2001 (non explicit version)
in 1999 dre unleashed his long-anticipated sequel to 'the chronic', a vast gangsta rap opus that encompassed ominous strings, soulful vocals & reggae.
sonically, this is first-rate, straight-up gangsta, with an endless litany of rhymes about guns, drugs, money & women. still, it's clear dre pushed himself hard to find new variations in the formula, re-contextualising various styles & genres into his unique production ethos. featuring a formidable roster of guest vocalists, including eminem, snoop dogg, nate dogg, xzibit & mary j. blige, tracks like his genre blurring, axelrod-sampling 'the next episode', smash hit 'forgot about dre' & 'still d.r.e' show a producer, indisputably, at the very top of his game.