Like the Badass He'd Always Claimed To Be

Sasha Frere-Jones on Eminem's "Mosh": “The same guy who made his “pee pee go da doing doing doing” produced a sombre but furious jeremiad against President Bush. At last: Eminem was behaving like the badass he’d always claimed to be, taking on somebody his own size in plain view of the Patriot Act. Whatever lip service other musicians have paid to the idea of protest this year, nobody else this popular released a song this angry. A long, gloomy modal melody arcs over the rhymes. The beats are so slow that they tense up rather than deflating. The cartoon people in the video—soldiers, wives left at home—march behind Eminem and his rage: “Strap him with an AK-47 / Let him go fight his own war let him impress daddy that way / No more blood for oil, we got our own battles to fight on our own soil / No more psychological warfare to trick us to thinking that we ain’t loyal.” The video ended with a supertitle on a black screen: “Vote November 2nd.””