TBT: 2002, When Eminem Said You Better “Lose Yourself”

by Alisha Jackson

During this week in 2002, Eminem was enjoying his second of twelve weeks at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart with his 8 Mile soundtrack hit, “Lose Yourself.”

We know you remember that line about “mom’s spaghetti,” but did you know these throwback tidbits about the song?

1. “Lose Yourself” was the first ever rap song to win an Academy Award for Best Original Song.

(Getty Images) (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

Eminem actually slept during the Oscar’s the night “Lose Yourself” won. “I was sleeping that night,” Eminem said in an interview. “I just felt like I had no chance of winning, because when I heard I was nominated, I thought that was for actors,” he explained. “I just felt like I had a snowball’s chance in hell.”

Eminem’s song also won two GRAMMY awards for Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance.

2. Eminem wrote the lyrics while on set filming 8 Mile.

In the interview above, Eminem can be heard talking about his songwriting process for “Lose Yourself.”

3. The song’s demo had two different verses and a different hook.

You can hear the official demo in the video above.

4. Weird Al released a parody song called “Couch Potato.”

Eminem gave Weird Al permission to parody the song, but he made him scrap the music video, for he feared it would damage his career.

Weird Al responded to the situation in his own special way. Check out his fake interview with Eminem below.

5. The music video for “Lose Yourself” was filmed in Detroit.

You can spot shots of the city and its Ambassador Bridge in the video above.

Those are your Throwback Tidbits for the 2002 hit, “Lose Yourself”! Check back next Thursday for a brand new #TBT!

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