Dr. Dre
2001


3.5
great

Review

by Tyler Munro EMERITUS
October 27th, 2006 | 166 replies | 54,481 views


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Featuring an evolved G-Funk sound and ridiculously over the top lyricism, Dr. Dre's semi-triumphant return to the proverbial rap game comes off on top.

Ever thought of an artist and realized that you could tell basically everything about them just by looking at their track record? Dr. Dre, hip-hop producer of NWA fame, is one of those cases. There's just something distinct about Dre, and I'm not talking in regards to his sound (though, it's a distinct sound he's got going). It's just that somehow, I think I can tell just how he'd would be in a relationship. It's really not all that complicated, just look at the facts; while a strong producer in his own right, Dre always seems to rely on others to push his music up to a certain level. With his debut solo album, the Chronic, MF Grimm's ghostwriting was an integral part in pushing the album to the top of the charts, making it the champion gangsta rap album of the 90s. Dr. Dre is a self-concious MC, one who despite his outstanding producing ability, seems uncertain of his rapping ability; and it's not to say he can't rap, it's just his writing and rhyming aren't in the same league as his work behind the scenes.

In attempt to once again solidify his place as the premier hip-hop producer, Dr Dre began working on his 1999 release, the oddly titled 2001, with the help of nearly 25 other artists. Thanks in part to his work on the Slim Shady LP, people once again became curious about Dr. Dre, an issue addressed in the album's first two singles, but notably on it's second . Forgot About Dre revisits the style he pioneered, something you get endless amounts of on the album. G-Funk is more or less exactly what it sounds like; gangstafied P-funk. Complete with distinctive synths (technically known as portamento leads), smooth bass and banging drum patterns, G-Funk is the perfect thing to groove to. Forgot About Dre was indicative of the fact that while Dre is back to his old tricks, they're as original as ever. Never willing to turn tired, Dre adds synthesized violins in this track, giving it a sinister sense, something that counter-acts Eminem's childish blabbering.

Forgot About Dre, though actually the 10th track on the album, basically sets the pace for the whole thing. Eminem re-appears, along with Xzibit, on the bombastic What's the Difference. Tracks like Fuck You and Ackrite carry a smooth, old-school, smoke week every day sound, while the porno grooving Xxplosive could easily pass for a post-transaction hoe-anthem (see: sex). Still D.R.E, the lead single, adds a far-east (see: Asian) vibe to the age old G-Funk sound, an idea also applied to The Message, and basically lets us know Dre's back with some of that, as Snoop so eloquently puts it, sticky-icky-icky (ooh wee). It also proves that while Dre's "creation" of the G-Funk sound is debatable, he's definitely made it his own.


2001 is Dre's re-invention, his return to the wonderful world of gangsta rap. Was it a success? Musically, I'd say yes. Lyrically, however, well… As I sit here writing this, one hand on the keyboard, the other sitting near a plate of cookies (which sits next to a cup of warm milk), I say the answer to that is obvious. Here's a personal favourite


Yeah -- I just took some Ecstasy
Ain't no tellin what the side effects could be
All these fine bitches equal sex to me
Plus I got this bad bitch layin next to me
No doubt, sit back on the couch
Pants down, rubber on, set to turn that ass out
Laid the bitch out, then I put it in her mouth
Pulled out, nutted on a towel and passed out

And then there's this


BANG
BANG!! BANG BANG!!
Everywhere I go, all I ever seem to hear is
BANG BANG!! BANG BANG!!
No matter where I go, all I ever seem to see is
BANG BANG!! BANG BANG!!
Everywhere I go, all I ever seem to hear is
BANG BANG!! BANG BANG!!
No matter where I go, all I ever seem to see is
BANG
BANG!!


