Cheers (album)

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This article is about the album by Obie Trice. For the album by Burl Ives, see Burl Ives.
Cheers
Studio album by Obie Trice
Released September 23, 2003
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Hip hop
Length 74:27
Label Shady, Interscope
Producer Eminem (exec.)
Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo, Luis Resto, Timbaland, Emile, Denaun Porter, Fredwreck, DJ Muggs, DJ Green Lantern
Obie Trice chronology
Cheers
(2003)
Second Round's on Me
(2006)
Singles from Cheers
  1. "Got Some Teeth"
    Released: August 12, 2003
  2. "Shit Hits the Fan"
    Released: November 3, 2003
  3. "The Set Up"
    Released: January 13, 2004

Cheers is the debut studio album by rapper Obie Trice, released on September 23, 2003 after he was signed to Shady Records in 2000. The title track "Cheers" celebrates Obie's successful debut into the rap game after being in the Detroit underground for many years. The album's title is a homage to the long running NBC sitcom of the same name, and the album cover features a logo similar to that used on the show.

The album consists of 17 tracks, with executive production from Eminem, and additional production by Dr. Dre, Timbaland, Mike Elizondo, Emile, Fredwreck and Denaun Porter. Artists featuring on Cheers include Busta Rhymes, D12, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, 50 Cent, Lloyd Banks, Timbaland, and Tony Yayo

Topics Obie has touched on this album include his life on the streets of Detroit, problems with his mother, relationships with women and the soulful reminder that, despite having made it into the mainstream, he has not forgotten his friends.

The album debuted at number 5 on the Billboard 200 with 226,000 copies sold in its first week and has sold over 1.4 million worldwide [1]

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Blender 4/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews.com (8.5/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[6]
The Situation 3.5/5 stars[7]
UKMix 4/5 stars[8]
USA Today 3.5/4 stars[9]

Upon its release, Cheers received positive reviews from most music critics.[10] At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 73, based on 12 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews".[10]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Average Man"   Obie Trice, Marshall Mathers, Luis Resto, Steven King Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:16
2. "Cheers"   O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King Eminem 3:34
3. "Got Some Teeth"   O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King, Anne Dudley, T. Horn, M. McLaren Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 3:47
4. "Lady" (featuring Eminem) O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:45
5. "Don't Come Down"   O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, E. Haynie, W. Rineheart Emile, Eminem (co.) 5:11
6. "The Set Up" (featuring Nate Dogg) O. Trice, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo, N. Hale Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.) 3:13
7. "Bad Bitch" (featuring Timbaland) O. Trice, T. Mosley Timbaland 4:09
8. "Shit Hits the Fan" (featuring Dr. Dre and Eminem) O. Trice, M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.) 4:53
9. "Follow my Life"   O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, Ernie Isley, M. Isley, O. Isley, Ron Isley, Chris Jasper, F. Nassar, C. Wallace Fredwreck, Eminem (co.) 3:55
10. "We All Die One Day" (featuring Lloyd Banks, Eminem, 50 Cent & Tony Yayo) O. Trice, M. Mathers, Curtis Jackson, C. Lloyd Eminem 5:29
11. "Spread Yo Shit" (featuring Mr. Porter) O. Trice, D. Porter, L. Resto, S. King Mr. Porter 4:03
12. "Look in My Eyes" (featuring Nate Dogg) O. Trice, M. Mathers, A. Young, M. Elizondo, N. Hale Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.) 4:50
13. "Hands on You" (featuring Eminem) O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto Eminem 5:12
14. "Hoodrats"   O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, E. Haynie Emile, Eminem (co.) 4:12
15. "Oh!" (featuring Busta Rhymes) O. Trice, M. Mathers, M. Elizondo, T. Smith Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo (co.) 4:30
16. "Never Forget Ya"   O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King, Jeff Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (co.) 4:27
17. "Outro" (featuring D12) O. Trice, M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King, Rufus Johnson, DeShaun Holton, V. Carlisle, O. Moore Eminem 4:02

Samples[edit]

  • "Got Some Teeth" contains resung elements from "Without Me" by Eminem
  • "Spread Yo Shit" samples from "Blow My Buzz" by D12
  • "Don't Come Down" samples from "When You Believe" by Quincy Jones & Tata
  • "Follow My Life" samples from "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G.

Singles[edit]

Diss songs[edit]

"Shit Hits the Fan"[edit]

The track "Shit Hits the Fan" is a track which insults Ja Rule. Examples of disses from Dr. Dre in the track are: "This little nigga, Ja Rule, Talking bout he's gonna slap me, Nigga please, you gotta jump and swing up to hit me at the knees." At the end of the song, Obie spoke over the beat telling Ja Rule to, "Go behind all the gangsta's you want. Matter of fact get every gangsta from every hood in the United States of America to back you. Ain't nobody reppin' with you, you cant see that?" This was intended to mock Ja Rule's street credibility, declaring that no one was backing him again and that he "fell off."

"We All Die One Day"[edit]

The track "We All Die One Day" is a diss to Benzino and The Source. Examples from Lloyd Banks include a subliminal shot at Ja Rule and Irv Gotti like, 'Your boss and your captain soft'. Eminem dissed The Source with lines like, 'We burn Source covers like fuckin' Cypress Hill'.

"Outro"[edit]

The track "Outro", which features D12 in the song, was a diss to Murda Inc. and Benzino.

Chart positions[edit]

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
2003 Cheers 5 3

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