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2001
     

2001

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by Dr. Dre
 

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=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

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=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 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. [2001 was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

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Release Date:
11/16/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949048921
catalogNumber:
490489
Rank:
49855

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2001 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
2001 kicks bottom! (language ban) The best rap album ever. The album is worth buying if just for the humorous interludes: Pause 4 Porno is so damn funny. Aside from these the music rules. The watcher is a good iniciation (although what's the difference may have opened similarly well). the third song is one of the better numbers. Still Dre is just so good. What's the difference is a strong song which describes Dre's feelings about the NWA and has good rhymes(about the best on the album)Forgot about Dre is the best song featured. Let's get high, The next episode, Murder Ink, Housewife and Bang Bang are also shot hot and The message is a great way to round of on an emotional note. The album gives an insight into how Dre felt about the most telling aspects of his life and still is funny, catchy and not very serious almost simultaneously. This review is pretty jobby (ban) even for me to look at, but this is just so good. . Buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
well before listening to this album i had a feel of all the other so called hit hip hop and rap stuff. When comparing with this they all fade away, I AM A BIG FAN OF DRE AND HIS INNOVATIVE WAYS IN MAKING A SONG CLICK. He combines all the good elements and delivers a real bang bang stuff.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dre is the best in tha west.
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
i heard about this cd thru some kids thru my old middle school i borrowed this cd from a friend of mine who also happens to be a juggalo he lent me it i listened to the album all the way thru tommy chong makes a cameo at the end of this album on the hidden track known as the outro dr dre is still doing his thang and im proud of both sides of both shadyheads and juggalos im a fan of both eminem and icp but im sick and tired of shadyheads going up against juggalos i think fighting is wrong i was in a juggalo mosh pit once i had a blast at the gathering 2008 this album is off the hook phat beats dr dre proves age does not matter even tho after detox dr dre will be retiring from the rap and hip hop game dr dre should make a 4th and 5th studio albums but hes only making 3 solo albums well my review here is done this album is off the hook i suggest every juggalo/shadyhead to pick up this album it is amazing
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a good cd if you want the best selection of artists like Snoop dog and others Dr. Dre gives his best performence in the song 'The next episode' i just realy like this cd
Guest More than 1 year ago
it ws the best rap album ive eva heard
Guest More than 1 year ago
For about the last year or so my interest in rap music has greatly declined. Dr. Dre is one exception. Most rappers today are in it for the money and fame. Dre is one person who seems like he is rapping because he believes it. This CD is one of my favorites. I can listen to tracks like The Watcher, Forgot About Dre, and Xplosive and never get bored. Dre's early stuff is good, but this album sounds flawless.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best! forgot about dre is the coolest song
Guest More than 1 year ago
Chronic 2001 kicks a$$. He's got Eminem and Snoop, it is definately the hottest CD out right now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
hahaha...hell yeah Dre's bacc yo and better then ever be-4...all of tha song's r outta of this world....yall people out there that haven't listen to this album yet..yall should check it out it's the best.... peace....oriental ruthless boyz 4 life....
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dre makes his best album ever with the help of Snoop Doggy Dog and Eminem. With these rappers it makes a great combination for a great cd. My favorite song is Forget About Dre.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's hard to write about how great this album is without talking about each song, because it offers a great stylistic range with varying beats and tunes. So, I'll go song by song. **The Watcher: A simple backbeat, with smooth, poetic lyrics, and a hypnotic rhythm and a catchy chorus. **F*** You: If you don't approve of the title of this song, this album is not for you. The entire song's about sex, which sort of detracts from how good the beat and tune is, because you have to think about Dre having sex with random women, so that's kinda dumb. If you enjoy the songs of a similar nature on The Notorious B.I.G.'s album 'Ready to Die,' then I suppose you shouldn't have any problem with this. **Still D.R.E.: One of the best songs on this album, the piano and deep bass background beat makes the song, and Snoop Dogg's contribution is perfect for the song. Otherwise, the lyrics are amazing, and this is one of several songs on the album that would independently justify getting the album. **Big Ego's: If you are severely bothered by how Dre pluralizes 'ego' in the title to this song, then this album probably isn't for you (and I can't imagine that you would've found the other song acceptable if you can't find this one acceptable...whatever). The piano/synth backbeat and the story-like lyrics rapped by Dre's deep voice mesh perfectly. **Xxplosive: Wow, this song is difficult to describe. It's the closest that Dre comes to singing on the album, but it's one of the best songs to listen to with headphones on and bob your head to the beat. A deep bass line and a relatively high treble line, the lyrics are raw and the chorus is equally catchy. **What's the Difference: Another song that would