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Editors’ Notes

Encore closes a six-year period in which Eminem was the most popular, powerful, and controversial rapper in the world. Over the course of his first three albums he allowed his split personalities to run wild, and on Encore one can feel an undercurrent of exhaustion, and even cynicism. “Like Toy Soldiers” looks at the senselessness of Em’s feuds with Source magazine owner Benzino and Murder Inc. crew: “And even though the battle is won I feel like we lost it / I spent so much energy on it, honestly I'm exhausted / And I'm so caught in it, I almost feel I'm the one who caused it / This ain't what I'm in hip-hop for, it's not why I got in it.” Songs like “Rain Man,” “Just Lose It,” “My 1st Single,” and “A*s Like That” capture the irreverent insight and trademark mischief that made Slim Shady a star, but this feels like a farewell to the persona Eminem spent years building. As he prepares to cede the spotlight, Eminem leaves to his legion of fans two parting messages: an autobiography traced through music (“Yellow Brick Road”) and a final call to future rebellion (“Mosh”).

Customer Reviews

Em is back

Like its procedure, Encore is a very deep album, and if you just look at the hits, you're missing the boat. Lets start from the top. First of all comes Evil Deeds, which starts out sounding like a "Drop it like its Hot" parody, but ends up being a fairly serious song. Never Enough following in the footsteps of "Till I Colapse" and "Drug Ballad" from previous albums with Eminems lyrical conspets being almost overwelming, until the second verse when 50 Cent chimes in with his catchy flow. The next two songs (Yellow Brick Road, which clears up some old mistakes he made and more of his background, and Like Toy Soldiers, which tells of his rap battles with Ja Rule and Benzino, who both made swipes at the star) are both good, solid songs, both talking about serious issues in Em's life. This album is also quite funny, with songs like Puke, Rain Man, Big Weenie, A*s Like That (which is dedicated to Triumph the Insult Dog), and Just Lose It. Ah, Just Lose It, the Micheal Jackson song, which following in the footsteps of My Name Is, The Real Slim Shady, and Without Me as humorous party songs. Encore, the final track featuring Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, as also a good song to listen to in the club or at school dances. Mockingbird is Ems next song dedicated to Halie, his young daughter, and here he is about as kind to Kim (his ex-wife) as he will probably get. But the most powerful song on the album is the anti-Bush song Mosh, and athough the election is long over, his words still ring with meaning. All and all, this is a good album, better than the Marshall Mathers LP, but not quite as good as The Eminem Show before it.

Eminem Is Back.

Although not as good as his previous CD's, this CD is still great. These are the 5 best songs (not in any order): - Encore (feat. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent) A great beat. Even though the lyrics might not be special, it's a great party song and one of my favorites. Buy it. - Mockingbird It has great lyrics about his daughter and personal life. It blew me away. - Just Lose It A joking song that made me laugh. It's one of the hits. - Mosh Serious song about the president. Like Toy Soldiers Another serious song. Also great - A-- Like That - Puke - Evil Deeds - Crazy In Love Even though this isn't as amazing as his other CD's, it's still Eminem. P.S. Please don't retire


Wow. I'm amazed to see what good work eminem has put into his albums. I listen to Mockingbird everyday, and it seriously makes me almost cry. That is the only song that does this to me. I advise this album to everyone.


Born: October 17, 1972 in St. Joseph, MO

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

To call Eminem hip-hop's Elvis is correct to a degree, but it's largely inaccurate. Certainly, Eminem was the first white rapper since the Beastie Boys to garner both sales and critical respect, but his impact exceeded this confining distinction. On sheer verbal skills, Eminem was one of the greatest MCs of his generation -- rapid, fluid, dexterous, and unpredictable, as capable of pulling off long-form narrative as he was delivering a withering aside -- and thanks to his mentor Dr. Dre, he had music...
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