Encore (Jay-Z song)

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Song by Jay-Z
from the album The Black Album
Released November 14, 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:11
Producer(s) Kanye West
The Black Album track listing
"What More Can I Say"
"Change Clothes"

"Encore" is a song from Jay-Z's The Black Album. It features guest vocals by John Legend, Don Crawley, GLC and Kanye West. The song was released by Roc-A-Fella Records and produced by West for Konman Productions.

"Encore" received much popularity in 2004 when it was mixed with Linkin Park's hit single "Numb" on the mash-up album Collision Course as "Numb/Encore", which went on to win a Grammy Award.



The Black Album was touted by Jay Z as his last album before he retired from rap music. He cited a perceived lack of competition as reason for his retirement, stating "The game ain't hot. I love when someone makes a hot album and then you've got to make a hot album. I love that. But it ain't hot."[1] Many critics doubted the longevity of Jay Z's retirement, and Ryan Schrieber of Pitchfork speculated that the retirement declarations could constitute "an elaborate publicity stunt."[2] Lyrically, "Encore" deals with these themes and addresses rumors of a post-retirement career. Critic Rob Mitchum wrote of the song that "it's a little hard to take Jay's claims of retirement at face value when... ("Encore") makes reference to 'when I come back like Jordan wearing the 45.'"[2]

The song was first released as the fourth track on Jay Z's The Black Album. It gained popularity when it was mixed with Linkin Park's song "Numb." The subsequent track won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards of 2006.[3]

"Encore" was also released as the B-side on a 12" vinyl with "Dirt Off Your Shoulder." The 12" includes the LP version, radio edit, and instrumental version of both songs.[4]

Song information[edit]

"Encore" features vocals by John Legend, Don Crawley, GLC and Kanye West. The song was released by Roc-A-Fella Records and produced by West for Konman Productions.

The production samples the trumpet introduction to John Holt's cover of "I Will."[5]


Al Shipley of Complex wrote that "Encore" "is perhaps the ultimate Black Album cut,"[6] while critic Dimas Sanfiorenzo called the track "probably one of the happiest songs of Hov's career."[7]

Credits and personnel[edit]


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Single by Jay-Z and Linkin Park
from the album Collision Course
B-side "Numb/Encore" (Instrumental)
Released December 13, 2004
Recorded 2004
Length 3:25
Producer(s) Don Gilmore
Linkin Park singles chronology
"Breaking the Habit"
"What I've Done"
"Breaking the Habit"
"What I've Done"
Jay-Z singles chronology
"Big Chips"
(2004) Big Chips2004
(2004) Numb/Encore2004
"Dear Summer"
(2005) Dear Summer2005
Alternative cover
Digital Cover
Digital Cover
Music video
"Numb/Encore" on YouTube

"Numb/Encore" is a song by American rapper Jay-Z and rock band Linkin Park from their album Collision Course (2004). It was released as a single on December 13, 2004, by Warner Bros., Machine Shop, Def Jam, and Roc-A-Fella Records. The song is a mash-up combining lyrics from Linkin Park's 2003 single "Numb" and "Encore" by Jay Z.

The only single released from the album, the track went on to reach number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard also placed the single at number 93 on their Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 2005 chart. Outside the United States, the single peaked at number 14 in the United Kingdom, number five in France and the Netherlands and spent three weeks at number one in Ireland.


Before Mike Shinoda formed Linkin Park in 1996, he was an experimental musician who enjoyed combining songs by Jay-Z with tracks recorded by The Smashing Pumpkins and Nine Inch Nails amongst others.[8] A couple of years later, Jay-Z had a similar idea after hearing similar mash-ups by Danger Mouse and Cheap Cologne. He contacted Shinoda's new band, Linkin Park, and suggested that they work on some material together. Linkin Park's first two albums – Hybrid Theory and Meteora – had both been worldwide successes and Jay-Z felt he could work with the band. Shinoda produced three mash-ups based on Jay-Z's The Black Album before responding by email.[8]

