On this day, exactly 13 years ago (September 28, 2004), Eminem released “Just Lose It” as a lead single off Encore. and was later included on his greatest hits compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits.
The song also pokes fun at Beavis/Cornholio, MC Hammer, Madonna, and others. It also heavily spoofs Pee-wee Herman, going as far as imitating his signature shout during the chorus and Eminem dressing like him in the video.
“Just Lose It” reached #1 in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, Spain and Switzerland. It reached #2 in Brazil, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy and Norway and #6 in the United States’ Billboard Hot 100. Despite charting high, the song did not perform as well as his two previous lead singles, “The Real Slim Shady” (2000), and “Without Me” (2002).
The song received Platinum certification in Australia, Denmark and New Zealand and Gold certification in Norway and United States. It also finished the year at #1 in Ireland.
“Just Lose It” received mixed reviews from critics, many of whom found it too similar to Eminem’s previous work. AllMusic highlighted the song in a review of the album. The Shadows of Channel Awesome named it #1 on his Top Ten Worst Songs of 2004 list, criticizing Eminem’s flow, the lyrical content, and how unfunny the song was.
The music video was later nominated at the MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rap Video, but lost to Ludacris’ “Number One Spot”. Much Music’s 50 Most Controversial Videos ranked it #1 for its jokes on famous people.
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