independently justify buying the album, and yet another song which is perfect to listen to with headphones on and bob your head to (especially since he has a cool effect that travels from ear to ear). The chorus is probably the most best chorus I've heard in rap, and the flow of the lyrics is unstoppable. **Bar One: A skit, nothin special. **Light Speed: This song isn't so memorable. A slow beat, and a freaky bass line and a high pitched whistle over it, the lyrics are basically all drug related (which I can't relate to in the slightest, not that I can relate to anything else he talks about), but some of the lyrics are just cool to listen to. I typically switch to the next song, and understandably so. **Forgot About Dre: Ahh yes, the best song on the album. If you haven't heard this song, you have been listening to radio stations that would predispose you to dislike this album. This is one of the few songs where I actually appreciate Eminem rapping. The backbeat is unstoppable, and the lyrics tell an interesting story. **The Next Episode: Yet another song that would independently justify buying this album, a lot of this song is Snoop Dogg, and the backbeat is fantastic. The transitions in the song provide interesting contrasts, and when Dre comes on you almost shiver in anticipation. **Let's Get High: I don't think I've ever listened to what was past the first 20 seconds of this song before I'm writing this review (I'm listening to each to remind me of key stuff as I go). That's how repulsively stupid and crappy-sounding the intro to the song is. And, listening to the content after the 20 second mark, I haven't missed anything. NEXT SONG, QUICK!!! **Bitch N****z: Yeah, see the comment on the song above. This is definitely the first time I've heard past 5 seconds on this song, and Snoop is quickly lowering my impression of this album. I hope I can still give this five stars before I finish typing the review. NEXT SONG! **The Car Bomb: Another skit, nothing special. **Murder Ink: Yet another instance of how women are incapable of producing good rap. I don't understand, how can the first half of the song, with Dre rapping, be among my most favorite songs in rap, with the deepest bass line I've ever heard with an amazing piano line over it, com
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Dr. Dre is a huge inspiration to local teens coming up the the producing era. Dre taught young kids that just because they live in the ghetto doesn't meen that they can't be someone. Dre is a phenominal producer and is in the game for the passion he has, and people he pleases. Just think he signed great artists, like Eminem, Nocturnal, Nate Dogg, and the whole NWA; without Dre the hip hop industry wouldn't be what it is today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A fantastic album.....a 'need to have' to add in your rap collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Even though Jay-z wrote Still D.R.E. Dr. Dre delivers it with an iron-clad grip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DR.DRE HAS CAME BACK WITH A ALBUM THAT HAS SET THE OTHER ALBUMS OFF.THE BEST SONGS ARE FORGOT ABOUT DRE AND WHATS THE DIFFERENCE.EMINEM MADE A COMBINATION WITH DRE ON 2 SONGS THAT MAKE TH CD OUT COLD.EMINEM IS CONNECTING WITH THE RIGHT PEOPLE SO HE WILL GO UP IN THE INDUSTRY.THOSE 2 RAPPERS R 2 OF A KIND THAT HAVE FLOWING SKILLS OUT OF THIS WORLD.THEY WILL ALWAYS DOMINATE THE RAPPING.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dre already made us proud when he came out with the thug boy group NWA, then he introduced the world to Snoop Dogg. Next he made a boom with Chronic. Then after awhile he left Death Row. Finally with a comeback he signed Eminem & came out with Chronic 2001. This album is the absolute Bomb. I love this cd. I listen to it everyday and night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DRE is the illest rapper alive. So is Tu Pac, but this is bout DRE!!!! Forgot bout DRE is a sick track, still. Lets Get High is another bomb track. 4 Reel!!!!!! I got tha album when it first came out. I'm a big fan of DRE, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dre has so many kick a** songs. He sings about everything. He has the best rappers featured in his album. Eminem and Snoop Dogg are just some of the rappers featured. He only has one song on his whole album that does not have an apearance in it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best rap cd you could possibly buy. This cd is even much better with snoop and slim
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great cd for new and old Dre fans!! His work is innovative and what sets him apart from other rappers! 2001 is a must buy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr. Dre has really done it this time,he has come back after many years after making ''The Chronic''.He has still rocked the world with this album,and probably will do it again with his next album. Chronic 2001 has been his best album yet, especialy with the countless artists that he has featuring on his album.This album is funny, and it will keep you bouncin' for hours. I cant wait until his next album comes out, because it's most likely going to be than his last.
Guest More than 1 year ago
sometimes there can be a cliche, a picture is worth a 1,000 words but i was loving rock album covers and since i was cutting and pasting them on my notebooks i wanted to see rap covers not showing any rappers at all like kanye west and his anime cover for graduation. it is better than 50's ugly mug in curtis or any kind of rapper who is about to kill you. the songs? forgot about dre is a class track with eminem. this album is a little underrated than the first chronic because it is not overhyped. be careful though. many rap albums has a parental advisory sticker and it is hell for the parents. good for the rappers, annoying for the rockers but of enough of that phoney baloney and get it. at first i thought it was kinda boring but it will grow on you the next minute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the reason's I like Dr Dre is that every thing that he talks about is true. Well I just thougt that if Dr Dre and Too Short made a song together it would be a blast,since yall are from the best side the WEST SIDE.