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Album Review

For Cheers, his debut album, Obie Trice had some tough acts to follow. Less than a year earlier, fellow Shady Records signee 50 Cent had released the year's best-selling rap album, and before that, Eminem's burgeoning label had a pair of other multi-platinum, hit-filled releases: his own The Eminem Show and the 8 Mile soundtrack. Chances were, no matter how remarkable his album debut, Trice wasn't going to match the success of his predecessors — not by a long shot. Perhaps that's why he begins his album with "Average Man," a standoffish statement-of-purpose that showcases his humble persona. Trice is certainly no "P.I.M.P." like 50, nor is he so self-important that he lashes out at "White America" like Eminem. He's just an "Average Man," a long-struggling rapper from Detroit who "rose from zero to hope." This theme of urban actualization informs the majority of Cheers: the evolution from nickel-and-dime hustling to big-time rapping ("Here's a toast to never looking back again...this is it, my n****s/This what we boast about," he raps on the title track). Discounting his affiliations, Trice is just another poor dude from the hood with nothing to lose, through and through, and that in itself is novel circa 2003, when innumerable ghetto-fabulous, Pinocchio-nosed rappers made a business of telling tall tales and gloating ad infinitum. Of course, it helps that Trice gets top-shelf productions from Eminem, Dr. Dre, and Timbaland, as well as high-profile features from Em, Dre, 50, Nate Dogg, and Busta Rhymes. Like 50's Get Rich or Die Tryin', which was similarly conceived by the Shady collective, Cheers is such a well-crafted album that it's a worthwhile listen regardless of whether or not you care much for the protagonist himself. Trice is a fine rapper — thoughtful, sincere, gruff, and quick — but perhaps a bit too "average" for casual rap listeners. In fact, you could call him middle-of-the-road: hardcore but not gangsta; swaggering but not big-pimpin'; witty but not hysterical; smart but not brilliant. That's okay, though. It's his persona — he's the Everyman rapper. And besides, his producers more than compensate for his plainness, as does the solidness of his album. Cheers boasts 74 straight minutes of inventive production, original ideas, thought-out lyrics, and straight-up MCing — even if it lacks outright hits à la "In da Club" or "Lose Yourself." So cheers, indeed — to Trice, that is — because his debut is quite an accomplishment and deserves accolade, even if it's not a commercial juggernaut like its fellow Shady releases. [This clean version edits the profanity for those who take offense to such material.]

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For All the Eminem Fans

Eminem sings a verse and the chorus of Lady, the chorus of S**t Hits the Fan, a verse of Outro, and the chorus of Hands On You. Here are the lyrics to the chorus of 3 of the songs: "Lady" [Hook - Eminem {*singing*}] Hey lady, hey darlin', hey baby I'm sorry but I can't be your boyfriend If you toy with my motherf**kin' emotions I'll kill you B***h I'm f**kin' For real I'll make you suffer like I suffered If you f**k me then I'll make you fall in love {*in the background of the hook*} Hey lady, hey lady I don't think you really wanna be my girl (be my girl, be my girl, be my girl) F**kin' with me can be dangerous (dangerous, dangerous) You never know what I really (be like, be like) (be like, be like, I'm your type) (And might make me get a little bit crazy) "Hands On You" [Chorus - Eminem] (Obie Trice) You gon ride for me (you gon ride?) Then I'm gon ride for you (I'm gon ride) If you put your mouth on me (put it on me) I'm a put my mouth on you Together there ain't nothing we can't do (there's nothing) Any problem we can see it through (we see it through) Baby if you promise to be true (you promise?) I will never put my hands on you Come on and think about it "S**t Hits the Fan" [Chorus Eminem] What you gonna do when s**t hits the fan? Are you gonna stand and fight like a man? Will you be as hard as you say you are? Or you gonna run and go get your bodyguard? I said What you gonna do when s**t hits the fan? Are you gonna stand and fight like a man? And show us you're as hard as you say you are? Or you gonna run and go get your bodyguard? THIS REVIEW WAS FOR ALL EMINEM FANS WHO WANT EXTRA EMINEM SONGS!

This Album Is Off the Hook!

You'll know who 50 Cent, and Eminem are right? Well Obie Trice helps to produce 65% of 50, and Em's songs, so you know that he's got a good taste in music, and this album shows that he's got a grip on reality like in his songs Don't come Down, and Never Forget ya. Also just the way his puts words together. Him and Em are unbalievable with that Like in We All Die One Day, S**t Hits The Fan, and Cheers If you like rap, then this is a must have, but look for the dirty version. It's his true lyrics. This man makes the game as good as it is today. Obie Trice... Real Name No Gimmicks!


I like the song Lady, because it has the one and only Slim Shady in it. I also love the whole album for pete sakes! I like Em, D12, Dre, and Obie. They are my favorite rappers of all time.


Born: November 14, 1977 in Detroit, MI

Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Obie Trice went from no one to someone in the rap world quickly when Eminem signed him to Shady Records and executive produced his debut. Born on the west side of Detroit in the Schoolcraft and Greenfield area, Trice began his rap career humbly. He dropped out of Cooley High School in the early '90s and began making ends meet, which wasn't too easy in the cold, abandoned streets of Detroit. His turning point came in 1998 with the birth of his daughter, Kobie. Shortly afterward, he took note of Eminem's...
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