"Superman"
Eminem - Superman single.png
Single by Eminem featuring Dina Rae
from the album The Eminem Show
ReleasedJanuary 27, 2003 (2003-01-27)
Recorded2001
Genre
Length5:50
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Eminem singles chronology
"Lose Yourself"
(2002)
"Superman"
(2003)
"Sing for the Moment"
(2003)
Music video
"Superman (Official)" on YouTube

"Superman" is a song by American rapper Eminem from his fourth studio album, The Eminem Show (2002), featuring guest vocals from Eminem's frequent collaborator, singer Dina Rae. Written by Eminem, Jeff Bass and Steve King, the song was released as the third single from The Eminem Show on January 27, 2003 in the United States only. It peaked at number 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the issue dated March 15, 2003 and received a Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Background

"Superman" is about the rocky relationships and promiscuous nature of the girls Eminem has had in his life and how he plans to deal with it. In his 2008 autobiography, The Way I Am, Eminem revealed that the song is, to an extent, about his alleged relationship with American singer Mariah Carey.[1] "Superman" is very similar to Eminem's song "Drug Ballad" and D12's song "Pimp Like Me".

Critical reception

Entertainment Weekly editor described "In the creepy-crawly, mesmerizing 'Superman', he depicts himself as both sexual predator and commitment-phobic single guy."[2] DX magazine named the production "the southern bounce", lyrics as dealing with groupies and called the chorus "cheesy".[3] Steve Juon described: "'Superman' features Eminem playing with his flow in a stuttered cadence, but he's done the gimmick before and his beat on this one inspires only partial attention to his flow."[4] Rolling Stone concluded that his divorce fuels the slow Southern bounce of the hypermisogynist "Superman".[5]

Music video

The accompanying music video for "Superman" features pornographic actress Gina Lynn. Shannon Elizabeth was Eminem's first choice, although this never came to fruition as they could not come to terms. The video can only be found on the 8 Mile DVD and contains an edit different from the album version. The uncensored video contains nudity and is rarely shown on MTV or BET, although it is available on YouTube and Vevo.

Track listing and formats

Promotional CD single[6]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman" (clean radio edit)
  • Marshall Mathers
  • Jeff Bass
  • Steve King
  • Eminem
  • Jeff Bass[a]
4:42
12-inch vinyl single[6]
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman" (clean radio edit)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • King
4:42
2."Superman" (album version)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • King
5:50
Total length:10:32
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Superman" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • King
4:27
2."Superman" (acapella)
  • Mathers
  • Bass
  • King
4:27
Total length:8:54
Notes

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 400,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[14] 2× Platinum 2,000,000double-dagger

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

References

  1. ^ Mathers, Marshall (2008). The Way I Am. Dutton. p. 163. ISBN 9780525950325.
  2. ^ "The Eminem Show - EW.com". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  3. ^ "Eminem - The Eminem Show (Advanced Copy)". Hiphopdx.com. Archived from the original on October 30, 2013. Retrieved December 28, 2017.
  4. ^ "RapReviews.com Feature for May 28, 2002 - Eminem's "The Eminem Show"". Rapreviews.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  5. ^ "Eminem The Eminem Show Album Review". Rolling Stone. June 6, 2002. Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "Eminem - Superman (vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  7. ^ "Eminem feat. Dina Rae – Superman". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  8. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot Rap Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  10. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Eminem Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved January 24, 2019.
  12. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2003". Billboardtop100of.com. Retrieved January 23, 2020.
  13. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem – Superman". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 14, 2022.
  14. ^ "American single certifications – Eminem – Superman". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 8, 2022.