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Album Review

Dr. Dre shifted directions drastically halfway through 1996, leaving Death Row Records and abandoning gangsta rap, claiming that he had "Been There, Done That." So, Dre founded a new record label, Aftermath, and built an artist roster consisting entirely of new, unproven talent. He also decided not to concentrate on rap, signing urban R&B acts as well as hip-hop. Aftermath's initial release was the various-artists compilation Dr. Dre Presents...The Aftermath and one listen proves that Dre wasn't kidding when he said he wasn't interested in gangsta anymore. There are a number of rappers on The Aftermath, even a handful of hardcore rappers, but nothing fits into the standard G-funk template. The true revelation of the album is Dre's skill for urban R&B and soul, all of which sounds fresh and exciting compared to several of the fairly pedestrian hip-hop tracks. Despite the success of these urban productions, none of the actual performers make much of an impact — the tracks are impressive only because they demonstrate Dre's musical versatility and skill. In fact, the two tracks that really stand out — Dre's stately, sexy "Been There Done That" and the powerful "East Coast/West Coast Killas," which features cameos by B-Real, KRS-One, Nas, and RBX — are a combination of terrific production and personality, which is usually what results in great singles. But that doesn't mean that The Aftermath is a washout. Instead, it's a promising fresh start for Dre that is full of potential and enough great music to make it a vital listen.

Customer Reviews

Dre leave Deathrow and starts Aftermath

After Dre left Deathrow records he had to start from scratch. This album is Dre’s first step towards Hiphop dominance with very few recognised artists in his camp he single handily carries the album with pure West Coast bumping beats. This is Classic West Coast Dre at the beginning of the dynasty. I had his back the minute he left Deathrow Records who might as well be Dead Records without him. Although I give it 4 there are tracks where the new artists fail to do The Dr.’s beats justice but that’s the beauty of iTunes being able to preview and download the bangers. On “East Coast/ West Coast” Nas, KRS-1 and B Real feature to provide a classic HipHop entrée. “Been there Done That” need I say more and as for King T he was around before B.I.G. so although he may sound like him he still delivers on “Str8 Gone”. Nowl shows off his unorthodox flow on “Nationowl” and Kim Summerson adds some smooth RnB to Aftermath. But my favourite track has to be “No Second Chance” by Whoz Who, lovely piano intro and harmonies with a catchy hook. How that song didn’t make the charts I don’t know. Hiphop Guru 2006


Top tracks by a hip hop/rapper to date the real dr of music period!!!!!

People hate on this

But I love it! Bad production!!


Born: 18 February 1965 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

More than any other rapper, Dr. Dre was responsible for moving away from the avant-noise and political stance of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions as well as the party vibes of old-school rap. Instead, Dre pioneered gangsta rap and his own variation of the sound, G-funk. While BDP's early albums were hardcore but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, Dre's records with N.W.A. celebrated the hedonistic, amoral side of gang life. Dre was never much of a rapper -- his rhymes were simple and...
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