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"Normal"
Song by Eminem
from the album Kamikaze
ReleasedAugust 31, 2018 (2018-08-31)
StudioEffigy Studios (Detroit, MI)
GenreHip hop
Length3:42
LabelShady
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Kamikaze track listing

"Normal" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his tenth studio album Kamikaze. It was released as the album's fifth track on August 31, 2018 via Shady Records along with the rest of the album. Recording sessions took place at Effigy Studios in Detroit. Produced by Illadaproducer, Symbolyc One and Lonestarrmuzik, the song contains samples from Little Dragon's song "Seconds". Despite never being released as a single, the song has managed to chart worldwide.

The rapper speaks about a volatile, mutually toxic relationship that throws several parallels to the hit single "Love the Way You Lie". He raps in the song's opening: "I love you but I hope you fuckin' die tho".[1] Tom Breihan of Stereogum wrote: "Eminem freaks out on an on-and-off girlfriend, accusing her of cheating or of getting back at him by dressing sexy when she goes out. He complains that she’s being “extra, like a fuckin’ terrestrial”. As the song progresses, he's rapping about putting tracking devices on her car or hitting her with a baseball bat. And that's where the plausible deniability comes in. Em's exaggerating things to ridiculous extents, so we know he's making dark jokes, not being serious. It's the most poisonous form of self-awareness, the kind that just dares you to get offended or triggered".[2]

Personnel

Charts

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[3] 33
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[4] 46
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[5] 27
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[6] 61
France (SNEP)[7] 83
Germany (Official German Charts)[8] 71
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[9] 30
Italy (FIMI)[10] 70
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[11] 66
Norway (VG-lista)[12] 37
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[13] 26
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[14] 53
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 39
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[16] 21

References

  1. ^ "Eminem's 'Kamikaze': the most controversial moments". NME. September 4, 2018. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  2. ^ Breihan, Tom (September 5, 2018). "Eminem Is SO MAD That You Don't Like Him Anymore". Stereogum. Retrieved September 8, 2020.
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Eminem – Normal". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  4. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Eminem – Normal" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  5. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Digital Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – SINGLES DIGITAL – TOP 100 and insert 201836 into search. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  7. ^ "Lescharts.com – Eminem – Normal" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  8. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Eminem – Normal" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Stream Top 40 slágerlista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
  10. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Eminem – Normal". Top Digital Download. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Eminem – Normal" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  12. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Eminem – Normal". VG-lista. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  13. ^ "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Singles Digital Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Select SINGLES DIGITAL - TOP 100 and insert 201836 into search. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Eminem – Normal". Singles Top 100. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  15. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2020.
  16. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved September 7, 2020.