D12 World [Import Bonus Tracks]

D12 World [Import Bonus Tracks]

by D12D12


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"My Band," the debut single from D12's sophomore album, D12 World, is the group's greatest moment and a great introduction to the way they work. Very little else on D12 World is as exciting as "My Band," the catchy explanation of what this group (or band, or whatever you want to call it) is, and one of the best productions to ever come out of Shadyville. It's also the tamest track on D12 World, an album that's proudly sick in the head. D12 are B-list players in the world of Shadyville (addressed on "My Band" when a fan asks, "Where's Obie and Dre?"), but they're the Three Stooges meets Andrew Dice Clay with that Detroit horror-show edge, which makes them like nothing else in the rap world. ICP might trade in the same sickness as the group, but D12 have better skills and more street cred, and they also have Bizarre. He's Kool Keith on Earth, smoking Newports, carrying a blowup doll, and owning every track he appears on. His grotesque masterpiece is "Just Like U," a horrific exchange between parent and child that's so disgusting the edited version of the album totally drops it. Bizarre declares, "When Mos Def hear dis/He probably suffocate me," but it's hardly the only track that would make a humanist's stomach churn. "Get My Gun" and "Bitch" are just as irresponsible, but the group must not be sick enough to repel the socially conscious hero of the moment, Kanye West. His production work on the title track gives the album another highlight, while Dr. Dre is at the helm for the quirky and dark "American Psycho II," killer track number three. Eminem rules the first two songs, and sporadically pops up throughout the album, but don't expect any of the usual reflection. His raps are concerned with his relationship to D12 and hip-hop in total or they focus on his numerous beefs, most prominent being his one with Benzino. That's hard to relate to unless you have a beef with Benzino yourself, but fans who look at D12 albums as updates on the soap opera that is Eminem's career should eat it up. The album feels more slapped together than their debut -- and there's a dry spell in the middle -- but since Eminem spends a lot of time in the background it does do a better job of developing the careers of Swift, Proof, and mostly Bizarre. Check it for his raps and the excellent "My Band," but leave your taste and morality at home. [The 2004 import edition includes "Barbershop" and "Slow Your Roll" on a bonus CD.]

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2004
Label: Universal Uk
UPC: 0602498624319
catalogNumber: 9862431
Rank: 22767

Album Credits

Performance Credits

D12   Primary Artist
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Young Zee   Skit
Mike Elizondo   Keyboards
B Real   Guest Appearance
Eminem   Skit,Group Member
50 Cent   Skit
Kon Artis   Group Member
Kuniva   Skit,Group Member
Obie Trice   Guest Appearance
Red Spyda   Keyboards
Rondell Beene   Skit
Bugz   Skit
Richard Castro   Skit
Steve King   Bass,Guitar,Skit

Technical Credits

Richard Hunt   Engineer
Night and Day   Producer
Luis Resto   Composer,Producer
Andre Young   Composer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer
D. Moore   Composer
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Denaun Porter   Composer
Tony Campana   Engineer
Obie Trice   Composer
Michael Strange   Engineer
Red Spyda   Producer
R. Arthur Johnson   Composer
Mike "Dat Nigga Chav" Chavarria   Engineer
Ess Man   Producer
Steve King   Engineer

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