This tackling disco remarks the return of Eminem and his intentions to save the world from boring music with him away. It is one of his most successful tracks.
The opening lines (two trailer park girls go round the outside) came from an Appalachian square dance song called “Buffalo Gals” and mocks underground artist Canibus. Eminem takes shots at his critics, such as former Vice-President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne, The FCC, Chris Kirkpatrick from NSYNC, Limp Bizket and Moby. The line “Nobody listens to Techno” became a popular sample between the Techno fans and was made into a song under the alias Size DDD (Deep Dish Danny). During the Reddit AMA, Moby said about him being mentioned in the song: “he gave me some amazing free publicity” he added that he does hate Eminem: “I think apart from his misogyny and homophobia he’s an amazingly talented rapper. It’s amazing to me that he’s had such a long and successful career. So kudos to him.”
In the video Eminem and Dr. Dre appear as Batman and Robin, sent to save the world.
Release Date: May 14, 2002
Songwriter/s: Marshal Mathers – Jeff Bass – Urban Kris – Shawn Baumgardner – Kevin Bell.
Label: Aftermath – Shady – Interscope
Chart Rankings: In the UK, the song topped the Official Charts Company and sold over 610,000 copies. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Platinum. In the US, it reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts but topped the Mainstream Top 40 and the US Rhythmic charts. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it Gold for sales over 500,000 copies. ‘Without me’ topped the charts in several countries around the world including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland. The song was certified Quadruple Platinum in New Zealand, Triple Platinum in Australia, and Platinum in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Marshall Bruce Mathers aka Eminem was 30 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: very few amateur artists such as MattyBRaps covered this song on Youtube.