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|Promotional single by Eminem from the album Encore|
|Released||October 26, 2004|
|Genre||Political hip hop, hardcore hip hop, rap rock|
|Label||Shady, Aftermath, Interscope|
|Writer||M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope|
|Producer||Dr. Dre, Mark Batson|
|Encore track listing|
"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 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" 
The music video for "Mosh" is entirely animated. The video starts, a scene of a school is appear, and a plane is flying through with a big explosion (referred to 9/11 terrorist events). Inside the classroom, Eminem is reading a book for the children. 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.
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.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic highlighted the song. 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 called the song itself an anomaly. 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). 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." 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."
RapReviews was also unimpressed: "'Mosh' suffers from a similar stigma: a disconcerted, ADD Eminem who can't seem to lock down his lyrics." 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." 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." 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. Shaking Through called this song "political screed." 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."
- CD single
|1.||"Mosh"||M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope||Dr. Dre, Mark Batson||5:18|
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.
|U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles||12|
- , 100 Greatest Rap Songs.
- MOSH VIDEO RE-EDITED, ContactMusic.com, November 30, 2004
- 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