On this day, exactly 14 years ago (September 17, 2002), Eminem released “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” as the second single off The Eminem Show.
It became the second Top 10 single from the album, reaching number four on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart, and one of the highest-charting singles of his career. The song did not reach number one on any foreign charts, but was certified Platinum in Australia and New Zealend and was certified Gold in Belgium and Sweden.
The song entered into the Top 20 songs chart in 20 different countries, including: United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.
“Cleanin’ Out My Closet” received generally received positive reviews from critics. Rolling Stone praised the production, which was made by legendary Jeff Bass.
In the song Eminem slams his own mother but years later, in the song “Headlights” Em apologies to his mom, rapping that he cringes when he hears “Cleanin’ Out My Closet” on the radio, and that he does not play the song in concert anymore.