Ass Like That

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"Ass Like That"
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
Released June 7, 2005
Format CD single, 7" vinyl
Recorded May 12, 2004 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Dirty rap, comedy hip hop
Length 4:25
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope
Producer(s) Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo
Certification Gold (ARIA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Mockingbird"
(2005)
"Ass Like That"
(2005)
"Welcome 2 Detroit"
(2005)

"Ass Like That", also referred to as "A** Like That," "Like That" or "Butt Like That" in their respective censored forms, is a comedy hip hop song by the rapper Eminem. It was released as the fifth and final single from his 2004 album, Encore.

Critical reception[edit]

AllMusic wrote: "Here, Eminem is plain-spoken and literal, intent on refuting every critic from Benzino at The Source to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who gets an entire song ("Ass Like That") devoted to him."[1] DX editor J-23 was divided: ""Ass Like That" is gonna be a song you either love or hate. Whatever the case, it sure is surreal to hear him rap an entire song as that Triumph puppet from MTV."[2] Pitchfork was positive: "Em also shines when he spins well off his axis (...) the R. Kelly/Triumph the Insult Comic Dog-baiting 'Ass Like That' but he noted that he song sounds like mixtape."[3] NME magazine was proud: "silly, groin-levelled doodle that demonstrates both producer and rhymer aren’t just on autopilot, they’re having a nice snooze in the cockpit while the plane plummets towards Earth. Or to put it another way, this track is undercooked juvenile shite."[4] USA Today wrote that "On the lighter side, he name-drops the likes of Britney Spears, Janet Jackson and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on 'Ass Like That'."[5] RapReviews noted that "In 'Ass Like That' Slim impersonates Triumph the Insult Comic Dog for three perverse verses of ogling over the Olsen twins and booty bashing Hilary Duff."[6] Stylus Magazine was negative: "'Ass Like That', Em’s 'response' to Triumph, fares better, and actually makes a pretty salient point about Hollywood’s fetishization of barely legal starlets, but then you realize that it’s AN ANSWER RECORD TO AN AWARDS SHOW BEEF WITH A HAND PUPPET and suddenly you’re not even able to make eye contact with the album cover anymore" and he added it does flash some Eminem’s once-patented lyrical venom."[7]

Music video[edit]

The music video was released on May 20, 2005. The video begins with the instrumental to "Evil Deeds" (the second song from Encore) playing in the background as famous people exit a limo, walking down a red carpet with fans off to the side. Eminem is the last to come out and as the news reporters ask him a question, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog interrupts by asking "As a dog, I must know, what does Dr. Dre's ass smell like?". The crowd gasps and Triumph continues to insult Eminem by saying "You are so cute and small, no wonder Elton John loves you. You come up to his waist!" (alluding to John's homosexuality and friendship with Eminem). Eminem shakes off the remark and attempts to answer the question originally posed to him by the reporter when Triumph once again interjects: "Do you kiss 50 Cent with that mouth?" Eminem swiftly punches Triumph and wrestles several security guards to the ground. In the scuffle as Eminem appears to be trying to choke Triumph, Triumph shouts out "I'm not your wife!" (alluding to Eminem's troubled relationship with his daughter's mother, Kim). The puppet dog becomes attached to Eminem's hand as the scuffle continues, and as it is broken up Eminem stands up with Triumph to sing the chorus of the song. The video then switches between the "real world" and the "puppet world". There are puppet versions of many of the celebrities Eminem makes fun of (listed above), as well as Nick Lachey. The puppets from Crank Yankers also make an appearance, including: Elmer Higgins, Terrence Catheter, Birchum, Special Ed, Bobby Fletcher, Niles Standish, Spoonie Luv, Hadassah Guberman. Puppet versions of Dr. Dre and 50 Cent are also featured. A censored version of the song was featured in the movie Drillbit Taylor and briefly in HBO's You're Welcome America. He sang an altered version of the song in the New York Tour DVD.

Track listing[edit]

Digital Download[8]
No. Title Length
1. "Ass Like That" (Album Version - Edited) 4:25
3. "Business" (iive In L.A.) 2:34
4. "Ass like That" (Instrumental) 4:47
5. "Ass like That" (Baby Pussy Remix) 7:00
Total length:
18:06
UK CD Single[9]
No. Title Length
1. "Ass Like That" (Album Version - Edited) 4:25
2. "Business" (Live in L.A.) 2:34
3. "Ass Like That" (Instrumental) 4:47
4. "Ass Like That" (Music Video) 4:45
5. "Ass Like That" (Bait Tail Remix) 4:00
Total length:
19:51
7" vinyl[10]
No. Title Length
1. "Ass Like That" (Album Version - Edited) 4:25
2. "Ass Like That" (Instrumental) 4:47
3. "Ass Like That" (Club Mix) 5:00
Total length:
14:12

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 10
Austrian Singles Chart 27
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 20
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia) 23
Denmark Singles Chart 6
European Hot 100 11
German Singles Chart 31
Irish Singles Chart 4
Netherlands Singles Chart 28
New Zealand Singles Chart 9
Romanian Singles Chart 17
Swiss Singles Chart 25
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100[11] 60
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 93

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