Shinoda and Jay-Z continued to correspond by email but eventually met in person to discuss plans. Initially the idea was to create several mash-ups for a new show premiering on MTV called MTV Ultimate Mash-Ups in 2004. However, instead of simply reconfiguring the tracks, the two artists decided to enter the studio and re-record the raps on top of Shinoda's songs. Some of the musical elements were also altered to create an alternative sound. Both Linkin Park and Jay-Z found the session so rewarding that they believed the international audience deserved to hear the results.[8] The songs were performed at Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood in July 2004.[9]

"Numb/Encore" was released as a single in November that year. The song – one of six collaborations on the album – combined the Jay-Z song "Encore" (taken from his 2003 album The Black Album) and the Linkin Park song "Numb" (taken from their 2003 album Meteora). The released version also contained background vocals from Kanye West that were recorded for the original release.

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States, "Numb/Encore" peaked at number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, where "Numb" had charted higher at number 11. However, "Numb/Encore" didn't manage to have much airplay on modern rock stations, barely hitting the chart at number 40. As of June 2014, the song has sold 2.078 million copies in the US.[10]

In the United Kingdom, "Numb/Encore" achieved the record for the longest stay in the top 20 without ever reaching the top 10. Despite only peaking at number 14[11] – the same peak that "Numb" had achieved 15 months earlier[12] – the song has managed to spend 45[note 1][11] weeks in the top 100, 13 of them in the top 20.[11] It has since cleared 600,000 copies and been certified Platinum. The former record has been beaten by Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours", which spent 60 weeks in the top 100.[13]

Music video[edit]

The official music video was directed by Kimo Proudfoot. It features a mix of Linkin Park and Jay-Z's performance of the song at The Roxy and behind the scenes footage, which was in black and white. The performance and most of the scenes can be found on the Collision Course DVD. However, the music video is not entirely available on the DVD.


"Numb/Encore" won Best Rap/Sung Collaboration at the Grammy Awards of 2006. The show featured a performance of the song, during which Paul McCartney made a surprise appearance and came onto the stage to perform a duet with Chester Bennington of The Beatles' song "Yesterday". "Yesterday" replaced "Numb" after the first rap verse of the mash-up.

Track listing[edit]

CD single
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Numb/Encore" (Explicit) 3:27
2. "Numb/Encore" (Instrumental) 3:26
MTV Ultimate Mashups Presents: Numb / Encore – iTunes EP
No. Title Length
1. "Numb/Encore" (Explicit) 3:25
2. "Numb/Encore" (Clean) 3:25
3. "Numb/Encore" (Instrumental) 3:27
4. "Numb/Encore" (Explicit Acapella) 3:19
5. "Numb/Encore" (Clean Acapella) 3:19
6. "Numb/Encore" (Bonus Beat) 1:42

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ The Official Charts Company states that the single has spent only 45 weeks in the top 75, however watch out as this is for the top 75 only.

External links[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Past Winners Search". The GRAMMYs. 
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  5. ^ "Jay Z's Encore sample of John Holt's I Will – WhoSampled". WhoSampled. 
  6. ^ Al Shipley. "Jay-Z "Encore" (2003) - The Evolution of Kanye West's Production Before "The College Dropout" - Complex". Complex. 
  7. ^ "A Track-By-Track Review Of Jay Z's "The Black Album" Ten Years Later – Global Grind". Global Grind. 
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  29. ^ "Portuguesecharts.com – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb / Encore". AFP Top 100 Singles. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
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  31. ^ [1] Archived October 26, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  32. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2005 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  33. ^ "Canadian single certifications – Jay-Z / Linkin Park – Numb/Encore". Music Canada. 
  34. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Linkin 'Park / Jay-Z; 'Numb / Encore')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
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  36. ^ Copsey, Rob (July 28, 2017). "Linkin Park records dominate this week's Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved July 28, 2017. 
  37. ^ "American single certifications – Jay-Z & Linkin Park – Numb/Encore". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 18, 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH

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