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Studio album by Eminem
Released November 12, 2004
Recorded 2002–2004
Genre Gangsta Rap, Midwest hip hop, hardcore hip hop
Length 76:40
Label Aftermath, Goliath, Interscope, Shady, Web
Producer Dr. Dre (exec.)
Eminem, Luis Resto, Mike Elizondo, Mark Batson
Professional reviews
Eminem chronology
The Eminem Show
Shady Collector's Edition cover
Singles from Encore
  1. "Just Lose It"
    Released: September 28, 2004
  2. "Mosh"
    Released: October 26, 2004
  3. "Encore"
    Released: November 9, 2004
  4. "Like Toy Soldiers"
    Released: January 24, 2005
  5. "Mockingbird"
    Released: April 25, 2005
  6. "Ass Like That"
    Released: June 7, 2005

Encore is the fifth studio album by American rapper Eminem. It was set for release on November 16, 2004, but was moved up to November 12, after the album was leaked to the Internet. Encore sold 760,000 copies in its shortened three day opening week and claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Top 200. The album sold 1,835,000 copies in its first two weeks of release in the United States in November, 2004.[1][2] Worldwide sales of the album stand at 11 million copies, with 5.1 million being sold in the United States alone.[3]


Censored version

On the release date of the album, a censored version was released, that edited the profanities, violent and sexual content, as well the drug references from the album, and album booklet, there were different lyrics on the songs "Puke", "My 1st Single" and "Just Lose It", while all the profanities on all other songs were just blanked out, the clean version also had the bonus disc with it too. Also the song "Ass Like That" is listed as "A** Like That" on the clean version. The song 'Encore / Curtains Down' took out the shooting sequence that appears at the end of the track. Also, on the track 'One Shot 2 Shot' the intro to the song is completely wiped and the censored version starts out right at the first chorus.


This is the only Eminem album that does not include a Steve Berman skit or a Ken Kaniff skit (besides Infinite). However, both characters reappeared on Eminem's recent studio album Relapse, which included a Steve Berman skit appearing as its own track while the Ken Kaniff skit appears following the end of the song 'Underground' as a hidden skit. This also the first Eminem major label album to not feature Dina Rae on Track 13.

The copy of the song "We as Americans" was the source of controversy when, as an unreleased bootleg it circulated with the lyrics "Fuck money, I don't rap for dead presidents. I'd rather see the president dead." Eminem was investigated by the Secret Service[4] (referenced in the video for his song "Mosh" as one of the news clips on the wall). These lyrics were censored on the bonus disc.

Despite being viewed by many critics as Eminem's weakest album in terms of quality, three songs from the album were eventually included on Eminem's compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits; Mockingbird, Just Lose It, and Like Toy Soldiers.


The album was nominated for 3 grammys at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, but it did not win any:

Despite the commercial success of the album, it has been subject to some criticism amongst critics and fans alike for its tone and greatly simplified lyricism compared to Eminem's past albums. Conversely, in terms of controversy, this album attracted less notoriety than previous Eminem albums due to the fact that shock-oriented lyrics were toned down somewhat in favor of a lighter approach than Eminem's previous three albums. However, the album did provoke some controversy over anti-Bush lyrics and lyrics that made fun of Michael Jackson, who complained about Eminem's depiction of him in the video for "Just Lose It".

He stated that around the time Encore was being made he became addicted to prescription drugs. With decreased focus, he produced an album which has been the subject of criticism by many fans, who consider it his least prolific effort.

