Dr. Dre released his second studio album “2001” on November 16, 1999. The album went “Gold” in it’s first week and has sold more than 7 million copies to date. The album featured appearances from Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, Kurupt, Nate Dogg and others. The album was produced by Mel-Man, Lord Finesse and Dr. Dre himself. The album consists of 22 tracks that bang from beginning to end. Dr. Dre’s production is flawless and even crispier than his last album. Things do get better with age!
The first single off this classic album is “Still D.R.E.” and for a minute it makes us relive “The Chronic” that was released 7 years earlier once again. The beat bounces on a “west-coast-gangsta” beat with Snoop Dogg on the hook. Their collaborations has never let us down and is almost always a classic! The track was written by Jay Z and gives us a history lesson about how Dre got where he is now.
Since the last time you heard from me I lost some friends
Well, hell, me and Snoop, we dippin’ again
Kept my ear to the streets
Signed Eminem, he’s triple platinum, doing 50 a week
Still, I stay close to the heat
And even when I was close to defeat, I rose to my feet
My life’s like a soundtrack I wrote to the beat
Treat rap like Cali weed; I smoke ’til I sleep
Wake up in the A.M., compose a beat
I bring the fire ’til you’re soaking in your seat
It’s not a fluke, it’s been tried, I’m the truth
Since Turn Out the Lights from the World Class Wreckin Cru
I’m still at it, after-mathematics
In the home of drive-bys and ak-matics
Swap meets, sticky green, and bad traffic
I dip through, then I get skin, D-R-E
“Xxplosive” is that one track that will get you hypnotized by the beat. It samples the same beat Lil Kim took for her track “Drugs“, and speeds it up a bit. The track has Nate Dogg, Kurupt and Six-Two spitting x-rated rhymes and getting nasty with it! Kurupt represents with his lines,
West Coast shit nigga
Overdosageimperial pistols ferocious
Fuck a bitchdon’t tease bitch, strip tease bitch
Eat a bowl of these bitchgobble the dick
Hoes forgot to eat a dick can shut the fuck up
Gobble and swallow a nut up
Shut up and get my cash
Backhanded, pimp-slapped backwards and left stranded
Just pop ya collar,pimp convention, hoes for a dollar
Six-Deuce in a plush, six-deuce impala
Pimping hoes from Texas to Guatemala
Bitch niggas pay for hoes, just to lay with hoes
Relax one night, and pay to stay with hoes
Captain ‘Save-’em-all-day’, well save this dick
Bitch nigga, you more of a bitch than a bitch
You ain’t into hitting pussy or hitting the switch
You into hitting bitches all for the grip
You punk bitch
He then continues with another x-rated rap track on the appropriately named “Fuck You“. The track itself sounds nasty as f*ck and after the beat starts you know some nasty lyrics are the only type of lyrics that belong on top of this dope beat! Devin the Dude and Snoop Dogg make sure that this track reaches the gutter! Dre’s line, “Chicken-head, chicken-fed, with a d*ck in your mouth” is legendary in it’s own nasty way has been recited by everyone a million times!
Then you have the Eminem tracks. We had gotten a dose of him from his “Slim Shady LP“, but the verses he contributes on this album propelled him to another level. On “What’s The Difference” he joins Xzibit to tell us the difference between him and all the other wanna-be MC’s out there. So when Dre offers the ability to hide a body, Em responds with,
Well that’s cool, and I appreciate the offer
But if I do decide to really murder my daughter’s momma
I’ma sit her up in the front seat and put sunglasses on her
And cruise around with her for seven hours through California
And have her wavin at people, (hi)then drop her off on the corner
At the police station and drive off honkin’ the horn for her
Raw dawg, get your arm gnawed off,drop the sawed off
And beat you with the piece it was sawed off of
Fuck blood, I wanna see some lungs coughed up
Get shot up in the hot tub’til the bubbles pop up
In they nose and cough snot up, mucus in hot water
That’s for trying to talk like The Chronic was lost product
That’s for even thinking of having them thoughts thought up
You better show some respect whenever the Doc’s brought up
So what’s the difference between us? We can start at the penis
Or we can scream “I just don’t give a fuck!” and see who means it
Let’s not forget that Dre takes a sample from a French track, Charles Aznavour’s “Parce Que Tu Crois” to give this track that “umph” and make X’s and Em’s bars shine even brighter!
The other Eminem track is “Forgot About Dre” where he makes us forget that Dre was even on the track (no pun intended) and has one of his most memorable verses when he says,
So what do you say to somebody you hate?
Or anyone tryna bring trouble your way?
Wanna resolve things in a bloodier way?
Just study your tape of NWA.
One day I was walking by
With a Walkman on
When I caught a guy give me an awkward eye (what you looking at?)
And strangled him off in the parking lot with his Karl Kani
I don’t give a f*ck if it’s dark or not
I’m harder than me tryna park a Dodge
But I’m drunk as f*ck
Right next to a humongous truck in a two car garage
Hopping out with two broken legs tryna walk it off
F*ck you too, bitch, call the cops
I’ma kill you and them loud ass motherf*cking barking dogs
“Some LA N*ggaz” feels like ever LA MC is on the track and on “Bang Bang” the track literally bangs with a shotgun sample cocking and shooting all thru the track! The track that shines and leaves you heartbroken is the final track on the album. On “The Message” he raps about his brother and how he lost him in a tragic “accident”. Royce Da 5″9′ wrote the track about a friend that was murdered and when Dre heard him perform it, he took it for himself. Mary J Blige sings the hook and puts a bow on this album.
Since you finishing em early, what possessed you to start him?
We made a vow – later we’ll regret til death do us part
Lord, I thought we was made for each other
You shouldn’t connect those, made to be taken away from each other
Now what I’m supposed to do? I’m only half the man that I was
I’ll never last, cause my better half is up there with you
You knew what you was doing when you made us, so with all due respect
You coulda forgave him, you didn’t have to take him
He can take the game with him, cause he defines the word
The one who puts the G in it, who you think put me in it?
I’m feeling like my whole world is blinded, wondering why
Crying, pouring out my heart, pouring out liquor behind it
We fought like brothers, something we never should do
We coulda used time spent arguing telling the truth
He had talent too – I had plans on watching him grow
Don’t know what hurts more, seeing him leave, or watching him go
If you want to make a comparison between the first and second “Chronic” album, let the discussion begin! Personally, I love the first more but we all have our preferences! This album bangs and represents Los Angeles to the fullest!