Sounds silly now, but remember this song was written while Eminem was still a nobody in hip hop. Thousands of other artists have written similar things while languishing as unknowns, and considering Eminem was white in a music considered exclusively black domain at the time, it probably seemed unlikely any of his songs would go gold.
Fast forward a few years to his most widely acclaimed song, “Lose Yourself,”
Reaching #1 on 24 charts worldwide, “Lose Yourself” became a worldwide success. It spent 12 weeks atop the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the longest-running #1 of 2002. It topped the UK and Eurocharts for over a month, ranking in the top 10 in several year-end sales charts. It won an Academy Award for Best Original Song, two Grammy Awards, and three other Grammy nominations, the most awards won by a single rap song in one year. The song is ranked fourth in the 100 greatest songs of the past 25 years by VH1. It also ranked #93 on AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs and first of the 50 best film soundtracks by the French television channel Virgin 17. The song was named the fourth best song of the decade by the Complex Magazine. -Wikipedia
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