Previously we’ve heard isolated vocals tracks from OutKast, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie, The Beatles, and Marvin Gaye. Now comes one for Eminem’s 2002 hit “Lose Yourself”. While the original version has become a pre-battle anthem, the go-to motivational juggernaut in the face of any Goliath, the track takes on a whole different tone when stripped down to just its vocals.
Without its harrowing backdrop of music, the sense of urgency and bloodlust is left purely to Mathers’ own lyrics and delivery. And wouldn’t you know, with his vocals front and center, all bombastic noise aside, Eminem’s words resonate even louder — they stab you in the gut, and weirdly enough, nearly gouge your heart out. The aggression’s been supplanted with a more palpable pain and passion. He’s always had a way with the English language, like a masked and menacing poet of sorts, but here, his lines are allowed to really come alive.