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"We Made You"
Single by Eminem
from the album Relapse
B-sideInstrumental
ReleasedApril 7, 2009
FormatCD single, maxi single, digital download
RecordedOctober 2008
GenreHip hop, comedy hip hop
Length4:29 (Album version)
4:47 (Single/Video edit)
LabelShady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s)M. Mathers, A. Young, D. Parker, M. Batson, Trevor Lawrence Jr., W. Egan
ProducerDr. Dre, Eminem, Doc Ish (add.)
Certification3x Platinum (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Crack a Bottle"
(2009)
"We Made You"
(2009)
"3 a.m."
(2009)
 
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"We Made You"
Single by Eminem
from the album Relapse
B-sideInstrumental
ReleasedApril 7, 2009
FormatCD single, maxi single, digital download
RecordedOctober 2008
GenreHip hop, comedy hip hop
Length4:29 (Album version)
4:47 (Single/Video edit)
LabelShady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s)M. Mathers, A. Young, D. Parker, M. Batson, Trevor Lawrence Jr., W. Egan
ProducerDr. Dre, Eminem, Doc Ish (add.)
Certification3x Platinum (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Crack a Bottle"
(2009)
"We Made You"
(2009)
"3 a.m."
(2009)

"We Made You" is a song by American hip hop musician Eminem and is the second single from his sixth studio album Relapse on April 7, 2009. It features chorus vocals by Charmagne Tripp.[1][2][3] Produced by Dr. Dre and co-produced by Doc Ish and Eminem himself, the song samples "Hot Summer Nights" by Walter Egan.[4] Eminem performed this song along with "Crack a Bottle" at the 2009 MTV Movie Awards. The official cover for the single is a picture of the music video, with Eminem, Lisa Ann and Bobby Lee.

Reception[edit]

"We Made You" has generally mixed reviews. Daniel Kreps of Rolling Stone magazine gave it a positive review stating, "It's nice to see Eminem goofing around again after a few years out of the spotlight during which he grappled with serious issues like the death of his friend Proof, and 'We Made You' with its damnation of current celebrities will likely prove to be a solid pop cultural time capsule of this weird 2009 moment we're experiencing now."[5] Billboard said, "Atop Dr. Dre's marching beat is primarily piano instrumentation, which amid drums and tubas give the track a carnival feel... And in case his word play was too fast and strange accent too difficult to decipher, Charmagne Tripp sings the chorus."[6] Tim Jonze of The Guardian however, reported, "'We Made You' is not Eminem doing what he does best."[7]

Music video[edit]

Development and release[edit]

The single's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who also shot "Without Me" from The Eminem Show is in the same vein as past videos under the Slim Shady persona, and the first of its kind since 2005's Ass Like That. The video was filmed in Las Vegas and features star appearances by Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Denaun Porter, Bobby Lee, The Palms hotel owner George Maloof, Rihanna, Melissa Peterman, Vanilla Ice, stripper Trisha Paytas (playing Jessica Simpson's role in the The Dukes of Hazzard), Derrick Barry (of America's Got Talent fame) (playing Britney Spears) and pornographic actress Lisa Ann as Sarah Palin. The music video for "We Made You" premiered on April 7, 2009 at 6:00 AM on several MTV networks, as well as MTV.com. The video also premiered on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom on the next day.[8]

Concept[edit]

The music video parodies TV shows Rock of Love and Star Trek (with the Starfleet insignia replaced with an inverted 2nd Infantry Division (United States)), as well as video game Guitar Hero with Eminem against an imitation version background of the notes while the homage to film Rain Man was shot at The Palms, a film Eminem has previously referenced in his lyrics.[9] The video was also a dual promotion of Larry Flynt's porn parody of Who's Nailin' Paylin? satirizing Sarah Palin's governorship of Alaska, released recently. Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho is also paid homage to. On April 3, 2009, Eminem talked about the music video in an MTV News interview, stating that there is some "Celebrity bashing in it," which is often a feature of his album's lead singles.[10] Celebrities mocked include Bret Michaels, Kevin Federline, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Samantha Ronson, Amy Winehouse and her then-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Elvis Presley, Tony Romo, John Mayer, Jennifer Aniston, and Kim Kardashian.[11] Eminem even spoofed himself, wearing an ALF t-shirt and holding a cake, referencing a commonly circulated pre-fame photo of him of when he was a youth.

Reception[edit]

Bill O'Reilly of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor deemed the video "crude" for its depiction of Sarah Palin, calling Eminem a "vile rapper" and "the lowest form of entertainment."[12] The music video won the award at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Hip-Hop Video and was nominated for Best Male Video, as well as Video of the Year. The video also ranked at #81 on BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.[13] The music video also features Beats by Dr. Dre Monster headphones.

