Stan, Eminem’s third single off his 2000 album The Marshall Mathers LP, is considered by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the top 500 songs ever created. Upon its release in November of 2000, the song topped the charts in eleven countries and helped launch the solo career of the English singer-songwriter Dido, who sings the chorus. The term ‘Stan’ has become so culturally ubiquitous, it has even managed to weasel its way into the Oxford English Dictionary. The definition, in noun form, is as follows:
“An overzealous or obsessive fan of a particular celebrity – ‘he has millions of Stans who are obsessed with him and call him a rap god.‘“
The song is one of the 44-year-old rapper’s signature songs, and he’s performed it hundreds of times in sold out arenas all over the world. But, in front of an adoring crowd of 35,000 at Glasgow, Scotland’s Bellahouston Park Thursday night, Mathers forgot the words to the song that has gone platinum in several countries.
In a clip filmed by Robbie Loughlin he can be heard rapping: “I read about your Uncle Ronnie too, I’m sorry. “I had a friend kill himself over some bitch who didn’t want him.” Eminem then stumbles over his next words, stops altogether, turns around and starts laughing with his crew.
No sweat for Eminem. He had 35,000 people in attendance who could help him with his lyrics. That’s some goddamn influence.
I forgot home fire this music video is–145 million views on YouTube. Yikes.