Mosh (song)

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"Mosh"
Mosh digital single.jpg
Single Cover
Promotional 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 M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope
Producer Dr. Dre, Mark Batson
Encore track listing
  1. "Curtains Up" (Encore version)
  2. "Evil Deeds"
  3. "Never Enough"
  4. "Yellow Brick Road"
  5. "Like Toy Soldiers"
  6. "Mosh"
  7. "Puke"
  8. "My 1st Single"
  9. "Paul" (Skit)
  10. "Rain Man"
  11. "Big Weenie"
  12. "Em Calls Paul" (Skit)
  13. "Just Lose It"
  14. "Ass Like That"
  15. "Spend Some Time"
  16. "Mockingbird"
  17. "Crazy in Love"
  18. "One Shot 2 Shot"
  19. "Final Thought" (Skit)
  20. "Encore/Curtains Down"

Bonus Tracks

  1. "We As Americans"
  2. "Love You More"
  3. "Ricky Ticky Toc"

"Mosh" is a protest song by Eminem released on October 26, 2004 as a digital single, just prior to the 2004 presidential election.

The video for the song is available for free on the Internet and encouraged voters to vote George W. Bush out of office. The song was excerpted from Eminem's album, 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]

Critical reception[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine highlighted the song.[2] Entertainment Weekly wrote a mixed description: "Quickly on its heels came single No. 2, Mosh, which, in stunning contrast, was nothing less than the sound of America's favorite Caucasian rapper at his most intense and focused. Protest songs made a comeback this year, but none captured doom and apocalypse the way Mosh so brilliantly did. Eminem is still a narcissist, of course — he wants us to follow him to liberation, or at least to the voting booth — but the power of Mosh made you forgive his never-ending self-absorption" and he called the song itself, an anomaly.[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 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, mosh/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] Rolling Stone wrote: "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] NY 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: "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[edit]

The music video for "Mosh" is entirely animated. It features a school in the beginning saying the Pledge of Allegiance, then to reveal Eminem performing in Iraq for U.S. troops where a large crowd is gathered, one of which, who is also Eminem, returns home later to his wife and children only to find he has been sent back to Iraq because of George W. Bush's strategy to send more troops to Iraq during his time in office (Stop Loss). It also shows a young 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.

Post-election videoclip[edit]

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.

Pre-election videoclip[edit]

The original videoclip for "Mosh" depicts a crowd bursting into a voter registration site.

Track listing[edit]

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[edit]

Though not an official single, the song received a moderate amount of airplay and digital success, enabling it to enter the music charts.

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

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