In the post-Motown landscape of Detroit, brothers rocking the mic are still being considered the voice of young America. Yet, instead of dreaming of blue skies and white picket fences, the unruly boys known as D12 create surreal universes of wild times and unruly rhymes. On their bombastic sophomore effort, D12 World, this motley crew of versatile style slayers mixes the rowdiness and absurdities of their lives into one potent cocktail.
Additional personnel: Dina Rae, Truth Hurts (vocals); Jeff Bass (spoken vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass); Obie Trice, Steve Berman (spoken vocals); Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards, bass); Ray Gale (harmonica); Camara Kambon, Scott Storch, Luis Resto (keyboards); DJ Head (programming); Traci Nelson (background vocals).
Producers: Denaun "Kon Artis" Porter, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jeff Bass.
Engineers: Steve King, Mauricio "Veto" Iragorri.
Personnel: Jeff Bass, Mike Elizondo (guitar, keyboards); Luis Resto, Scott Storch, Camara Kambon (keyboards); DJ Head, Denaun Porter (drum programming); Traci Nelson (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dr. Dre; Eminem; Richard Huredia; Steven King.
Recording information: 54 Sound, Detroit, MI; Record One Studios; The Lodge.
Photographer: Joe-Mama Nitzberg.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris Clancy; Paul "Bunyan" Rosenberg.
The presence of Eminem as executive producer, co-writer, and designated white guy, guarantees a considerable amount of attention for hip-hop group D12. Fortunately for Eminem fans, their hero's talents are not squandered on DEVIL'S NIGHT. D12 is presumably a reference to the fact that Mr. Slim Shady moved to Detroit when he was twelve years old, and the same hardcore urban style that informs his own work is a major factor on this group effort. While it's Eminem's starpower that's given D12 a wide audience, this an entirely collective endeavor; each of the rappers in D12 gets an equal amount of time in the spotlight. In this respect, the situation is not unlike that of Nelly's work with St. Lunatics. As the opening tongue-in-cheek disclaimer notes, this album is full of the potentially offensive terms and subjects that made Eminem so controversial, and the album's emotional centerpiece "American Psycho" is a journey into a psyche as deep and dark as any on THE MARSHALL MATHERS LP. Nevertheless, the other members of D12 contribute enough of their own personality to DEVIL'S NIGHT to keep it from being just a busman's holiday.
Rolling Stone (7/19/01, p.49) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...If the SLIM SHADY and MARSHALL MATHERS albums were slapstick trips into one man's psychosis - like the Marx Brothers starring in 'Taxi Driver' - then DEVILS NIGHT is 'Friday the 13th' by the Farrelly brothers....with results varying from silly to just dumb....yet its high points are some of the most accomplished hip-hop we'll hear this year..."
Q (Summer/01, p.100) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A slightly tweaked re-run of The Marshall Mathers LP....with a couple of stonking singles..."
Mixmag (8/01, p.185) - 4 out of 5 - "...Packed full of no-brow humor, funny, self-depreciating lines about bad sex and double stupid juvenile delinquency...The beats are flawless...the rhymes are pretty spot-on. This is the sound of one of the best rappers in the world with the safety off..."
NME (Magazine) (7/7/01, p.32) - 7 out of 10 - "...Eminem's most misogynistic, homophobic, viokent and anally fixated trip to date..."
Every guy in the group plays his part so well on this CD which makes it an instant hip-hop classic. Eminem always delivers with his lyrical style that amazes at every turn, Proof can hold his own against Eminem, Kon Artist and Kuniva tear it up with every verse, Swifty shows his skills and if you thought Eminem was crazy and outlandish wait to you hear Bizarre. This is a must have for hip-hop and Eminem fans. The tracks that stand out for me are 'Fight music', 'Purple Pills', 'Ain't Nuttin' But Music' and 'Revelation'. Buy it and enjoy it.
Buy this album just for three songs, "pimp like me", "purple pills" and "fight music." Of these Pimp like me is my favourite....it has Eminem rapping in it and the beat is one of thoze sleazyy, slow, but mean feeling beats, just plain old good rap. Pimp like me goes into my list of top 1000 rap songs of all time, so for that reason i give this album a big rating of 8/10
These guys are the best group out right now. Every single rapper is AMAZING even Bizarre who is not great so far as flow but probably has the funniest lyrics. This album brought me some of my favorite songs to date including Sh*t Can Happen, Pistol Pistol, Ain't Nuttin' But Music, American Psycho, Fight Music & Revelation. My favorite rappers are Swifty & Eminem but the fact is every one should have a solo album out by now (besides Em, only Proof & Bizarre do... which are my least favorite rappers in the group) Every song is great even the skits are enjoyable. If you don't have this yet, get it
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