"Fall"
Single by Eminem
from the album Kamikaze
ReleasedSeptember 4, 2018
Recorded2018
GenreHip hop
Length4:22
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Eminem singles chronology
"Remind Me"
(2018)
"Fall"
(2018)
"Killshot"
(2018)
Music video
"Fall" on YouTube

"Fall" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his album Kamikaze (2018). It was sent to Italian and UK contemporary hit radio on September 14, 2018, as the album's first single.[1][2][3][4][5]

Content

The song features uncredited vocals by American singer Justin Vernon, who performed the chorus and was credited as one of the co-writers.[6] As other tracks from the album, "Fall" criticizes the contemporary hip-hop scene, dissing Joe Budden, DJ Akademiks and Tyler, the Creator, among others.[7] The slur used to describe Tyler, the Creator, "faggot", generated controversy, with fans writing against Eminem on social media, and some fellow recording artists, including Imagine Dragons' Dan Reynolds and Australian singer Troye Sivan, publicly criticizing his lyrics.[8][9][10] Writing for Billboard, Mikelle Street claimed Eminem has to be "held accountable for using homophobic slurs" on the track, explaining that "the idea that listeners are too 'soft' for critiquing the ways in which rappers weaponize the identities of others against them ignores how much these industries are both a reflection and arbiter of culture".[11] Justin Vernon also distanced himself from the song's message, claiming he was not in the studio while Eminem recorded his vocals, and revealing he asked Eminem's entourage to change it, without any result.[12][13] Interviewed by Sway, Eminem discussed his verses, claiming he knew he went "too far" with calling Tyler a "faggot", and apologized "because in my quest to hurt him, I realize that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it".[14][15]

Music video

On September 4, 2018, Eminem released a music video for the song, directed by James Larese.[16] It was the first video to be released from Kamikaze.[17][18] The video completely cut out the word "faggot" instead of having it back masked, like in the original song.[18][19][15]

Track listing

Digital Download
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Fall"4:22

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[20] 22
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[21] 29
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[22] 16
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[23] 4
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[24] 4
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[25] 13
Denmark (Tracklisten)[26] 21
France (SNEP)[27] 87
Germany (Official German Charts)[28] 37
Greece Digital International Singles (IFPI)[29] 4
Hungary (Single Top 40)[30] 18
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[31] 12
Ireland (IRMA)[32] 15
Italy (FIMI)[33] 59
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[34] 43
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[35] 9
Norway (VG-lista)[36] 20
Portugal (AFP)[37] 33
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[38] 6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[39] 23
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[40] 7
UK Singles (OCC)[41] 8
UK R&B (OCC)[42] 4
US Billboard Hot 100[43] 12
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[44] 10

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[45] Gold 35,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[46] Gold 40,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[47] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[48] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history

Region Date Format Label Ref.
Italy September 14, 2018 Contemporary hit radio Universal [1]
United Kingdom Polydor [2]

References

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