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Album Review

The Slim Shady LP announced not only Eminem's arrival, but it established that his producer Dr. Dre was anything but passé, thereby raising expectations for 2001, the long-anticipated sequel to The Chronic. It suggested that 2001 wouldn't simply be recycled Chronic, and, musically speaking, that's more or less true. He's pushed himself hard, finding new variations in the formula by adding ominous strings, soulful vocals, and reggae, resulting in fairly interesting recontextualizations. Padded out to 22 tracks, 2001 isn't as consistent or striking as Slim Shady, but the music is always brimming with character. If only the same could be said about the rappers! Why does a producer as original as Dre work with such pedestrian rappers? Perhaps it's to ensure his control over the project, or to mask his own shortcomings as an MC, but the album suffers considerably as a result. Out of all the other rappers on 2001, only Snoop and Eminem — Dre's two great protégés — have character and while Eminem's jokiness still is unpredictable, Snoop sounds nearly as tired as the second-rate rappers. The only difference is, there's pleasure in hearing Snoop's style, while the rest sound staid. That's the major problem with 2001: lyrically and thematically, it's nothing but gangsta clichés. Scratch that, it's über-gangsta, blown up so large that it feels like a parody. Song after song, there's a never-ending litany of violence, drugs, pussy, bitches, dope, guns, and gangsters. After a full decade of this, it takes real effort to get outraged at this stuff, so chances are, you'll shut out the words and groove along since, sonically, this is first-rate, straight-up gangsta. Still, no matter how much fun you may have, it's hard not to shake the feeling that this is cheap, not lasting, fun.

Customer Reviews

The best album of hip hop

This for me was the one of the greatest hip hop/ rap albums of all time. With artists such as snoop dogg, eminem, mary j, xzibit, nate dogg, ms roq, hittman, dr dre himslef and more.The album includes classics such as still dre, next episode, forgot about dre. The album is dre's best work so far and look forward to the new album coming soon entitled ' Detox' . Even though i had already brought the album when it was released i did not hesistate to purchase it again from i-tunes.

Hip hop essential

This is an essential album to any hip hop fan. My favourite songs are: Still dre Next episode forget about dre Xxplosive (which is under hyped) The watcher wha'ts the diffrence big egos If anything, its true the album suffers from poor lyrics from some of the rappers. Snoop and Eminem stand out so much as the majority of the others aren't anything special. Xzibit also shines, using his typical smart lyrics. If theres one thing I hope improves on Detox would be the lyrics, with 50 cent, the Game, Busta, Eve, Em, Snoop, Stat Quo and others Detox will hopefully get some good lyrics. I hope 50 is in his Get roch or die tryin form, not the Massacre. ANd if Snoop and Em are on top form all Dre has to do is produce some amazing beats...


Absolutley outstanding album. Haven't listened to it for a few years. 100% value for your money.


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. BDP's early albums were hardcore but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with N.W.A. celebrated the hedonistic, amoralistic side of gang life. Dre was never much of a rapper — his rhymes were simple...
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