Eminem wrote this uplifting, anthemic song for the closing credits song of The Equalizer, the big screen re-imagining of the late 1980s TV show. It finds Em reflecting on his own career as he hopes how his story of overcoming a difficult childhood will continue to inspire others.
So this is for every kid who all they ever did was dreamt of one day just getting accepted I represent him or her, anyone similar, you are the reason that I made this song.
The song features Sia. The Australian singer-songwriter previously worked with Eminem on The Marshall Mathers LP 2 bonus track, "Beautiful Pain."
The beat was supplied by Emile Haynie, the producer of Eminem's 2010 Recovery album.
The video was filmed in Detroit and directed by Eninem's frequent collaborator Syndrome. The clip is an against-all-odds narrative about a working class man overcoming personal hurdles to become a professional boxer. It stars Alexander Wraith (Sex and the City 2, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) as the down-on-his-luck guy, and we also see former America's Next Top Model contestant, Winnie Harlow, lip-synching Sia's hook. Godzilla and Sopranos actor Al Sapienza also features in the modern day Rocky story as an overbearing father.
This song is featured in a 2014 commercial for the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. The spot shows a boxer in training underscoring the message of the song: triumph through struggle. How that applies to cars, we're not sure.
Jay-Z's 2012 "Glory" features his daughter Blue Ivy Carter's cries and coos. At less than two days old, she became the youngest ever credited artist to feature on a Billboard chart when the song debuted on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs at #74.
The Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)" came top of a 2013 Spotify poll to find out which songs music fans most commonly hear people singing incorrectly. Many believe Annie Lennox is singing: "Sweet dreams are made of cheese, who am I to disagree?"