real Roxanne".

After this fifth verse, there is a short hook by Eminem (sung in boy-band style with the other members singing backup vocals), and Bizarre follows by trying to sing the chorus, which results in laughter. After that, some members yell out random comments while the others sing the song's title repeatedly.

At the end of the song, Eminem sings in a Spanish-style accent about how his "salsa makes all the pretty girls want to dance and take off their underpants", then facetiously promoting his fictional next single "My Salsa" (a parody of Kelis' hit single "Milkshake"). The song then ends abruptly, followed by Eminem saying, "Where did everybody go?".

Parodies[edit]

Music video[edit]

The music video begins by showing the rest of D12 looking through the window of a door to find Eminem receiving a massage, which is similar to the song's preceding skit on the album, "Dude". It then cuts to shots of Eminem in a limousine while the others are forced to wait for a bus, and the whole song's context is picked up from there.

Later scenes include Bizarre attempting to get in shape (parodying the video for 50 Cent's "In Da Club"), Bizarre and a midget spoofing fellow Michiganders Kid Rock and Joe C., Bizarre in the background of Eminem's "Lose Yourself" and "Superman" music videos, the entire band performing a boy band-style song while dressed like The Backstreet Boys, and a re-enactment of Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" (with Bizarre as Janet and Eminem as Justin Timberlake).

At the MTV Video Music Awards in 2004, "My Band" (directed by Philip G. Atwell, co-directed by Eminem) was nominated for Video of the Year, Best Group Video, and Best Rap Video, but did not win in any of the categories. During their performance of the song, Eminem mooned the audience. MTV originally planned to blur Eminem's bare bottom, but in light of their recent problems with the aforementioned "wardrobe malfunction" they instead decided to cut the mooning from the performance altogether. Pictures of Eminem's mooning have been spread across the internet.

In an uncensored version of the video, a topless woman appears next to Eminem and a topless woman dances on a pole.

Track listing[edit]

UK CD1

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."My Band"4:58
2."B. N. U."
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
4:43

UK CD2

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."My Band"4:58
2."B. N. U."
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
4:43
3."My Band - Instrumental"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
  • King
4:58
4."My Band - Video"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
  • King
4:58

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[5] 9
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[6] 15
Brazil (ABPD)[7] 3
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[8] 3
Denmark (Tracklisten)[9] 3
Europe (Eurochart Hot 100)[citation needed] 2
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[10] 16
France (SNEP)[11] 23
Germany (Official German Charts)[12] 2
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 2
Italy (FIMI)[14] 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[15] 2
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[16] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[17] 1
Romania (Romanian Top 100)[18] 10
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[19] 9
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[20] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[21] 2
US Billboard Hot 100[22] 6
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[23] 26
US Hot Rap Songs (Billboard)[24] 7
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[25] 3
US Rhythmic (Billboard)[26] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[27] Platinum 70,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Platinum 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[29] Silver 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[30] Gold 500,000^

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "D12 - My Band lyrics".
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  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – D12 – My Band" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
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  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – D12 – My Band" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  7. ^ "Brazil" (PDF). ABPD. October 6, 2001. Retrieved April 1, 2014.
  8. ^ "D12 Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  9. ^ "Danishcharts.com – D12 – My Band". Tracklisten.
  10. ^ "D12: My Band" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
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  13. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – My Band". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Italiancharts.com – D12 – My Band". Top Digital Download.
  15. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – D12" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40.
  16. ^ "Charts.nz – D12 – My Band". Top 40 Singles.
  17. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – D12 – My Band". VG-lista.
  18. ^ Romanian Top 100 - arhiva
  19. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – D12 – My Band". Singles Top 100.
  20. ^ "Swisscharts.com – D12 – My Band". Swiss Singles Chart.
  21. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ "D12 Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
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  24. ^ "D12 Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "D12 Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  26. ^ "D12 Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  27. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  28. ^ "NZ Top 40 Singles Chart". Official New Zealand Music Chart.
  29. ^ "British single certifications – D12 – My Band". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type My Band in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  30. ^ "American single certifications – D12 – My Band". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.