“Lose Yourself” is a song by the American rap artist Eminem, released as the first single from the soundtrack to his movie 8 Mile. Released on October 28, 2002, it was written and produced by Eminem himself, along with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers. The song was largely written during the filming of 8 Mile, and plays to the themes of the film, as it is loosely written from the viewpoint of the character of Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith, Jr., who was portrayed by Eminem.
The song incorporates several aggressive themes, largely dealing with the struggles dealt with by “B-Rabbit”, and how he eventually overcomes his many problems and obstacles to gain the respect of other rappers, but he has constantly been held back by his own personal problems. The song’s production incorporates piano, violins and several other string instruments. The song is one of three new Eminem solo songs featured on the soundtrack, the other two being titled “8 Mile” and “Rabbit Run”. Several critics cited this trio of songs as the best three from the soundtrack, as well as the most aggressive songs ever recorded by Eminem. “Lose Yourself” itself was also received very positively, with many critics praising the song’s aggressive themes and describing it as Eminem’s best work to date. Eminem’s rapping ability, the lyrics and the production were also praised as well. In many retrospective reviews and lists, critics have cited the song among Eminem’s finest, as well as one of the best hip-hop songs of all time.