Lose Yourself is a popular song by American rapper Eminem that appears on the soundtrack of the 2002 film 8 Mile. Eminem wrote the song and produced it with longtime collaborator Jeff Bass, one half of the production duo Bass Brothers, and Luis Resto. It was released as the soundtrack's lead single on October 28, 2002.
The lyrics of the song explicitly summarize the background of Eminem's character in 8 Mile, B-Rabbit, with the first verse summarizing much of the plot of the film. The song incorporates several aggressive themes, most of which deal with struggles by B-Rabbit, The official demo version called "Lose Yourself (Demo Version)" was released on November 24, 2014, as part of the album Shady XV. A Drum & Bass remix of Straight From The Lab was created and released as a European bonus track for the mixtape Straight From The Lab.
The song was a commercial success, becoming Eminem's first Billboard Hot 100 number-one single. The song received acclaim from music critics, with many describing it as the rapper's best work to date. It reached top of the charts in other countries, "Lose Yourself" won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, becoming the first hip hop song to do so. It was one of only three hip hop songs from the twenty-first century to be named to Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time in 2004. In the United States alone, it has been downloaded 10 million times.
The song was written on set during breaks while filming 8 Mile. Taryn Manning, who played Jimmy's ex-girlfriend Janeane in 8 Mile and that "you could just see him formulating stuff in his head" during any downtime, Eminem was writing during the filming. The song's sheet appears in the movie in a scene where his character is writing while riding the bus.