Track listing

Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Curtains Up" (skit)     0:47
2. "Evil Deeds"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre 4:20
3. "Never Enough" (feat. Nate Dogg & 50 Cent) M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, C. Jackson, N. Hale Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 2:40
4. "Yellow Brick Road"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King Eminem, Luis Resto 5:46
5. "Like Toy Soldiers"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, M. Dawson, M. J. Margules Eminem, Luis Resto 4:57
6. "Mosh"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 5:18
7. "Puke"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King, B. May Eminem, Luis Resto 4:08
8. "My 1st Single"   M. Mathers, L. Resto Eminem, Luis Resto 5:03
9. "Paul" (skit)     0:32
10. "Rain Man"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre 5:14
11. "Big Weenie"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre 4:27
12. "Em Calls Paul" (skit)     1:12
13. "Just Lose It"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 4:09
14. "Ass Like That"   M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 4:26
15. "Spend Some Time" (feat. Obie Trice, Stat Quo & 50 Cent) M. Mathers, L. Resto, O. Trice, S. Benton, C. Jackson, S. King, G. Write Eminem, Luis Resto 5:11
16. "Mockingbird"   M. Mathers, L. Resto Eminem, Luis Resto 4:11
17. "Crazy in Love"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, A. Wilson, N. Wilson, R. Fisher Eminem, Luis Resto 4:02
18. "One Shot 2 Shot" (feat. D12) M. Mathers, L. Resto, O. Moore, V. Carlisle, D. Porter, R. Johnson Eminem, Luis Resto 4:27
19. "Final Thought" (skit)     0:30
20. "Encore/Curtains Down" (feat. Dr. Dre & 50 Cent) M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, M. Batson, C. Pope, C. Jackson Dr. Dre, Mark Batson 5:48
Bonus disc
Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "We as Americans"   M. Mathers, L. Resto Eminem, Luis Resto 4:36
2. "Love You More"   M. Mathers, L. Resto Eminem, Luis Resto 4:44
3. "Ricky Ticky Toc"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King Eminem, Luis Resto 2:53


Musical personnel

  • Mike Elizondokeyboards on tracks 2, 3, 6, 10, 11, 13, 14 and 20; guitar on tracks 6, 11, 13 and 20; sitar on track 14
  • Steve King – guitar on tracks 4, 5, 7, 15, 17 and 18; bass on tracks 4, 5, 7 and 17; mandolin on track 4; keyboards on track 11
  • Luis Resto – keyboards on tracks 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 20
  • Mark Batson – keyboards on tracks 2, 6, 10, 11, 13 and 20; bass on track 14
  • Che Vicious – programming on track 20

Singles and chart positions

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 UK Top 40 Hot Rap Singles Rhythmic Top 40 Top 40 Mainstream Top 40 Tracks
2004 "Just Lose It" #6 #1 #7 #3 #5 #4
2004 "Encore" #25 - #20 #15 #19 #13
2005 "Like Toy Soldiers" #34 #1 - #33 #24 #35
2005 "Mockingbird" #11 #4 #10 #6 #6 #10
2005 "Ass Like That" #60 #4 - #29 - -


Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 1
Austrian Albums Chart 1
Belgium Albums Chart 1
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Czech Republic Albums Chart 1
Danish Albums Chart 1
Dutch Albums Chart 1
Finnish Albums Chart 2
French Albums Chart 1
German Albums Chart 1
Greek Albums Chart 2
Hungarian Albums Chart 3
Irish Albums Chart 1
Israel Albums Chart 2
Italian Albums Chart 1
Japanese Albums Chart 1
Korean International Albums Chart 1
Mexico Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 1
Polish Albums Chart 1
Russian Albums Chart 3
Slovenian Albums Chart 2
Spanish Albums Chart 3
Swedish Albums Chart 3
Swiss Albums Chart 2
Taiwanese Albums Chart 1
UK Albums Chart 1
U.S. Billboard 200 1


Preceded by
Now 17 by Various Artists
Loyal to the Game by 2Pac
Billboard 200 number-one album
November 21, 2004 – December 4, 2004
January 2, 2005 – January 15, 2005
Succeeded by
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2
American Idiot by Green Day
Preceded by
Il Divo by Il Divo
UK number one album
November 20, 2004 – December 3, 2004
Succeeded by
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2
Preceded by
Mistaken Identity by Delta Goodrem
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
November 22, 2004 – November 28, 2004
Succeeded by
How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb by U2

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