WELLINGTON, New Zealand — They may not have lost themselves in the music or the moment but a judge and nine lawyers in a New Zealand courtroom did listen politely to Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” as a copyright trial involving the country’s ruling political party began Monday. The Detroit-based music publishers for Eminem are suing New Zealand’s conservative National Party, alleging the soundtrack for a 2014 election campaign ad copied the rapper’s acclaimed 2002 song. Titled “Eminem Esque,” the track has the familiar urgent, pulsing beat of the original.
Awkward as fuuuuuuuuuuuck. Nothing weirder than a bunch of stuffy judges and lawyers listening to hip hop music and trying to keep a straight face the entire time. How did we not get one head bob out of that entire group? It’s almost impossible to listen to “Lose Yourself” and not feel the beat all the way from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. That song is iconic and yet that group didn’t even flinch. Not one head bob or toe tap as far as the eye can see. I was really hoping the one young dude in the back was gonna say “fuck it” and just start rapping the lyrics. Like he doesn’t know the words? An entire generation of people know the words to that song. Also, those people for sure ripped off Eminem’s song. Clear as day. I don’t have to go to law school to know those two songs sound exactly the same. Case closed. Everybody take their briefcases and go home.