on July 4, 2004
I consider myself to have a wide variety of musical tastes. I like Bob Marley, The Clash, Rancid, the musical "Rent" as well as the soundtrack for Oh Brother Where Art Thou. Point is, if I like music, I don't try to hide it. N.W.A.'s "Straight Outta Compton" was the first rap album I bought, when I was in 7th grade. I got really into the N.W.A. family, regardless of feuds and such, who was more popular or not. I was big into oldschool rap for awhile, not really giving the new school a chance, as I could hear it on the radio and it jsut wasnt the same as the good old school stuff.
Public Enemy, Run D.M.C., Wu Tang, N.W.A., and then the solo's from all Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr Dre and MC Ren were all great. I loved Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" so much, that I picked this up from eBay for $6, and it changed my views on new school rap. As I've said, I own albums of Bob Marley, The Clash, Rancid, Korn, Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sex Pistols,...a wide variety. This album is just so honest and personal that you can't not like it. The beats are sick as well, but I like the whole family aspect of Dr Dre best. He brought Snoop Dogg into the industry, and he revolutionized rap with The Chronic, as well as Straight Outta Compton, and now, a 3rd time, with 2001.
Friends of his died, Eazy-E, Tupac... this CD is a tribute to them. Best CD in existance
on May 21, 2004
I was shocked when someone gave this CD the worst review then said to get Eazy E... i like Eazy E too but the point is that Dre made Eazy E famous in the first place... this album is one of those CDs you can just put in and listen to and rap along to even if its the first time you've heard the song. Eminem and Dre in "Forgot About Dre" are the perfect combination, followed by the next track "The Next Episode" a great classic. Dre is the master of beats and although some lyrics are slow in a few verses they still flow evenly with the beat and prove a point...
My Favorite tracks are:
The Watcher (like how eminem did the chorus and dres rhymes just mix perfectly with his beats)
Still DRE (just a great song)
Forgot About Dre (know the song by heart and the beat is a masterpiece. eminems speed and perfect rhyme scheme make it excelent. my fav dre verses are in this song dre definatly shows full talent in this one)
The Next Episode (great beat awsome finish on this one, snoop and dre def hav great verses... just a classic to rap along to)
One more thing, i love Kurrupts verses i think hes got alot of skills but just not the full fame he deserves, would like to see more of him in the future along with his little brother Roscoe that released his album "Philaphornia" which i think was awsome and one of my best buys.
Definatly get this album not only does it show the rapper that started this game it shows the tru talent of many other artists out there.
on May 16, 2004
Though Eminem's debut THE SLIM SHADY LP was incredibly witty and funny and gave some hints of greater things to come, the real sign that good, real hardcore hip-hop was coming back was this: Dre's awesome, criminally underrated sequel to THE CHRONIC. In this album, Dre accomplishes too many things to list: He let's Death Row-loving haters know he's still the same old Dre in "Still D.R.E.", he reunites with his legendary sidekick Snoop Dogg (who does his best post-DOGGYSTYLE work in the banging "F!#% You" and "The Next Episode"), makes it clear he still loves to have his sidekicks make you "forget about dre" (Eminem's verses in that song and "What's The Difference" are among his illest and most quotable lyrics ever), let's a bunch of supporting mc's get their chance to rip the mic for a couple of minutes in tracks like "Housewife" and "Bang Bang", breaks the gangsta mood at the end of the album to deliver a deep and heartfelt eulogy to his murdered younger brother with the help of Mary J. Blige's hallmark vocals in "The Message", and, throughout THE WHOLE ALBUMm with kickass beat after kickass beat proves why he is almost unanimously accepted as The Greatest Hip-Hop Producer Of All-Time, regardless how much time had passed between "The Chronic" and this album.
on December 16, 2003
The greatest thing about this CD are the many different rappers featured, nearly every song features somebody, that's amazing. I won't even name everyone, but you must know that's a great thing about the CD.
"The Watcher" tells us about how time flows in rap business, "F*** You" is a sexual song featuring Snoop Dogg and Devin The Dude, "Still D.R.E." tells us he hasn't changed since The Chronic CD, "What's The Difference" features Eminem and XZibit, the lyrics don't tell much, but it's a great song. "Forgot About Dre", featuring Eminem, has one of the best lyrics of this CD, "The Next Episode" features old friend Snoop Dogg, no need to say they both kick ass, "Let's Get High" is hot, "B**** N****" tells us a little about people in the streets, wrong people. Every track in here is highly enjoyable, but the best ones are above.
