Dr. Dre - 2001 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jerry Del Colliano   
Tuesday, 16 November 1999


artist:
Dr. Dre

album:
The Chronic 2001
format: CD
label: Aftermath/Interscope
release year: 2001
performance: 6.5
sound 6.5
reviewed by: Jerry Del Colliano

There is no question Dr. Dre has been the driving force behind the west coast rap sound. Spin magazine called the landmark The Chronic the eighth best record of the 1990’s and "Nothin’ But A G-Thang" the best single of the 1990’s. That may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the west coast rap sound is the single most prolific new genre of music of the 1990’s. What NWA (Dre, the late Easy-E and Ice Cube) and Ice-T started nearly ten years ago has become an American social phenomenon in that in 1999 you see kids in the deep suburbs talking about Compton, bustin gatts and gang bangin’ as if they’ve ever even seen the ghetto.


Dr. Dre can be funny with his ghetto schick. The Chronic was filled with original gags, albeit mostly off color and demeaning to women and minorities. 2001 has its funny moments, especially its segues. The transition into cut 6 "Xxplosive" is a singing rhyme that you’d hear on an answer machine"

"You like AC Green – Bitch don’t call here anymore.
With feet like Ben Vareene’s – Bitch don’t call here anymore."
OK, Dre isn’t very nice here, but I found it funny even though it is demeaning to women, a Laker and Ben Vareene.

Unfortunately, most of the rest of the content on 2001 reverts back to the same gangsta bullshit you’ll hear on every rap record made in the last 10 years. It is simply boring. Rap has so much potential but is seemingly stuck in Compton as far as subject material. While gangsta shit does sell it doesn’t break new ground as Dre, Ice-T and Run DMC have in the past.

Dre features a collaborates with a host of rap starts including but not limited to: Snoop Dog, Eminem, Xzbit, Nate Dogg, Mary J. Blige and many others. Snoop is very good on the track "Still Dre" as is Dre prodigy Eminem on "Forgot About Dre." As a producer, Dre is far and away the best of his genre. 2001 has more unique musical beds. You don’t hear him borrowing entire Parliament or James Brown songs on 2001. The sound quality is very good for a rap record. The vocals are present and the instrumentation is as good as you’ll find in the genre.

Dr. Dre is enough of a break-through artist and producer that I hold him to a higher standard. While 2001 does highlight Dre’s considerable rap talents as well Dre’s ability to assemble a who’s who of rap for his record, he does not redefine the genre or break any new ground with 2001. 2001 gives you a good example of exactly what you’d expect from a Dre record straight out of Compton.







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