Eminem Releases Classic "Without Me" Video in HD to Mark 1 Billion Views

Mahlik Campbell

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Eminem and Dr. Dre (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)

Celebrating more than 1 billion YouTube plays on "Without Me," Eminem and his team have uploaded a remastered version in sharp HD.

The outlandish video directed by Joseph Khan stars Eminem acting a fool and dressing up as characters like overweight Elvis, Osama bin Laden, Moby as a yogi, his infamous mom Debbie Mathers on a talk show, someone from the 'Real World' reality series making out with a sex doll, a competitor on 'Survivor,' and, his favorite, Robin, who rides around in a yellow Lamborghini with a stone-faced Dr. Dre.

Having so many many hi-jinks, you may be surprised to know that the task was initially pitched to Khan as a more 'serious' Eminem video," according to a 2002 MTV interview.

"We were initially going to make some sort of slick-looking video with movie-like production values," he continued. "Eminem was going to just look cool, and in no way was he going to wear a silly costume or make a fool out of himself. Oops."

What makes this latest feat even more impressive and solidifies Em's timelessness is that he dropped the comic book-like visuals for "Without Me" all the way back in 2002, years before YouTube became popular.

Throughout 2020, which is the 20th anniversary of the diamond album 'The Marshall Mathers LP,' Em has re-released a handful of his many other iconic videos in HD: "Stan," "The Real Slim Shady" and "The Way I Am."

Nevertheless, the 48-year-old rap legend has a long, long way to go to compete with "Baby Shark Dance," the new most-viewed video on YouTube at over 7 billion plays, surpassing "Despacito."


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