This CD has the Clean and the Instrumental version too, but the explicit one is obviously the best. Clean rap CDs aren't rap, you loose so many things during the Clean process...
Overall, this is one of the 10 best rap CDs ever, a must for any music fan, absolutely worth your money. Great beats, great lyrics. That makes a great CD.
on October 23, 2003
Here's what pisses me off: People (mostly pop fans) calling this album "2001", or "Dr. Dre 2001". What the hell? It's "Chronic 2001"!! Come on peeps. I mean, even Amazon named it "2001". Damn, how I really fu* king hate novices of rap.
Anyways... let's get down to the review.
¡°Things just ain¡¯t the same for gangstas, times is changing, young ni** az is agin'...¡±
That is how Dr. Dre begins his highly anticipated album. This represents the more contemplative side that this album brings. The Watcher serves as a fitting intro to the new Dr. Dre. He¡¯s still cool, but he¡¯s thinking more now.
I wasn¡¯t sure if I was buying the new Dre when I first got Chronic 2001. Of course I was sure I would love it, for it was the artist who released "The Chronic" back in '92. It turned out that he really takes a lot risks on 2001, and that most of them pay big dividends and sound awesome.
That said, ¡°Still D.R.E.¡± really is the best song on the album. It creates the same magical feelings that "Let Me Ride", "Nuthin' But A G Thang", and "Dre Day" did and still do. It just makes you bob your head and feel him. It¡¯s such a relief! Whatever has happened in 10 years, he is still Dr. Dre. When I heard this song on MTV before the album was released, I almost broke down and cried. It's so well done and perfect. It¡¯s Dre circa 1991. It's so not Jay-Z and Ja Rule. He's representin' for the gangstas all across the world - flat out.
The next time the album hits rare air is "What¡¯s the Difference". There are good songs in between but this is the next time Dre strikes gold, or should I say, platinum. Dre gives a nod to the classic Renzo in a Benzo line, and the song just takes off from there. Dre is real, Em is insane and crazy, and X to the Z is hard core. It¡¯s a great blend with a nice edge and a somewhat bouncy beat.
"Forgot About Dre" is also very good. Dre spits some real sh *t. It's also the second appearance of Eminem. Em does what Dre tells him to do, and he pulls it off very well. The orchestra beat and the weird keyboard sound awesome, too. ¡°The Next Episode¡± completes the cycle of top shelf songs. Wow, it truly is the next episode. Dre and Snoop put on a clinic and it is a beautiful experience. My only complaint is that it¡¯s too short. We need another verse here. I won¡¯t dwell on it, because the song is as good and pure as rap music gets. Also, I have to give a nod to Nate Dogg here. Any rap song can be improved with a dash of Nate Dogg.
The downside of this album is that the second half of the album is remarkably weaker than the first. You can probably tell that by realizing that all of album's singles are pulled from first half. HOWEVER, don't get me wrong - I don't skip any tracks. It's just that the first half is SO great and classic that it's hard for even Dre to keep that through 22 tracks.
Overall, the second real Dr. Dre album is a success. It has a lot of good songs, and a few CLASSIC songs. Although this album is not as great and magical as its predecessor "The Chronic", it's sinfully close. He truly is still the Dre we all know and love.
The bottom line? If you don't own this album, you need to get your head checked - this belongs to Hall of Fame of top 20 rap albums EVER.
on October 11, 2003
Hell Yeah!!! Dr. Dre is my favorite Rapper and Producer!!!
His Rap is Nice[okay, I know he is not the best but I love him anyway!]
but I'm fu*kin' sure that he is the best Producer EVER!!!
He can Produce Ton of DOPE BEAT!
One of the most important artist in Rap Biz!!!
Dr. Dre First album Chronic is no doubt a TIMELESS CLASSIC, it's a classic whenever you hear it!
and this one, 2001, is another CLASSIC!!!!