The lyrics on the album are exactly what you'd expect; overblown depictions of gangsta life, complete with excessive swearing, violent descriptions, bitches, hoes and, in the hilarious skit Pause 4 Porno, a massive orgy ending in a tragic ejaculatory injury. If you hadn't guessed, the lyrics are more or less ridiculous. After so many expletives, it sort of becomes second nature to just ignore the ludicrously over-the-top lyricism; I guess maybe this was why Grimm ghostwrote on the Chronic. Dre likes to tell you he's in fact still ghetto, still gangsta. Not only is he still gangsta, he's also still a strong pot user. Here's the thing; we all know he's a pot smoker. His need to remind us nearly every two minutes is only overshadowed by the ambiguous murder references. We get it, seriously. The lyrics on 2001 just seem campy and unnecessary, driving a point nobody really cares about home to the point of smashing through the living room window. He's also still from Compton, just in case you were wondering.

Basically, this album is something you'll want to put on, play loud, enjoy the shit out of it and then put away for a couple days. It's overwhelmingly cliché, at least lyrically, so you might not listen to as much as his "classic" Chronic. Nonetheless, I actually prefer this album musically. The skits are surprisingly painless to listen to, in fact they're mostly entertaining, and unlike say, a Kanye West album, they're mostly limited. The album is flawless production wise, and Dre's inclination to add more samples to a typically sample-limited style of hip-hop is ever-effective, though it did result in a lawsuit (see: THX). The album is musically solid, lyrically entertaining (albeit campy) and criminally underrated, pun intended. Also known as the Chronic: 2001, this album is a sequel in spirit, showing that while he's got a style of his own, Dre's no one trick pony.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
October 27th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Started this last week, never finished it. Finished it tonight, so that's why it's sort of like two reviews chopped into one.

RottedFlesh
October 27th 2006



213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Nice review...I still hate rap...great review...hate rap...u get my vote ^_^

Hatshepsut
October 27th 2006



1997 Comments


Some rap is good. Still need Blazing Arrow, but whatever. Great review too. The lyrics kinda stood out to me, probably because you made them stand out.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
October 27th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Lets just say no to the majority of this album. But nice review anyways.

Tyler
Emeritus
October 27th 2006



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dont know, but I really like this album. It's just silly lyrically, but unlike the Chronic, at least he wrote it.

The Jungler
October 28th 2006



4827 Comments


MF GRIMM wrote on this? Cool.
Great review, someone needed to do this, and I'm glad you were the one to step up.

Zesty Mordant
October 28th 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

he was the ghostwriter for dre's lyrics on the album before this actually.
Great review as always, this album's not bad

"Freshly Baked"
October 31st 2006



583 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Download "Let's Get High" and tell me it's not the most awesome song ever. so many classic lines on that.

The album was huge, but it's just inconsistant. There are some master works, but a LOT of filler. and I don't like that. But overall, an good album.

Zesty Mordant
October 31st 2006



1196 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

On the weekend I heard "The Next Episode" at this club. I had a serious urge to start smacking hoes and crip-walkin' all over the place

Onewaytrip2hell
October 31st 2006



508 Comments


Lol. I really like Dre's production, and songs, but I've yet to hear this album.

Jim
November 1st 2006



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I thought this was pretty weak. There's some great tracks, like The Watcher, What's the Difference and The Next Episode, but it's just too inconsistent.
Pause 4 Porno was quite lame.
Great review.

Dried Muffin Remnants
October 3rd 2007



297 Comments


Great new-school production... bad lyrics.

londoncalling457
December 23rd 2007



2603 Comments


"La-da-da-da-da, it's the motherf***ing D-O double G."

This album is really good at times, but at other times is almost unlistenable for me.


GDRTY5
January 18th 2008



2 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just right beneath classic. After all it's very hard to deliver 2 back to back classics. But Andre Young came really close on this one. Great Album, it doesn't dissapoint.This Message Edited On 01.18.08

Iam138
April 2nd 2008



76 Comments


I like any thing w/ dre.

Bleak123
September 12th 2008



1902 Comments


The Next Episode is a killer song.

MUNGOLOID
November 5th 2008



4290 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

classic album my ass.

MiK
November 26th 2008



240 Comments


The Next Episode and Still D.R.E. is the only songs I listen to. Dre got da beatz, he ain't got dem lyrics!

tinathefatlard
November 26th 2008



1597 Comments


smoke weed erryday

Parkway
December 4th 2008



38 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

im a fan of METAL but this album kicks ass!



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