D12
D12 World


3.5
great

Review

by Brain Dead USER (30 Reviews)
May 20th, 2006 | 42 replies


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist


Very few artists are more disgusting, perverted, or profane than D12. This group of 6 Detroit MCs headed by the superstar Eminem burst into the rap scene in 2001 with Devil's Night. The expectations were high for their sophomore album, and it delivered. While it is by no means a classic album, it is an entertaining listen, and features some good rhymes and flows. The sheer perverseness of D12's rhymes keeps me coming back for more every time. There are six members of D12, but only three really step out of the crowd. One is obviously Eminem, who is the best rapper in the group easily. Bizarre is a hugely obese MC with incredibly disgusting rhymes. Anything you can think of that's gross, from "I put a rubber on my toe and f**ked you some more" to "I f**k two twins, with a midget on top. A sick mind, raping an old lady." Yes, it is incredibly disgusting. Comic perversion is something D12 relies one, and Bizarre is the leader in this department. The last standout member is Proof, who was killed about a month and a half ago. He has a very recognizable voice, it is much gruffer and harsher than any others. He is easily the best rapper from a skill perspective after Eminem. His rhymes are full of hate and violence, and he is probably the most serious rapper in the group. This album came out with two singles that gained widespread fame, My Band and How Come. But this album actually produced five singles, so I will review them all.

My Band is the single that earned the most popularity, I remember it was on constant MTV rotation for quite a while. This song has a poppy beat, which in some stages is carried by somebody snapping. The song is all about how all of the other members of D12 hate Eminem because he gets all of the popularity. This song is good the first time you hear it, but it gets old at light speed. Right now, this song is one of my least favorites on the album. But it is also the reason that I bought this album in the first place. Overall, the individual rhymes are not very good, a lot of times it is just other members of D12 arguing with Eminem. A lot of sound effects are in this song, always accompanying the lyrics. The beat switches around a lot, from a pop beat to a Mexican salsa beat. I don't really know what to say about this song. Overall, I guess, it is an okay song. One of the very few songs I can think of that is a bad song but also a good single choice.

All of the humor from the first single is gone in How Come. This song features a looming, oppressive beat that sets the mood perfectly for the song. While many songs on this CD are an unfocused series of raps from D12, this song is focused firmly on one subject, which is how Eminem and his homies from childhood have drifted apart because of his fame. Thankfully, Bizarre is left out of his song, as he would've made a complete joke of it if he was in it. While the individual rhymes on this song aren't great, they certainly top My Band. Overall, a good song.

Git Up is one of the three singles that went mostly under the radar. Eminem steps up and tells D12 to take a seat for the most part of this song. He has a very long, verse less solo in the beginning that lasts for 1:30. The beat is quiet and laid back, but D12's rhymes are up in your face intense. The chorus is very good on this song, with the same intensity as the verses. One particularly funny rhyme in my opinion is delivered by Kuniva "And a glock that you stop you from waking, bullets'll hit your liver, I'll even shoot native Americans, A Indian n****r, we back in you life and back in your wife, hit you in the back with a knife and get it crackin' tonight." This is the perfect example of a D12 rhyme, it's violent, graphic, sexual, and a bit racist. This song beats out How Come because of the heavy Eminem, and beats My Band easily.

40 Oz. is at least the equivalent of Git Up. A fight song, no doubt. Loud, looming bass drums provide the backbone for this song. Your typical hip-hop fight song, D12 style. As you would expect, it is even more gory and graphic coming from D12. Eminem is involved in this song, but he delivers subpar verses. This is really the "other" members of D12's coming out party, they all perform excellently. The chorus really shines, it is heavy and oppressive, and leaves you wanting more violence. One good rhyme delivered again by Kuniva is "I settle my vendettas with AK's, Berettas, we donít supposed to be in here with our weapons but still they let us. Switchblade, brass knuckles, nickel plated belt buckles, broken beer bottles, when we walk in you can smell trouble." While it may be typical fight music rapping, it is done very well in this song because the beat fits the flow of the rappers so well. A great song.

6 In The Morning closes out the singles, and it went even further under the radar than 40 Oz. and Git Up. I only know it was a single because I saw it for sale at Best Buy. A very distinctive piano melody in this song, with nothing but drums backing that. Eminem in this song delivers possibly the only positive rap in this CD, stating "I'd much rather lift a pencil than a pistol when I'm pissed." This song has a lot of Eminem just like Get Up, but he isn't quite as good here. A really great rap verse delivered here by Swift, I can't really give you a highlight because the whole verse is so great. While this song is about the familiar and broad topic of "haters" the individual rhymes are by far the best on the CD. And I mean by far. No contest whatsoever. Probably the best of the singles.

