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D12 - World - Album Review

D12
World

‘World’ is the new album by Eminem’s band D12. D12 consist of Eminem, Proof, Bizarre, Kon Artis, Swift and Kuniva. Quite a posse but you have to wonder if they would be known about if it wasn’t for Eminem. I’m not saying this crew isn’t skilled. There are a variety of lyrical deliveries, from the upbeat sharp style of Eminem to lazy deep flow of Bizarre. The others are somewhere in between with some standout moments but nothing compared to the venom and intensity of the Wu Tang Clan. They are obviously well practised but seem to have lost that true angst that makes hip-hop really move you.

D12 - World - Album Review

It’s more fun, comical and downright offensive lyrically. Eminem does lots of catchy chorus’s that gives the songs sing along elements and head bopping effects which is quite trademark these days with Shady Records. Eminem has produced most of the tracks that are funky, distinctive, bouncy and subliminally effective. Dre even features on one of the stand out tracks on the album ‘American Psycho II.’ The music has a real hip-hop feel and uses simple samples that work well.

I don’t feel that I’ve learnt much from this record however they display good hip hop skills that is modern and there is a surprising lack of bling which is a bonus. It’s a formula that works well and sells, so if you like Slim Shady and D12, it’s a bit more of the same so may be worth a purchase. I suppose it’s good that there is so much opportunity to produce hip hop these days, however I hope the days of hip hop being solid and underground aren’t diluted by some self indulgent displays of rock ‘n’ roll hip hop that is featured on this album.

Tareck Ghoneim

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