Encore was Eminem’s fourth album with Aftermath and contained some pretty good hit songs. However, it was considered, at the time, to be his weakest effort with songs like Ass Like That, Just Lose It and a host of other songs. What made this album worse than the others were the overly simplistic lyrics some critics noted in their reviews. However, were celebrating the past albums of Eminem and since Encore is turning nine years old next week, I had to give you the most interesting facts about it.
• Was released on November 12, 2004, exactly eight years to the day after Infinite was released.
• Encore sold over 710,000 copies on the first three days of its release
• Certified quadruple-platinum by December 2004 after selling 1.5 million copies after the first two weeks.
• Nominated for rap album of the year but lost to Kanye West’s sophomore album, Late Registration.
• On the bonus track We As Americans, even if you bought the explicit version, a line is censored. I don’t rap for dead presidents/ I’d rather see the President dead/ It’s never been said but I set precedents. President dead was censored for obvious reasons.
• Like his previous albums, many of the songs on the clean version of the album were left uncensored including the f-word on One Shot 2 Shot.
• On the Like Toy Soldiers video, rapper Proof is shown taking bullets in a haze of gunfire. In 2006, about a year and a half after Encore, Proof was shoot dead in a club.
• Just Lose It, the lead single from the album generated controversy for portraying Michael Jackson in a negative light. It was even banned from BET at the time due to complaints.
• On Recovery, Eminem makes numerous references to Encore being a bad album. He says it was due to his drug addiction.
• A year after Encore was released, Curtain Call: The Hits was released and included three new songs, Shake That, When I’m Gone and Fack.