Mockingbird (Eminem song)

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"Mockingbird"
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
Released 25 April 2005
Format CD single, Digital download
Recorded May/June 2004 in Los Angeles, California
Genre Conscious hip hop
Length 4:10
Label Shady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s) M. Mathers, L. Resto
Producer(s) Eminem, Luis Resto
Certification Gold (ARIA)
Gold (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Like Toy Soldiers"
(2005)
"Mockingbird"
(2005)
"Ass Like That"
(2005)
Curtain Call: The Hits track listing
"The Real Slim Shady"
(11)
"Mockingbird"
(12)
"Guilty Conscience"
(13)

"Mockingbird" is a song by American rapper Eminem, released as the fourth single from his fifth studio album, Encore. It peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100, and number four in the United Kingdom. It received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Solo Performance. "Mockingbird" was later included on Eminem's compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits. The song is another that addresses Eminem's relationship with his daughter Hailie Jade, his adopted daughter Alaina and his relationship with their mother Kim. The single cover features a still from the video with Eminem sitting on the couch. This song was also featured on the 2005 compilation album Now That's What I Call Music! 19 (U.S. series).

Background[edit]

This is an example of Eminem's rap storytelling ability, another being "Stan". The lyrics are a personal, undisguised account of his early relationship with his wife and daughters. Critics praised the song for its lyrics. This song mixes an original rap dialogue about Eminem's failed marriage, as he apologizes to his daughters with a straight melodic version of the traditional "Mockingbird" lullaby called "Hush, Little Baby". The second verse is about the difficulties including Kim and Eminem's divorce and the beginning of Eminem's fame.

Critical response[edit]

Entertainment Weekly's David Browne was angered: "Again he addresses a song to his daughter (Mockingbird) and explains how he's working hard at being a good father. Again he berates various women, including his ex-wife and his mother (although he's a little kinder toward his mom this time). Again he includes phone-call skits with his worried lawyer."[1] J-23 praised the song: "Things get a bit better at the end, 'Mockingbird' is another song for Hailie that is most notable for flawless delivery."[2] Steve Jones was positive: "The affectionate Mockingbird talks directly to his 9-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade, and 8-year-old niece, Alaina, trying to explain Kim's troubles with the law and his constant travel."[3] RapReviews was also satisfied: "Predictably, Em lays down one for Haley with "Mockingbird," but what is not foreseeable is that it actually works" and he noted that it imitates Em himself.[4] The New York Times was mixed: the I-love-my-daughter ode "Mockingbird" isn't the most exciting thing according to critic.[5] Stylus Magazine was negative: "Encore dutifully deploys the obligatory Haley ode (“Mockingbird”)."[6]

Music video[edit]

The video premiered on MTV TRL on February 21, 2005 and features Eminem sitting in his empty house watching home movies about his daughters. It also features footage with his mentor, Dr. Dre. This is the second video to feature Eminem with his glasses, the first being "Stan".

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Mockingbird" (Instrumental) - 4:11
  3. "Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix) - 3:30
  4. "Mockingbird" (Video) - 4:11
  • Digital download[9]
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Mockingbird" (Instrumental) - 4:11
  3. "Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix) - 3:30
  • German 3" CD single[11]
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  • German CD single[12]
  1. "Mockingbird" - 4:11
  2. "Encore" (UMI Fade Version) (featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) - 5:12
  3. "Mockingbird" (Instrumental) - 4:11
  4. "Mockingbird" (Video) - 4:11

Charts[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Singles Chart 9
Austrian Singles Chart 18
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders) 30
Czech Republic (IFPI) 14[13]
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14] 11
European Hot 100 8
German Singles Chart 15
Irish Singles Chart 7
Italian Singles Chart 20
Dutch Singles Chart 19
New Zealand Singles Chart 8
Norwegian Singles Chart 7
Swiss Singles Chart 14
UK Singles Chart 4
US Billboard Hot 100[15] 11
US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[15] 51
US Billboard Rap Songs[15] 10
US Billboard Pop Songs[15] 6

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