Eminem reacts to SZA's viral “Lose Yourself” cover

SZA delighted her fans and surprised Eminem with an unexpected social media post featuring her cover of his 2002 cult hit “Lose Yourself.”

In the piano-accented version released on Thursday, SZA sweetly sang the rap anthem from the 8 miles The soundtrack was offered in a stripped-down version which, as she made clear, was not intended for a future project but solely “for mental health”.

“Have you ever covered Eminem with tender shit to evoke feelings?” SZA wrote in the caption of her post.

Eminem responded within hours, leaving a blushing, wide-eyed face emoji in the comments.

The release of the cover coincided with the release of Eminem's new single “Houdini”, the first taste of his upcoming 12th album, The Death of Slim Shady (Coup De Grâce), is set to be released this summer. The rapper announced the single earlier this week via an Instagram reel with magician David Blaine, in which he cryptically declared: “For my last trick, I'm going to make my career disappear.”

Eminem's new song “Houdini” references his successful career, while the music video features all of his children and a rare glimpse of his lesser-known youngest child, Stevie.

Fans of Eminem – real name Marshall Mathers – will no doubt be familiar with his daughter Hailie Jade, who is a staple in his music and appears in over 20 songs. Another of Eminem's daughters, Alaina – who he adopted with ex-wife Kim Scott – is also mentioned in several songs, including the 2004 song “Mockingbird.”

Eminem's children

Eminem's music video “Houdini” features his children and guest appearances by celebrities


In the song, Eminem lyrically goes on a tantrum and insults several people. He even attacks his own family, saying, “Fuck my own kids, they're brats.” In the music video, there is a scene where Eminem insults his children during a video call, to which Hailie, Alaina and Stevie react in shock.

Born in April 2002, Stevie is the biological child of Scott and her then-boyfriend Eric Hartter. Eminem legally adopted Stevie in 2005. In 2021, Stevie came out as nonbinary and spoke about her journey to self-acceptance in a TikTok video. Stevie uses all pronouns and has openly shared details about her relationship with TikToker Declan Jace.

“Houdini” begins with a familiar reference to Eminem's 2002 hit “Without Me,” repeating the lyric “Guess who's back” over and over again, just like in the original song by The Eminem Show album. The music video is even more nostalgic, featuring Eminem and Dr. Dre as superheroes from the 2002 hit. Cameo appearances by 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg and comedians Pete Davidson and Shane Gillis round out the star-studded visual spectacle.

In true Eminem fashion, “Houdini” is full of pop culture references and jabs at various celebrities, including Megan Thee Stallion, Dr. Dre, RuPaul and R. Kelly. The chorus samples the Steve Miller Band's 1982 hit “Abracadabra,” giving the song a fun twist.

“Houdini” is the first single from Eminem’s upcoming album, which he announced during the NFL Draft in his hometown of Detroit, Michigan.


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