Devil's Night

Devil's Night

4.7 15
by D12

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On Devil's Night -- the first release on Eminem's Shady Records -- the Shady One shares the spotlight with D-12, his Detroit crew of like-minded rhyme lunatics. The disc's 19 maniacal tracks feature some of hip-hop's most delightfully twisted verbal barrages. From the slyly sinister gun-talk of "Pistol Pistol" to the psychedelic drug anthem "Purple Pills,"


On Devil's Night -- the first release on Eminem's Shady Records -- the Shady One shares the spotlight with D-12, his Detroit crew of like-minded rhyme lunatics. The disc's 19 maniacal tracks feature some of hip-hop's most delightfully twisted verbal barrages. From the slyly sinister gun-talk of "Pistol Pistol" to the psychedelic drug anthem "Purple Pills," what Bible toters, concerned parents, and critics should keep in mind is that D-12's Garbage-Pail-Kids-on-crack rhymes are aimed beyond tongue-in-cheek -- they're really tongue-through-cheek. Most of the time it's all good fun, although on "American Psycho," Bizarre manages to exceed rap's gross-out quotient with lines like, "And I ain't got no food/ My job, I've been cheated/ My girlfriend had a miscarriage/ I had to eat it." Trashy talk aside, the true showstoppers here are the funky beats courtesy of Dr. Dre and Mr. Mathers himself -- ranging from the ominous strings and thrash guitars of "Fight Music" to the syncopated, carnival-esque organ-grinder snyths of "Ain't Nuthin' but Music." Rounding out the madness is the hidden track "Girls," on which Em lyrically assaults his growing list of nemeses -- former House of Pain frontman Everlast, underground hip-hop heroes Dilated Peoples, and Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal and Fred Durst. This quintessential horror-core-filled record is proof positive that Em deserves his props. Just ask his D-12 compadres, because they've definitely got his back.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Birchmeier
It's tempting to dismiss D12's debut album, Devil's Night, as exploitative juvenilia, similar to how fellow Detroit hardcore rap acts such as ICP and Esham had been treated in the past. In fact, it's hard not to dismiss this album as shock rap because that's exactly what it is -- there's no denying it. As witty as Eminem may be -- and he's by far the most creative member of the group -- the countless forays into theatrical perversity far outnumber the more literate moments. But to dismiss the album strictly because of its themes would be unfortunate. As challenging as it may be for many to stomach the constant and incredibly explicit sex, violence, and drug references, there is a stunning album lurking beneath that deserves recognition. Functioning as the album's executive producer and as the producer for most of the album's beats, Eminem has done a wonderful job crafting this album and its foreboding feel. Influenced by the style of sparse beats Dr. Dre employed on Eminem's past solo hits, the troublemaking MC's beatmaking steals the show here, particularly on the album's standout moment, "Purple Pills." In fact, Eminem's beats often contest the couple equally impressive tracks that Dre contributes. Besides the remarkable production, Eminem also showcases his songwriting genius on several of the song's hooks, bringing a catchy pop-rap approach to hardcore lyrics. Yet no matter how accomplished this album is from a production and songwriting angle, it's impossible to look past the disturbing lyrics, especially those of Bizarre, and also Eminem's moments of unnecessary instigation. This album is obviously targeting those with a taste for perversity. If that means you, then you'll love this; if that doesn't mean you, then the album is still worth investigating, if only for Eminem's show-stealing performance as not only an MC but also as an adept producer and songwriter.

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Interscope Records

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

D12   Primary Artist
Jeff Bass   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Mike Elizondo   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Camara Kambon   Keyboards
Traci Nelson   Background Vocals
Dina Rae   Track Performer
Truth Hurts   Track Performer
Scott Storch   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Curtis Mayfield   Composer
Dr. Dre   Producer
Jeff Bass   Producer
Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg   Composer,Contributor
Andre Young   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer
Jason Noto   Art Direction
Marshall Mathers   Composer
DJ Head   Producer,drum programming
Denaun Porter   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Chris Clancy   Contributor
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer
Sarah Catlett   Studio Coordinator
Steve King   Engineer,Engineering

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Devil's Night 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
DarkLotusICP4life More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the vry end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bad boy Eminen raps with D-12 with hit song ''Purple Hills'', voted # 3 on billboards top 200. Buy the album Devil's Night now!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you don't own this album, shame on you. Buy it now. This might have to be one of the best albums in the last 10 years. I love every song. Listen to Em's verse in ''Ain't Nuttin' but Music.'' You won't stop laughing for a couple of days
Guest More than 1 year ago
D12 has the best rhymes out . This proves once again that rap will prevail over pop ps Em ASK BRITNEY OUT
Guest More than 1 year ago
D12 devil's night is totally PHAT! After hearing a couple of the songs, I went out and got the cd straight away and every song is great. There aren't any bad tracks on the album at all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Revelation was an inspiration for me while I was going through hell at school. And That's How... was so hilarious. Every track is a hit. If you ain't feeling this you must be deaf.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great album with hepsof phattrax. "Pimp like me" "blow my buzz" "purple pills" "thats how" and "nasty mind" to name a few. The whole album is phat with only 2 or 3 lame tracks. REVELATION is the best song on the whole album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
D12 is the stuff, great beats and rhymes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem has a lot on his mind. On Devil's Night he lets the world hear what it is with a lil help from his crew of Detroit emcess. What exactly does Slim have to say? He wants the world to know that hes fed up with teh critics and he'll never stop exposing the violent and insane thoughts that make his world tick. This is obvious on tracks such as ''American Psycho'' and ''Revelation''. But even though Eminem steals the show lyrically, the other members have their own vulgar and dark bars that they show up to spit on their own. When you add their views with Em and throw in some tight production from Dr. Dre and suprisingly Eminem himself then you get classic material such as the albums tightest track 'Fight Music'.Of course you have'Purple Hills', 'Pimp Like me' and the Britney Spears assault ''Aint Nuthin But Music' that add heat to the albums fire. Throw in a lil hidden diss track to the other Interscope rapper (you know the rock one with the Red hat) and boom you have some major events all talkin place on one night, Devils Night.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Eminem with his posse throws it down on this very harsh and disturbing album. Be warned, this album is not for the week-hearted. Some may compare this gore fest of an album to Three 6 Mafia, Natas, Esham, Insane Clown Posse, Geto Boys, Gravediggaz, etc. If you are able to stomach such grotesque lyrics such as these, then you may love this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is fire!! I think it capitolized off EM's success and personality. They were hungry and determined and it showed.. CLASSIC!! I would still buy this album if it dropped today.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd is great. Eminem really did a good job with this cd. Check out #s 2, 6, 9, 10, 11,and 13.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
awesome from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some nice production on this album for sure. But i'm a bit annoyed with everyone but Em tripping over their own rhymes. I'd like to hear them put out some sick stuff, but i'll wait until they get comfortable flowing over the beats and on the mic first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago