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Mosh (song)

"Mosh"
Single Cover
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
Released October 26, 2004
Format Digital download
Genre Political hip hop, hardcore hip hop, rap rock
Length 5:17
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Mark Batson
Eminem singles chronology
"Just Lose It"
(2004)
"Mosh"
(2004)
"Encore"
(2004)

"Mosh" is a protest song by Eminem released on October 26, 2004 as a digital single, just prior to the 2004 presidential election. It was released in October 26, 2004 as the second single from his fifth studio album Encore.

The video for the song is available for free on the Internet and encouraged voters to vote Encore, not yet released at the time the video was made available to the public. G-Unit rapper Lloyd Banks also appears in the video.

This song is ranked 58th on About.com's "100 Greatest Rap Songs" [1]

Contents

  • Critical reception 1
  • Music video 2
    • Ending scene 2.1
  • Track listing 3
  • Chart positions 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Critical reception

[3] DX magazine wrote that he (Eminem) turns political and blatantly lashes out at Bush on "Mosh" (sure to cause some repercussions from politicians considering his visibility).[4] Pitchfork Media wrote a mixed review: "'Mosh'—sadly, not yet completely past its sell-by date—seems more like a plodding dirge here among the spry string of tracks that surround it."[5] NME magazine wrote a favorable review: "And then there’s ‘Mosh’. Oh boy, there’s ‘Mosh’. --- Should ‘Encore’ prove to be a swansong, then ‘Mosh’ is its blaze of glory, a scalding assault on the Bush regime that hits all the harder for its arriving days too late. The rapper sounds absolutely livid as he mounts a stealthy assault on the Prez that swells with density and rage over its five minutes until fire and brimstone is raining down on the shitwit Texan’s perpetually befuddled head. Although you might argue that everything Eminem says is inherently political through the sheer numbers that he reaches and the sheer anti-social nature of most of what he espouses, this is a different kettle of politicised fish entirely. “If it rains, let it rain/Yeah, the wetter the better/They ain’t gonna stop us, they can’t/We’re stronger now more than ever”, he rages with a demented fervour that makes Rage Against The Machine sound like Belle & Sebastian. And if that non-specific rabble-rousery is a little on the vague side, the likes of “Stomp, push, shove, mush/Fuck Bush until they bring our troops home” should make it crystal clear. On a more base level, it’s fucking fantastic to jump up and down and bang your head to, which is the level where politics and pop most effectively connect."[6]

RapReviews was also unimpressed: "'Mosh' suffers from a similar stigma: a disconcerted, ADD Eminem who can't seem to lock down his lyrics."[7] Robert Christgau of Rolling Stone wrote: "[Was Encore] a feint designed to double the wallop of 'Mosh,' which signaled a Marshall Mathers gone political — too late to help his candidate, but, be real, the Muse doesn't follow a schedule."[8] The Guardian was positive: "Finally, there is Mosh, the anti-war, anti-Bush track "leaked" just before the election. It offers both the best lyric Eminem has ever written and the one moment on the album where the repetitious production style works, providing a suitably relentless basis for his quickfire hectoring. That Mosh seemingly did nothing to affect the election's outcome is something of a double-edged sword."[9] The New York Times noted that this song gained notoriety for its anti-Bush lyrics, but Eminem sounds nearly as long-winded as the politicians he's excoriating.[10] Shaking Through called this song "political screed."[11] Stylus Magazine was the most negative of all: "Add... Em’s brand new tendency to bite himself, and you’ve actually got a pretty airtight case for playing the career suicide card."[12]

Music video

The music video for "Mosh" is entirely animated. It features a school in the beginning saying the African American man who sees the Ku Klux Klan movements on his TV. He then joins an army of protesters, led by Eminem. By the end of the video, Eminem and the protesters are shouting at George Bush.

Ending scene

The last scene of the original videoclip for "Mosh" depicts a crowd bursting into a voter registration site. A second version of the videoclip was released after the 2004 presidential election, where the crowd is not bursting in to register to vote but rather entering the United States Capitol during Bush's State of the Union Address. In this version, they then proceed to make their demands heard by the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress. It shows then-Vice-President Dick Cheney suffering a heart attack.

Track listing

CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Mosh"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 5:18

Chart positions

Though not entering the US R&B/Hip-Hop Singles, the song at least peaked in the US Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles at #12.

Chart (2004) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 12

See also

References

  1. ^ [1], 100 Greatest Rap Songs.
  2. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/encore-mw0001996708
  3. ^ http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,781365,00.html
  4. ^ http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/album-reviews/id.486/title.eminem-encore
  5. ^ http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/2772-encore/
  6. ^ http://www.nme.com/reviews/eminem/7560
  7. ^ http://www.rapreviews.com/archive/2004_11_encore.html
  8. ^ http://www.rollingstone.com/music/albumreviews/encore-20041209
  9. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/music/2004/nov/12/popandrock.shopping
  10. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/15/arts/music/15shad.html?oref=login&_r=0
  11. ^ http://www.shakingthrough.net/music/shakethrus/2004.htm#131
  12. ^ http://www.stylusmagazine.com/reviews/eminem/encore.htm
  • MOSH VIDEO RE-EDITED, ContactMusic.com, November 30, 2004

External links

  • Read reviews or download "Mosh"
  • Read reviews or stream "Mosh," -- smaller file-size version from The Internet Archive
  • Read reviews or download the updated version of "Mosh"
  • Full lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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