Top critical review
Too thrown together, too much new people and not enough Dre.
on April 19, 2001
Dr. Dre's second solo album really fails to impress. Dre relied on too many ghost producers and new, inexperienced rappers to do most of his work on this album. This has got to be the most over-rated album for 1999-2000. Kurupt's The Street's Is A Mutha was a classic and a WAY better album. Yet it only sold about an eighth as much as this did. The Chronic was an undisputed classic, and though it would be unfair to compare Dre nowadays to the way he was then, he could've done much better than this. There are over twenty songs on this album, and only about three to five of them are really good. Hittman was an impressive guest, and the additions of Snoop Dogg and Kurupt were also smart moves. Where was RBX, Warren G, The D.O.C., Daz Dillinger, The Lady Of Rage? Dre "Forgot about them" I guess. Speaking of which "Forgot About Dre" featuring Eminem is a terrible song, it's totally catered for the radio, and MTV teenyboppers, yuck. "Big Ego's" featuring Hittman is a nice song, and "B*tch N*ggaz" featuring Snoop and Hittman is good, Hittman actually disses CJ Mac here and does a pretty good job. "Explosive" was decent, Nate Dogg and Kurupt saved the track, Dre didn't even rap on it. "Let's Get High" with Kurupt was okay because Kurupt saved it again, and "Still Dre" with Snoop was a good track. "Housewife" was good because it's a Kurupt track and Dre remixed it and even this version (different from the one on Kurupt's album) is only good. Overall four or five honestly good songs and the rest was pure filler. Overall if Dre wants to improve he should try actually TAKING PART in the making of his album. But the beats were not good at all on this album. Dre's rapping was average. The only plus was having Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Snoop and Hittman on the album.