Start with a Intro "Lolo"
"The Watcher" Dre let you know that he is The Watcher of this Rap Game! Great Lyrics and Great Beat! 4.5/5
"FXXX YOU" a song talk about Hoes, nothing special but worth listen anyway! 3.5/5
"Still D.R.E." One of da Best in this album! DOPE BEAT featuring Snoop Dogg sing the Hook! 5/5
"Big Ego's" I think this is not a bad song, but after listen this album couple times, I start to skip this one! 3/5
"XXplosive" this one without Dre Raps, but featuring a guy called Hittman! [He even raps more than Dre in this album, not a bad rapper!] The Beat is Simply but extremely GREAT! DOPE and BANGIN' One!!! 4.5/5
"What's The Difference" Featuring Xzibit and Eminem, all guys drop a GREAT verse in here and the BEAT is one of the best in this album! 4.5/5
"Light Speed" Not really a GREAT song but I like this one personally 'cause I love the beat and the outer space-like sample! The beat is DOPE!!! 4.5/5
"Forget About Dre" THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG!!! featuring Eminem, DRE drop two verse in here which is EXTREMELY GREAT! I really love this song and Always rap along when I hear this one PLUS THE BEAT is DOPE as fu*k!!! 5/5
"The Next Episode" another my FAVORITE, one of the best Beat I ever hear! featuring Snoop D.O. double G and Nate Dogg!
"Let's Get High" seems many guys like this one but I'm not! 3/5
"Bit*h Ni__a" um, another DOPE BEAT featuring Snoop, six-two and Hittman! nice one! 4.5/5
"Murder Ink" that Hittman verse with voice effect is really agony and the Chorus keep yellin' MURDERER is agony too! don't like this one! 3/5
"ED-UCATION" the BEST SKIT I EVER HEAR! I always skip skit but I never skip this one, this one is REALLY Great and Humor plus the background music is great at the same fu*kin' time! 5/5
"SOME L.A. Ni__a" this one is nice too, another Simply but Great beat, featurin' MC REN BUT He Haven't drop a verse in here which is TOO bad!!! 4/5
"Housewife" Great Music, Great Bass Line with Funky Guitar Sample, Nice Chorus 2!!! 4.5/5
"Ackrite" this one is Hittman Solo, a good one! 4/5
"Bang Bang" THE BEAT IS GREAT! THE CHORUS IS GREAT! one of my favorite! 4.5/5
"The Message" The Last song featuring Mary J. Blige, a sad song about Dre lost one of his Hommie! 4/5
A MUST HAVE!!!!!
If you said you are Rap Fan and you haven't get this,
you're jokin' with me muthafu*ka!!!!
on September 28, 2003
Dr Dre, one of the most influential figures the rap industry for the past decade has unleashed a masterpiece that rivals "The Chronic" as one of the greatest rap albums ever put together. Dre brings out a host of guests onto this collaberation, such as Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, Hittman, Kurupt, Eminem, Knoc-turn'al, and a nice visit by Mary J Blige in "The Message." This amazing cast really brings the album to life, with Dre's simple yet amazingly deep beats truly make this album a classic.
This album is so deep it is incredible. 22 tracks make up the mammoth of a project, with a few interludes scattered here and there. Besides the unnecessary "Pause 4 Porno," they are all relevant and really express on the gangsta theme that is somewhat lightened up from "The Chronic." No filler songs are present, as they are all of extremely high-quality. It is a testament to how much work was put into this when it could be said that the album would still be a great album even without the top 5 songs on it. Amazing job by Dre.
Top 5 Songs:
1) Still Dre (featuring Snoop Dogg)
2) The Next Episode (featuring Snoop Dogg)
3) Forgot About Dre (featuring Eminem)
4) Let's Get High (featuring Hittman, Kurupt, and Ms Roq)
5) What's The Difference (featuring Eminem and Xzibit)
All in all, an incredibly feat brought forth by one of rap's all time greatest. Dre has created a masterpiece, one that will stay in the halls of rap's finest.
