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A Hit and Miss Album, But Still Great Music And Worth It!,
This review is from: D12 World (Audio CD)Firstly let me preface this by saying that D12 are a group, and not just Eminem with a few other guys. Although Eminem is undoubtedly the most well-known member and probably the most gifted, each member has their own particular virtues and downfalls, and the way D12 have balanced this in their "difficult second album" is really interesting. I'm going for a track by track review, as I think that's the best way to review albums, before summarising.
1. Git Up - This is such a catchy beat and such a well chosen song to begin the album. Em has a very long first verse which never lets up for a second, followed by Swifty and Kuniva following directly after each other. The beat on this is great, and its nice to hear Em rapping so quickly and fluidly, and overall its one of the best tracks on the album - its only downfall is that it doesn't go on for longer, as it would be nice to hear from at least Kon Artis on this track! 10/10
2. Loyalty (feat. Obie Trice)- Another great beat on this track, Kon Artis' chorus is catchy, and this is probably one of Bizarre's best tracks. The verse from Obie is great. Swifty's verse feels a bit too similar to Git Up, and its nice to hear the whole group on the track, Kuniva and Kon Artis share the first of a few verses across the album, and Proof's lyrics are nice and Sharp. 9/10
3. Just Like U - This is Bizarre's solo track, the only solo track on the album. It's my least favourite track on the album, initially I liked it but have really gone off it. Bizarre has a pretty good flow, but he can't rap quickly which really shows not only on this and some other tracks. If your easily offended, this is the one that'll make you put down the album. 4/10
4. I'll Be Damned - A real bouncy track, this is another one without Em and probably just as well, although Kon's first verse goes on for a bit. This track isn't really easy listening, if purely because of the subject matter (sex, sex and more sex). I like the beat but overall probably one of the weaker tracks. 6/10
5. Dude (Skit) - The first of various skits, like the skits from Em's album, this is hilarious and leads really well into My Band.
6. My Band - A great, light hearted track, the video tells the story but its so well crafted that its unnecessary. Again, the whole group's here, and there are some great touches, especially Kon and Kuniva's conversation verse, which is similar to Swifty and Kon's convo verse from One Shot, Two Shot on Encore. Its a really funny track as well as being lyrically outstanding. 10/10
7. U R The One - I'm undecided on this one. Another brave one as far as it has everyone but Em on the track, Proof and Kuniva are probably the best on this, and even Bizarre manages to real it in to make the track smooth. This is a nice "Summer" track, and one of the least intense ones on the album, which works in its favour. 8/10
8. 6 In The Morning - A great club banger this, the bass is heavy and the lyrics aren't too fast while still rolling well and although Swifty returns to talking about guns, it seems a welcome return as Em kicks it off as well as providing the catchy chorus. Quintessential D12. 8.5/10
9. How Come - This is another single track, like My Band, and you can tell. Kon's verse here is really good, although Em is the subject matter (Either Em and Proof or Em and Royce Da 5'9"). This is a great track from start to finish, never letting up. 10/10
10. Leave Dat Boy Alone - Probably the weirdest beat on the album, the track is catchy though. Its a long record, and in a way never really invites you to listen too closely. Nothing special, but then again does nothing wrong and again is a bit of a cheeky track. 7.5/10
11. Get My Gun - This is another hilarious track, its due to Em really as the chorus shows as well as his verse. Proof is great again, although the way he spits it makes it a bit hard to hear. Kon is funny as well - as with a lot of the lyrics on this album you have to take them with a pinch of salt. Bizzare ruins it a bit at the end though. 9.5/10
12. Bizzare (Skit) - Maybe the weakest skit, but still funny.
13. Bitch - Another fantastic one for the club, while sounding really sexist, its quite specific in the type of girl its talking about. This is a funny one as well - Bizzare and Em front the humour here, as well as a hilarious convo rap between Kon and Kuniva. A real gem of a track. 10/10
14. Steve's Coffee House (Skit) - I lied earlier. This the worst skit. It remains funny but is cringe inducing.
15. D12 World - The title track is the shortest full track and probably benefits from it. Another one without Em, but still pretty groovy. Again, nothing really special. 7/10
16. 40 Oz. - Club. Tune. This track has a great chanting chorus. It kicks off with Bizzzare who manages not to be too offensive. Em is next, followed by Kuniva and then Proof. If you're not nodding your head to this, its because your neck muscles have been paralysed. 10/10
17. Commercial Break - Young Zee gets a weird chance to shine, I don't know who does the talking here, but it is funny.
18. American Psycho II (Feat. B-Real) - The only Dre produced track on the album and it stands out, especially beat wise. Bizzare is back at his weirdest, but unfortunately he seems to be shown up as the weakest member of the group. 7/10
19. Bugz 97 (Skit) - A sample of Bugz rapping from 1997. This shows that Bugz was a really good rapper and D12 miss him.
20. Good Die Young - About Bugz, this is a really good, serious song. Kon even sings a bit on this track (backing) showing a good range! Bizzare reins it in again, and again it is infinitely better for it. Kuniva's verse is heartfelt as rap gets, and this track stands out as one of the exceptional tracks on this album. Really nice track. 10/10
21. Keep Talkin' - Another hard, aggressive track. We've heard it before, but it still sounds fresh. Proof again has the best verse, followed closely by Swift and Kuniva. Bizzare is rough again, but he's done worse. 8.5/10
I don't have this version of the album, so haven't heard the UK bonus tracks. The album as a whole delivers, and, apart from a few weak tracks (mostly due to Bizzare being excessive - his tactic of saying the most outlandish and offensive things gets very old very quickly) is overall very very good. A bit more polished than Devil's Night, D12 takes the winning formula and delivers some of the same, and some new stuff that you just want to hear again and again.