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D12 - D12 World A protégé of Dr. Dre, rapper Eminem emerged in 1999 as one of the most controversial rappers to ever grace the genre. Using his biting wit and incredible skills to vent on everything from his unhappy childhood to his contempt for the mainstream media, his success became the biggest crossover success the genre had seen since Dre's solo debut seven years earlier. I got bored of Eminem bitching about his mother, so when he released an album with his band D12 – I had to check that one out. And it turned out to be a fresh and humourous experience - full of those quippy one liners - which only Eminem could pull off. Those boys are back in town again – and D12 World is the name of their latest effort.

Mainly produced by and featuring Eminem, it gives you what you'd expect - strong beats, ironic raps and bizarre alter egos. And full of ironic moments. Could you name a member of D12 other than Eminem! Umm, let’s see…that one short black guy…and the fat guy…and did we already say Eminem? The topic of unacknowledged group members is tackled in the albums first single - My Band - a humorous look at how Eminem is perceived as the “lead singer” of D12. It’s poppy, amusing, and witty but very annoying overall. It’s one of those tunes that seems to be overplayed all the time. From all the Shady Records releases you should know not to prejudge an album by its debut single and this is no exception. Yes, of course there is humour here and plenty of it (if you pay attention to the lyrics) for example Eminem can’t seem to get his gun to work in Get My Gun. After what else would you expect?

The big question though, is D12 World better than their debut Devils Night? With 21 tracks (and several of those being dumb skits) there are really only a few tracks on the whole disc worth replaying. The truth - there's some really run of the mill stuff here, and not a sliver of enlightened thought or vision like Eminem’s solo efforts. It’s a shame - for with all the talent behind them - you would expect more out of D12. Two thumbs down – a boring, lack luster effort.

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