"Ass Like That"
Ass Like That.jpg
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
ReleasedJune 7, 2005
GenreComedy hip hop
Length4:25
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Eminem singles chronology
"Mockingbird"
(2005)
"Ass Like That"
(2005)
"Welcome 2 Detroit"
(2005)
Music video
"Ass Like That" on YouTube

"Ass Like That", also referred to as "A** Like That" in their respective censored forms, is a song by American rapper Eminem from his fifth studio album Encore (2004). It was released as the sixth and final single from the album on June 7, 2005.

Critical reception

Stephen Elerwine of AllMusic wrote: "Eminem is plain-spoken and literal, intent on refuting every critic from Benzino at The Source to Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, who gets an entire song ("Ass Like That") devoted to him."[1] HipHopDX editor J-23 was divided: "'Ass Like That' is gonna be a song you either love or hate. Whatever the case, it sure is surreal to hear him rap an entire song as that Triumph puppet from MTV."[2]

Scott Plagenhoef of Pitchfork was positive: "Em also shines when he spins well off his axis, as he does on ... the R. Kelly/Triumph the Insult Comic Dog-baiting 'Ass Like That'," but he noted that the song sounds like mixtape material.[3] NME magazine was proud, calling the song a "silly, groin-levelled [doodle] that [demonstrates] both producer and rhymer aren't just on autopilot, they're having a nice snooze in the cockpit while the plane plummets towards Earth. Or to put it another way, [this track is] undercooked juvenile shite."[4]

USA Today wrote that "On the lighter side, [Em] name-drops the likes of Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen on 'Ass Like That'."[5] RapReviews noted that "In 'Ass Like That' Slim impersonates Triumph the Insult Comic Dog for three perverse verses of ogling over the Olsen twins and booty bashing Hilary Duff."[6] Josh Love of

Stylus Magazine was negative: "'Ass Like That', Em's 'response' to Triumph, fares better, and actually makes a pretty salient point about Hollywood's fetishization of barely legal starlets, but then you realize that it's AN ANSWER RECORD TO AN AWARDS SHOW BEEF WITH A HAND PUPPET and suddenly you're not even able to make eye contact with the album cover anymore" and he added that it does flash some Eminem's once-patented lyrical venom.[7]

The Austin Chronicle called the song a "demented Bollywood fever dream [that] manages to out-deprave R. Kelly."[8] SPIN said that the song was "so sophomoric that [it borders] on surreal, all syncopated dis-gibberish and loony celebrity-baiting."[9] The New York Times said that the song was "brilliantly insane: Dr. Dre lays some curlicued sitars atop a lazy bass line, while Eminem pays tribute to Hilary Duff and the Olsen Twins, delivering his rhymes in a thick accent that's supposed to be either Triumph the Insult Comic Dog or Arnold Schwarzenegger (apparently, they talk the same)."[10] Slant Magazine called "Ass Like That" "a whole song devoted to Robert Smigel’s Triumph The Insult Comic Dog".[11]

The A.V. Club called it "a track so muddled that it's hard to tell whether it's a song-length putdown of Triumph The Insult Comic Dog or an elaborate backhanded homage. The song backfires spectacularly, because Eminem and Triumph essentially share the same shtick—deflating celebrity egos with barbed wisecracks—and because at this point, Triumph is a lot funnier and more pointed in his putdowns than his human counterpart."[12]

Track listing

Digital Download[13]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ass Like That" (album version) (edited)4:25
2."Business" (live in L.A.)
Dr. Dre2:34
3."Ass like That" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Batson
  • Pope
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo
4:47
Total length:11:46
UK CD Single[14]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ass Like That" (album version) (edited)4:25
2."Business" (live in L.A.)
Dr. Dre2:34
3."Ass like That" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Batson
  • Pope
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo
4:47
4."Ass Like That" (video) (director's cut)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Batson
  • Pope
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo
4:45
Total length:16:31
7" vinyl[15]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Ass Like That" (album version) (edited)4:25
2."Ass Like That" (instrumental)
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Batson
  • Pope
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo
4:47
Total length:9:12

Charts

Certifications

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[35] Gold 35,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[36] Silver 200,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[37] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

References

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  3. ^ Scott Plagenhoef (2004-11-11). "Eminem: Encore Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2016-10-28.
  4. ^ Pete Cashmore (2005-09-12). "Eminem : Encore". NME. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  5. ^ Jones, Steve (November 11, 2014). "Eminem's edgy 'Encore' deserves an ovation". USA Today. Retrieved January 8, 2015.
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  8. ^ Gray, Christopher (2004-11-26). "Eminem: Encore". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
  9. ^ Pappademas, Alex (January 2005). "Good-bye, Yellow Brick Road". SPIN: 95–96. Retrieved 2017-05-05.
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