Sales and charts[edit]

"We Made You" sold 167,000 downloads in its first week to enter the Hot Digital Songs chart in Billboard Magazine at number three. The song also debuted at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100, to become Eminem's second top ten in a row on the chart, ranked "Crack a Bottle", a collaboration with Dr. Dre and 50 Cent. This marks the first time that Eminem has had back-to-back top-ten hits on the Hot 100 as a lead artist since 2002, when he scored with "Without Me", "Cleanin' Out My Closet" and "Lose Yourself".[14] "We Made You" has reached the top ten in twelve countries, including number one in Ireland, New Zealand and Australia.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "We Made You" - 4:47
  2. "We Made You" (Super Clean) - 4:47
  3. "We Made You" (Instrumental) - 4:47
  1. "We Made You" - 4:47
  2. "We Made You" (Instrumental) - 4:47
  1. "We Made You" - 4:47
  2. "We Made You" (Super Clean) - 4:47
  3. "We Made You" (Instrumental) - 4:47
  4. "We Made You" (Video) - 4:47

Musical personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009)[19][20]Peak
position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[21]1
Austrian Singles Chart[22]6
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)13
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)12
Canadian Hot 100[23]6
Danish Singles Chart8
Dutch Singles Chart14
European Hot 100 Singles4
French Singles Chart[24]11
German Singles Chart[25]8
Irish Singles Chart1
Israeli Singles Chart[26]2
Japan Hot 100 Singles[27]13
New Zealand Singles Chart1
Norwegian Singles Chart[28]5
Romanian Singles Chart5
Swedish Singles Chart11
Swiss Singles Chart[29]4
UK Singles Chart4
US Billboard Hot 1009
US Hot Rap Tracks19
US Pop Songs23

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009)Position
Hungarian Singles Chart[30]127
New Zealand Singles Chart[31]27
Swiss Singles Chart[32]44
UK Singles Chart[33]50

Certifications[edit]

RegionCertification
Australia (ARIA)[34]Platinum

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reid, Shaheem (March 23, 2009). "Photo From Eminem's 'We Made You' Video Set Hits Web". MTV. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Paine, Jake (May 8, 2009). "Eminem's "We Made You" Co-Producer Explains His Big Break". HipHopDX.com. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  3. ^ Trust, Gary (April 15, 2009). "Chart Beat: Rascal Flatts, Seal, Eminem". Billboard. Retrieved April 16, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Eminem - Relapse (CD, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  5. ^ Kreps, Daniel (2009-04-07). "Eminem Skewers Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse, Sarah Palin in "We Made You" Video". MTV. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  6. ^ [1][dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/apr/09/shortcuts-eminem-new-single
  8. ^ "MTV Scores Exclusive Premiere Of The New Eminem Video, 'We Made You'". Starpulse.com. 2009-04-03. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  9. ^ "Is Eminem's New Name 'Rain Man'?". MTV News (MTV). March 24, 2009. Retrieved March 27, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Eminem Says 'We Made You' Video Has 'Some Celebrity Bashing'". April 3, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Eminem's 'We Made You' Video: Which Celebs Get Slammed? - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. 2009-04-07. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  12. ^ O'Reilly On Eminem Targeting Sarah Palin
  13. ^ Black Entertainment Television's. "Notarized: Top 100 Videos 2009". Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  14. ^ Paul Grein, Chart Watch, Week Ending April 19, 2009: She's The Youngest To Ever Do It, Yahoo.com
  15. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/au/album/we-made-you-ep/id313358064
  16. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Made-You-Eminem/dp/B0026J2M9A/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332667497&sr=1-1
  17. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/We-Made-You-Eminem/dp/B0026J2M9K/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332667497&sr=1-3
  18. ^ "Charmagne Tripp: Music". Retrieved 2011-12-11. 
  19. ^ ""We Made You" Billboard charts". Retrieved 2009-04-17. [dead link]
  20. ^ "Eminem - We Made You". acharts.us. Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
  21. ^ "Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association". Ariacharts.com.au. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  22. ^ [2][dead link]
  23. ^ "Canadian Hot 100". Billboard.com. 2012-03-10. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  24. ^ Steffen Hung. "Les charts français". lescharts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  25. ^ "Hitlist Germany - Top 100 - Alle Musikvideos - Chart". MTV.de. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  26. ^ "Media Forest: Airplay chart". mediaforest.biz. 
  27. ^ Billboard Japan Hot 100
  28. ^ "VG-lista - Topp 20 Single uke 10, 2012". Lista.vg.no. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  29. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swiss Charts - Singles Top 75 18.03.2012". swisscharts.com. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  30. ^ "Éves összesített listák - MAHASZ Rádiós TOP 100 (súlyozott)". Mahasz. Mahasz. 
  31. ^ "The Official New Zealand Music Chart". Rianz.org.nz. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  32. ^ "2009 Year End Swiss Singles Chart". Swiss Music Charts. 2009. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  33. ^ "Charts Plus Year end 2009" (PDF). Charts Plus. Retrieved 2010-07-19. 
  34. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2009 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 

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