RELEASE
November 26, 1996
LABEL
Aftermath/Interscope
GENRES
Rap, Gangsta Rap, Urban, Underground Rap, West Coast Rap, G-Funk

Album Review

Dr. Dre shifted directions drastically halfway through 1996, leaving Death Row Records and abandoning gangsta rap, claiming that he had "Been There, Done That." So, Dre founded a new record label, Aftermath, and built an artist roster consisting entirely of new, unproven talent. He also decided not to concentrate on rap, signing urban R&B acts as well as hip-hop. Aftermath's initial release was the various-artists compilation Dr. Dre Presents...The Aftermath and one listen proves that Dre wasn't kidding when he said he wasn't interested in gangsta anymore. There are a number of rappers on The Aftermath, even a handful of hardcore rappers, but nothing fits into the standard G-funk template. The true revelation of the album is Dre's skill for urban R&B and soul, all of which sounds fresh and exciting compared to several of the fairly pedestrian hip-hop tracks. Despite the success of these urban productions, none of the actual performers make much of an impact -- the tracks are impressive only because they demonstrate Dre's musical versatility and skill. In fact, the two tracks that really stand out -- Dre's stately, sexy "Been There Done That" and the powerful "East Coast/West Coast Killas," which features cameos by B-Real, KRS-One, Nas, and RBX -- are a combination of terrific production and personality, which is usually what results in great singles. But that doesn't mean that The Aftermath is a washout. Instead, it's a promising fresh start for Dre that is full of potential and enough great music to make it a vital listen.
Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Aftermath (The Intro)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  2. East Coast/West Coast Killashttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  3. Sh**tin' on the Worldhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  4. Blunt Timehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  5. Been There Done Thathttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  6. Choiceshttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  7. As the World Keeps Turninghttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  8. Got Me Openhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  9. STR-8 Gonehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  10. Pleasehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  11. Do 4 Lovehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  12. Sexy Dancehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  13. No Second Chancehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  14. L.A.W. (Lyrical Assault Weapon)http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  15. Nationowlhttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
  16. Famehttp://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?uo=5&id=3450160
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