“Lose Yourself,” the theme song to his biopic 8 Mile, became one of Eminem’s greatest hits. The single hit #1, his first, and earned the rapper an Academy Award for Best Original Song.
In the midst of preparing his next album release, “Shady XV,” Eminem mentioned that he doesn’t even remember recording the single. The earliest version of “Lose Yourself,” was then shared with him. Impressed with its rawness and grit, the rapper decided to include it on the XV compilation.
While the production was preserved, the lyrics are obviously different.
Listen for yourself & see which version you like best.