“Lose Yourself” was released as a single off of the 8 Mile soundtrack over a decade ago, but its legacy continues as one of the most referenced and quotable songs, at least amongst those who attended a middle-school dance or two in the early ’00s. Usually when demos are released they just kind of sound like crappier versions of the songs you already love, but that is not the case with the newly released demo version of “Lose Yourself.” The production sounds shoddier, sure, but the lyrics are almost completely unrecognizable. The demo will be released on Shady XV, a compilation celebrating the 15th anniversary of Eminem’s Shady Records. Listen to the “Lose Yourself” demo below.
Shady XV will be out 11/24 via Shady Records.