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Dr Dre – 2001

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2001 is the second studio album by American rapper and producer Dr. Dre. It was released on November 16, 1999, by Interscope Records as the follow-up to his 1992 debut album The Chronic. The record was produced primarily by Dr. Dre and Mel-Man, as well as Lord Finesse, and features several guest contributions from fellow American rappers such as The D.O.C., Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and Eminem. 2001 exhibits an expansion on his debut’s G-funk sound and contains gangsta rap themes such as violence, promiscuity, drug use, street gangs, and crime.

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It’s a movie, with different varieties of situations. So you’ve got buildups, touching moments, aggressive moments. You’ve even got a ‘Pause for Porno.’ It’s got everything that a movie needs.

He also talked of how he did not record the album for club or radio play and that he planned the album simply for entertainment with comical aspects throughout:
I’m not trying to send out any messages or anything with this record. I just basically do hard-core hip-hop and try to add a touch of dark comedy here and there. A lot of times the media just takes this and tries to make it into something else when it’s all entertainment first. You should’t take it too seriously.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine [-] 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.
The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 516,000 copies in its first week. It produced three singles that attained chart success and has been certified sextuple platinum in sales by the RIAA; as of August 2015 the album has sold 7,800,000 copies in the United States. 2001 received mostly positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the music although some found the lyrics objectionable.

 

1. Lolo Intro
2. The Watcher
3. You
4. Still D.R.E.
5. Big Ego’s
1. Xxplosive
2. What’s The Difference
3. Bar One
4. Light Speed
5. Forgot About Dre
6. The Next Episode
1. Let’s Get High
2. Censored
3. The Car Bomb
4. Murder Ink
5. Ed-ucation
6. Some L.A. censored
7. Pause 4 Porno

1. Housewife
2. Ackrite
3. Bang Bang
4. The Message

 

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Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm