The rapper will not let the comedian film a video for his take on the Oscar-winning 'Lose Yourself'...
EMINEM has denied ‘WEIRD’ AL YANKOVIC permission to film a parody of his Oscar-winning hit ‘LOSE YOURSELF” from the film ‘8 MILE’.
Yankovic has re-recorded a satire of the Number One entitled ‘Couch Potato’ but remains puzzled as to why the rapper will not let him direct an accompanying music video.
“He was afraid that a ‘Weird’ Al video might detract from his legacy, that it would somehow make people take him less seriously as an important hip-hop artist,” Yankovic told United Press International. “I have to say I’m extremely disappointed… this was going to be the best video that I’ve ever done.”
Yankovic added: “The choice of Eminem was a no-brainer… He’s the closest thing we have to a superstar at this point in time. He just dominates the pop market.
“And ‘Lose Yourself’, I thought, was a good choice because it’s one of his more serious numbers. It works better when you can poke fun at something that’s kind of weighty and serious. It would have been redundant to parody his more tongue-in-cheek songs like ‘Without Me’, because that’s already funny and sort of satirical.”
Yankovic’s previous parodies have included White Stripes’s ‘Beat It’ and ‘Bad’ being transformed into ‘Eat It’ and ‘I’m Fat’ and Madonna‘s ‘Like A Virgin’ into ‘Like A Surgeon’.
Yankovic releases his eleventh studio album, ”Poodle Hat” on May 20, which will also feature send-ups of songs by Staind, and Nelly. It will also include ‘Angry White Boy Polka’ – a medley of polka styled songs by the [/a], [a], The Strokes, Limp Bizkit, Rage Against The Machine, P.O.D., Disturbed and [a][/a].