Superman (Eminem song)

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"Superman"
Eminem - Superman single.png
Single by Eminem featuring Dina Rae
from the album The Eminem Show
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2003
GenreDirty rap
Length
  • 5:50 (album version)
    4:47 (clean radio edit)
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Eminem singles chronology
"Rap Name"
(2002)
"Superman"
(2003)
"Sing for the Moment"
(2003)
Music video
"Superman (Official)" on YouTube

"Superman" is a song by American rapper Eminem, from his fourth studio album The Eminem Show (2002). It features backing vocals from singer Dina Rae, a frequent collaborator, and was released on January 27, 2003, as a single from the album in the U.S. only, peaking at #15 and #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the New Zealand Singles Chart, respectively.

Background[edit]

The song is about the rocky relationships and promiscuous nature of the girls Eminem has had in his life and how he plans to deal with it. In his 2008 autobiography The Way I Am, Eminem revealed that the song is, to an extent, about his alleged relationship with singer Mariah Carey.[1] The song is very similar to his song "Drug Ballad" and "Pimp Like Me" with D12. The music video for the song features porn star Gina Lynn and can only be found on the 8 Mile DVD. It also contains an edit different from the album version. The uncensored video contains nudity, and is rarely shown on MTV or BET, although it is available on YouTube and VEVO. Shannon Elizabeth was Eminem's first choice to star in the video, although this never came to fruition, as they could not come to terms.

Critical reception[edit]

Entertainment Weekly editor described: "In the creepy-crawly, mesmerizing Superman, he depicts himself as both sexual predator and commitment-phobic single guy."[2] DX magazine named the production "the southern bounce", lyrics as dealing with groupies and the critic called the chorus cheesy.[3] Steve Juon described: ""Superman" features Eminem playing with his flow in a stuttered cadence, but he's done the gimmick before and his beat on this one inspires only partial attention to his flow."[4] Rolling Stone concluded that his divorce fuels the slow Southern bounce of the hypermisogynist "Superman."[5]

Track listing[edit]

Promotional CD single[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (clean radio edit)4:42
12" vinyl[6]
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (clean radio edit)4:42
2."Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (album version)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • King
5:50
Total length:10:32
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (instrumental)4:27
2."Superman" (feat. Dina Rae) (acapella)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • King
4:27
Total length:8:54
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mathers, Marshall (2008). The Way I Am. Dutton. p. 163. ISBN 9780525950325.
  2. ^ "The Eminem Show - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Eminem - The Eminem Show (Advanced Copy)". Hiphopdx.com. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "RapReviews.com Feature for May 28, 2002 - Eminem's "The Eminem Show"". Rapreviews.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Eminem The Eminem Show Album Review". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Eminem - Superman (vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Charts.nz – Eminem feat. Dina Rae – Superman". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2003". Billboardtop100of.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem – Superman". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved June 1, 2018.Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Superman in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Eminem – Superman". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved June 1, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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