Like Toy Soldiers

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"Like Toy Soldiers"
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2005
FormatCD single, Digital download
Recorded2004
GenreConscious hip hop
Length4:56
LabelShady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s)M. Mathers, L. Resto, M. Dawson, M. J. Margules
ProducerEminem, Luis Resto
CertificationGold (ARIA)
Gold (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Encore"
(2004)
"Like Toy Soldiers"
(2005)
"Mockingbird"
(2005)
 
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"Like Toy Soldiers"
Single by Eminem
from the album Encore
ReleasedJanuary 25, 2005
FormatCD single, Digital download
Recorded2004
GenreConscious hip hop
Length4:56
LabelShady, Aftermath, Interscope
Writer(s)M. Mathers, L. Resto, M. Dawson, M. J. Margules
ProducerEminem, Luis Resto
CertificationGold (ARIA)
Gold (RIAA)
Eminem singles chronology
"Encore"
(2004)
"Like Toy Soldiers"
(2005)
"Mockingbird"
(2005)

"Like Toy Soldiers" is a song by American rapper Eminem. It is the third single from his fifth album Encore. The song samples Martika's 1989 Billboard hit song "Toy Soldiers" and features interpolations from the main title theme from the 1972 film The Hot Rock. The song peaked at number thirty-four on the Billboard Hot 100 in February 2005, number one in the United Kingdom and the top ten in many other European countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Contents

Content[edit]

"Like Toy Soldiers" tells the story of Eminem's attempts to calm a violent community of rappers. Eminem speaks openly about problems with The Source magazine and its editor Benzino, as well as the situation between 50 Cent and Ja Rule and his label Murder Inc., which Eminem felt went far beyond the Jay-Z–Nas feud.[1] The song finishes as Eminem offers a truce to his enemies. In addition, this song also reveals that Eminem had tried to stop Ja Rule & 50 Cent's feud, but lost it when he heard Ja Rule making fun of his daughter on a track called "Loose Change" - ("The Ja Shit, I tried to squash it, It was too late to stop it, There's a certain line you just don't cross and he crossed it, I heard him say Hailie's name in his song and I just lost it"). In the song Ja Rule says Eminem claims his then ex-wife is "a known slut" and his mother "a crackhead", and then asks him "so what's Hailie gonna be when she grows up?".[2] "Like Toy Soldiers" was later included on Eminem's compilation album Curtain Call: The Hits in 2005. Throughout his career, Eminem, at most, only alludes to Suge Knight, completing a line in this song, "my intentions were good, I went through my whole career without ever mentioning -." Styles P used the instrumental version in his song "Soldiers Song", in 2005.[1]

Music video[edit]

Released in early 2005, the song's video starts with two young boys, one who is white and one who is black, reading a book called "Toy Soldiers," which contains the lyrics of this song. It begins at the hospital where Eminem and other rappers are watching, in despair, the doctors trying to save Proof. Then Eminem is seen in a series of scenes rapping the song in a deserted alleyway. Then, it goes through a series of scenes showing the various feuds mentioned in this song. They include seeing the news, rappers battling in studios, and street encounters. Near the end, Eminem stands shocked seeing the shooting of Bugz. It switches back to the hospital, where Proof dies and finishes at his funeral, which has a choir in which the black kid and the white kid from when Martika starts to sing. Cameo appearances in the video include 50 Cent, Luis Resto, Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, and D12. Deceased rappers 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., Big L, and Bugz are also shown at the end of the music video to show the fatal consequences of rap wars. The music video received a #VEVOCertified on November 26,2012. As of June 4, 2013, the video reached more than 115 million views on YouTube

Track listing[edit]

Digital Download[3]
No.TitleLength
1."Like Toy Soldiers"  4:56
2."Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix)3:30
Total length:
8:26
Digital EP[4]
No.TitleLength
1."Like Toy Soldiers"  4:56
2."Rabbit Run" (Soundtrack Version)3:10
3."Like Toy Soldiers" (Instrumental)4:43
Total length:
12:09
UK CD1[5]
No.TitleLength
1."Like Toy Soldiers"  4:56
2."Rabbit Run" (Soundtrack Version)3:10
Total length:
8:06
UK CD2[6]
No.TitleLength
1."Like Toy Soldiers"  4:56
2."Rabbit Run" (Soundtrack Version)3:10
3."Like Toy Soldiers" (Instrumental)4:43
4."Like Toy Soldiers" (Music Video)4:56
Total length:
17:05
UK DVD[7]
No.TitleLength
3."Like Toy Soldiers" (Music Video)4:56
4."Like Toy Soldiers" (Making of the Video)3:00
Total length:
7:56
German CD Single[8]
No.TitleLength
1."Like Toy Soldiers"  4:56
2."Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix)3:10
3."Like Toy Soldiers" (Instrumental)4:43
4."Like Toy Soldiers" (Music Video)4:56
Total length:
17:25
UK CD2[9]
No.TitleLength
1."Like Toy Soldiers"  4:56
2."Just Lose It" (DJ Green Lantern Remix)3:30
Total length:
8:26

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004–05)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[10]4
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[11]8
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[12]11
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[13]18
Denmark (Tracklisten)[14]2
Eurochart Hot 100 (Billboard)[15]1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[16]15
France (SNEP)[17]34
Germany (Media Control AG)[18]8
Hungary (Mahasz)[19]6
Ireland (IRMA)[20]3
Italy (FIMI)[21]8
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[22]7
New Zealand (RIANZ)[23]2
Norway (VG-lista)[24]4
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[25]14
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[26]3
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[27]1
US Billboard Hot 100[28]34
US Pop Songs (Billboard)[29]24
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[30]64
US Pop 100 (Billboard)[31]24

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=5606
  2. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1471038/ja-rule-calls-50-loose-change.jhtml
  3. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/like-toy-soldiers-single/id41973990
  4. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/like-toy-soldiers-ep/id42283170
  5. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Toy-Soldiers-CD-2/dp/B00076NY8C/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332669043&sr=1-1
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Toy-Soldiers-CD-1/dp/B00076NY82/ref=sr_1_3?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332669043&sr=1-3
  7. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Toy-Soldiers-DVD-Eminem/dp/B00076NYHS/ref=sr_1_5?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332669043&sr=1-5
  8. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Toy-Soldiers-Eminem/dp/B0006Z1ZEO/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332669043&sr=1-2
  9. ^ http://www.amazon.co.uk/Like-Toy-Soldiers-Pock-It/dp/B0006Z1ZEY/ref=sr_1_6?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1332669043&sr=1-6
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  14. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers". danishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  15. ^ "Eminem Album & Song Chart History: European Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  16. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers". finnishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  17. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers" (in French). lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chartverfolgung / Eminem / Single" (in German). musicline.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  19. ^ "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége" (in Hungarian). mahasz.hu. Mahasz. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
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  21. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers". italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  22. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 6, 2005" (in Dutch). top40.nl. Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  23. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  24. ^ "Eminem - Lose Yourself". norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  25. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  26. ^ "Eminem - Like Toy Soldiers" (in German). hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  27. ^ "Eminem" (select "View Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  28. ^ "Eminem Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  29. ^ "Eminem Album & Song Chart History: Pop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  30. ^ "Eminem Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 
  31. ^ "Eminem > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 7 August 2011. 

External links[edit]

"Like Toy Soldiers" Official Music Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lexLAjh8fPA&feature=related