Really only two non-singles are worth mentioning, and they are Get My Gun and Good Die Young. I'll talk about Get My Gun first. Another fight song like 40 Oz., but that's where the familiarities end. The beats are polar opposite. While 40 Oz.'s was slow and oppressive, Get My Gun's is fast and hard-hitting. This song also gives much more graphic detail than 40 Oz. Overall, I think I like this one more. Bizarre really does his stuff on this song, and it was so good that D12 had him close out the song instead of the usual Swift or Proof. There is also a skit in the middle of the song where Eminem shoots at a mass of autograph seekers. Check out this rap by Bizarre though: "I'm ready to blow this b***hes brains out. I'm nervous, I farted, some s**t came out. Times up, shot her with a gun, got on my cell phone and called Rev. Run. And all this crazy s**t I, regret it. . . All because I wanted to see Elton John naked." As usual, it is said with Bizarre's poor flow and it makes absolutely no sense. But it is so f**king hilarious! A great song.

Good Die Young is the 20th song on this album, and doubtless the best. What makes it ridiculous is that it is entirely without Eminem! The thought that D12 could make a good song was ridiculed until this song came out. Very slow and reflective beat, and it gives Kon Artis, Bizarre, Swift, Proof, and Kuniva a chance to reflect on the deaths of their close friends. For the first time in his life, Bizarre is serious. The only reason Bizarre is in D12 is because he is incredibly gross, and his inability to rap really shows when he tries to be serious. Oh well, at least he tried. The other members rhymes are all excellent. I am not going to give you any examples, because simply they are all so great. Not only is the topic of the song a good one, the individual rhymes are second best to 6 In The Morning. But the fact that this was done without Eminem and because of the topic, this is the best song on the CD.

Another fun and entertaining CD from D12. The skits here are actually relatively funny, unlike most Eminem albums. But there are also a lot of weak songs on here, such as I'll Be Damned, Just Like U, U R The One, and Leave Dat Boy Alone.

Best Three:
1. Good Die Young
2. 6 In The Morning
3. Get My Gun

Worst Three:
1. U R The One
2. Just Like U
3. Leave Dat Boy Alone



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John Paul Harrison
May 20th 2006


1014 Comments


Quite daring, reviewing such an album on a site like this. All the same, a quality review.

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


Amazing review, My Band was amusing but I'm not into the rest.


Honeymoon_Croon
May 20th 2006


297 Comments


Your review was great, and I think this album is actually really good, especially compared to most hip-hop out their.

Brain Dead
May 20th 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Iluvatar, I would urge you to hear the album before saying D12 stinks. Every single rapper on here (besides Bizarre) is better than that Juvenile and Mike Jones crap you hear on radio stations.

Jacob6293
May 20th 2006


125 Comments


I hate rap, I hate this group and I hate this album.....yet the review is good.

Brain Dead
May 20th 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All right, sorry. I kind of spazzed out. And one thing: can you tell me some good Hip-Hop? I haven't been able to get into a Hip-Hop album for a loooooong time.

Brain Dead
May 20th 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All right, I'll check some of that out. I usually favor lyrics over beat, and I've heard of Atmosphere. Thanx for the advice.

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


I suggest getting some album art up there to make the frontpage look better.

Brain Dead
May 20th 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I uploaded some but for some reason it didn't show up. I don't know how to put any on now.

Neoteric
May 20th 2006


3243 Comments


Yeah, I uploaded some but for some reason it didn't show up. I don't know how to put any on now.
Ask one of the mods then.

The Jungler
May 20th 2006


4826 Comments


Hmmmm, I've never been able to get into Atmosphere. Some other great rap is Public Enemy, Ghostface, A Tribe Called Quest, early Nas, MF Doom, The Roots, DJ Shadow and all that stuff Iluvatar mentioned (among others).


While D12 is far from making my favorite rap list the stuff I heard was entertaining. Great job.This Message Edited On 05.20.06

icaught fire444
May 20th 2006


622 Comments


well hopefully after that one band member got shot and killed a couple weeks ago it was a wake up call to these guys. i hate them. eminem is ok. you cant help but like him. i dont like rap. and this doesnt help me like it at all. these guys are just terrible. good review though.

CeeBone
May 21st 2006


213 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

atmosphere are illmatic son.. same with del.. solid choices. check out cappadonna's the pillage too... it's a pretty solid album from a few years back. in fact, the wu-tang clan should be like their own awesome country.. that is all.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
May 21st 2006


1600 Comments


The people who vote tend to know what's what.

From past experience, I tend to disagree. :p

And from a brief listen of a friends CD, there was some enjoyable stuff. But I don't think I'll pursue this band any further.

CharmlessMan
May 21st 2006


169 Comments


Their name is stupid. Dirty Dozen... that means 12 members, not 6. Can't stand this group.

Gilly-Maloo
May 21st 2006


103 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I like this album.

Good Die Young is the highlight song on the album.

Electric City
Emeritus
May 21st 2006


15762 Comments


Awww Proof died.

Two-Headed Boy
May 21st 2006


4527 Comments


My Band is a shameful piece of music. The video is even worse, with a shirtless Bizarre. *shudder*

Storm In A Teacup
May 21st 2006


22909 Comments


"My Band" is cool, but I don't know if it would get old on me or not because I've only heard it two or three times and the last time was at least four months ago.
Nice review though. :thumb:

Brain Dead
May 21st 2006


1150 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Dont judge them, charmless man. There may be other members of the group who aren't rappers who they include in thier name.



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