on July 21, 2003
After Dr. Dre dropped the sorry presents album he came back with an attitude with hot fire guests like Snoop, Em, Kurupt, Hittman, Six-Two, Xzibit, Ms. Roq, Knoc-Turn'al, Mary J. Blige, Rell,MC Ren, Time Bomb and Nate Dogg this album but Dre back in to the game. I loved this album all of the songs were perfectly produced but I'm not saying it to be on his nuts but he is the best producer out there. The Intro bought the low riders back in style. The Watcher brought back his Death Row gangsta image from 1995. F_ You was one of those songs that you could do a lot of things with and Devin made a good appearance. Still Dre bought his clean image out from the sequel to nuthin' but a G thang. Big Ego's with Hittman and a funny a_ interlude told about how the Ego gets you killed Xxplosive which was Royce Da 5'9"s written song was another 1992 sound. What's the differnce bought a millenium sound 2 it and Em was crazy in that song. Bar One was a funny skit. Light Speed was one of the tracks that you could've put Biggie on. It had a Bad Boy 2 it. Forgot about Dre was a fast paced song for 2000 which really put EMinem on the map. The Next Episode Pt. 2 was tighter than the original verson that was cut from Doggystyle. Let's Get High bought a little back from the Chronic 1. B_ N_s was one of Dre's hard songs off a touchy beat. The Car Bomb a stupid skit. Murder Ink bought back memories of N.W.A. Ed-Ucation Eddie Griffin made me pee my pants laughing. Some L.A. N_s was hot but MC Ren should've flowed. Pause 4 Porno speaks for itself. Housewife a boring track but hot with a tight interlude. Ackrite Hittman's solo put him down. Bang Bang also bought back N.W.A. days. The Message a great deep song. Dre has so much to look forward to he's gonna die a producer He's got an album Detox with Eminem, 50 Cent on over half the tracks, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., and Eve. Don't expect 2 see Kurupt and possibly Obie Trice, Jay-z Rakim and Truth Hurts., Also an N.W.A. album (hopefully). I hope u sign Ice Cube 2 Aftermath!, 1
on July 5, 2003
2001 was a perfect comeback to Dr. Dre's The Chronic(1993). T here was not a track on this CD that was not worth of Aftermath. Songs like The Watcher and Still DRE have the funky G funk that dre is know for. And the Timbgaland like Forgot About Dre makes way for Eminem who KILLS on the hook and on his verse. B**** N***** exposes us to The D.O.C.(the longlost member of NWA)'s protege, Six-Two. Some L.A. N***** is a fabolous track which lets the world meet some more westcoast heros such as Defari, Knoc-turn'al, and King T. The murderous Murder Ink tells of a murder, inronically featuring Hittman. Let's Get H*** talk about doing drugs and getting high. The beats are well produce and the lyrics are well thought out and well delivered. Overall I Give This Album a 5.
Track Name Rating
1. Lolo feat. Xzibit & Tray-Dee 3
2. The Watcher 5
3. F*** You feat. Devin The Dude 3
4. Still DRE feat. Snoop Dogg 5
5. Big Egos feat. Hittman 3
6. XXplosive feat. Hittman, Kurrupt, Nate Dogg & Six-Two 3.5
7. What's the Difference feat. Xzibit & Eminem 4.5
8. Bar One feat. Traci Nelson, Ms. Roq and Eddie Griffin 2.5
9. Lightspeed feat. Hittman 3
10. Forgot About Dre feat. Eminem 5
11. The Next Episode feat. Snoop & Nate Dogg 5
12. Let's Get H*** feat. Ms. Roq & Hittman 4.5
13. B**** N***** feat. Snoop Dogg, Hittman & Six-Two 3
14. The Car Bomb feat. Mel-Man & Charis Henry 3.5
15. Murder Ink feat Hittman & Ms Roq 4.5
16. Ed-Ucation feat. Eddie Griffin 5
17. Some L.A. N***** feat. Defari,King T,Timebomb,MCRen, 5
Knoc-tur'al & Kokane
18. Pause 4 P**** feat. Jack Steed 3
19. Housewife feat. Kurrupt & Hittman 3
20. Ackrite feat. Hittman 4
21. Bang, Bang feat. Knoc-turn'al & Hittman 4.5
22. The Message feat. Mary J. Blige & Rell 4
on June 12, 2003
Dre, like his former partner Ice Cube, is able to do what many gangster rappers are not and that is evolve. I have never heard a Dre production that sounded like he was following a trend. Instead, almost always dre is creating the trends with his musical style and even the directional input that he provides on the content of the lyrics. 2001 represents a more mature, introspective Dre, and while still carrying much of his original gangsta flavor, adds more by way of thought and content. It's ironic that the man who brought gangster rap to its epitome would be the one walk away from it, thus creating yet another direction for other rappers to follow.
Unlike many of the "Original Gangsters" who played themselves out by trying to over-sell their hardness to audiences. Dre does the exact opposite by playing the role of an OG who looks back on this past and looks forward on his career. That coupled with Dre's smooth attitude and the impressionable appearances of Snoop, Nate, XYZbit, Em, and even MC Ren makes the album a linear musical experience that carries you from beginning to end.
Though he founded G-Funk, in typical dre fashion, in 2001 he refuses to look back and return to old creations. Instead, he upgrades his music to a blend of traditional rap with futuristic and R&B sounds. What this new sound will be called, I don't know.
But this album confirms why Dre is the most influential man in hip-hop today.