D12 World

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D12 World
Studio album by D12
Released April 27, 2004
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre Hip hop, Hardcore Hip hop
Length 77:49
Language English
Label Shady, Interscope
Producer Eminem (exec.)
Mr. Porter, Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo, Kanye West, Hi-Tek, Red Spyda, Trackboyz, Witt & Pep, Luis Resto
D12 chronology
Devil's Night
(2001)
D12 World
(2004)
Singles from D12 World
  1. "My Band"
    Released: March 14, 2004
  2. "How Come"
    Released: June 8, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (58/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX 3.5/5 stars[6]
PopMatters 6/10[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Spin B-[9]
Stylus Magazine F[10]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[11]

D12 World is the second studio album by Detroit hip hop group D12, released on April 27, 2004. The album sold 544,000 copies in its first week on the U.S. Billboard 200.[12] The album is the last D12 album to feature Proof before his death in 2006, and the second D12 album to feature "Bugz" on a track.[13]

Background[edit]

In memory of Bugz, who was killed prior to a concert on May 21, 1999, the group recorded the track "Good Die Young" in memory of him. The album also includes a song entitled "Bugz '97", which is a 1997 recording of Bugz, originally taken from the song "Desperados". The album was often overshadowed by Eminem's massive success, and as such, the band toured without him for promotion of the album. At the time, Eminem was busy recording Encore. Although shadowed by Eminem's success, members Bizarre and Proof managed to prevail with mildly successful solo careers following D12 World, with the releases of Hannicap Circus and Searching for Jerry Garcia in 2005. Before the album's release, "6 in the Morning" was featured on Eminem's 2003 mixtape Straight from the Lab and was entitled "Come On In".

Reception[edit]

D12 World debuted at the top of the U.S., U.K., Irish, Canadian and NZ album charts. It debuted at number 2 in Germany and Australia, and also in the top 5 in Switzerland, Norway and Australia. It debuted in the top 10 in Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It sold over 500,000 records in its first week of release in the United States alone. "My Band", the first single, also has been successful reaching number one in Australia and the U.S. rhythmic top 40, top 5 in the U.K. and Germany and top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Upon release, D12 World received mixed to positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 58, based on 13 reviews, which indicates "mixed or average reviews."[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Git Up"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, Steve King, O. Moore, V. Carlisle Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:03
2. "Loyalty" (featuring Obie Trice) M. Mathers, L. Resto, D. Porter, O. Trice, O. Moore, D. Holton, V. Carlisle, R. Johnson Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 5:54
3. "Just Like U"   T. Cottrell, R. Johnson Hi-Tek, Eminem & Luis Resto (add.) 3:31
4. "I'll Be Damned"   D. Porter, O. Moore, R. Johnson, V. Carlisle Mr. Porter, Eminem & Luis Resto (add.) 4:21
5. "Dude" (skit) Eminem Eminem 1:14
6. "My Band"   D. Porter, O. Moore, D. Holton, V. Carlisle, R. Johnson, M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:58
7. "U R the One"   D. Porter, M. Richardson, M. Elizondo, O. Moore, R. Johnson, D. Holton, V. Carlisle Mr. Porter 4:19
8. "6 in the Morning"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, D. Porter, O. Moore, V. Carlisle Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:38
9. "How Come"   M. Mathers, D. Porter, D. Holton, D. Moore, B. Johnson Witt & Pep 4:09
10. "Leave Dat Boy Alone"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, A. Thelusma, O. Moore, D. Porter, V. Carlisle Red Spyda, Eminem & Luis Resto (add.) 5:23
11. "Get My Gun"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, S. King, O. Moore, V. Carlisle, D. Holton, D. Porter, R. Johnson Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:34
12. "Bizarre" (skit) R. Johnson, Eminem Eminem 1:21
13. "Bitch"   M. Mathers, L. Resto, D. Porter, O. Moore, D. Holton, V. Carlisle, R. Johnson Eminem, Luis Resto (add.) 4:56
14. "Steve's Coffee House" (skit) S. Berman, M. Mathers Eminem 0:51
15. "D-12 World"   K. West, D. Porter, R. Johnson, O. Moore, V. Carlisle, D. Holton Kanye West 3:10
16. "40 Oz."   M. Williams, J. Kent, M. Mathers, R. Johnson, V. Carlisle, D. Holton Trackboyz 4:02
17. "Commercial Break" (featuring Young Zee) D. Porter, Young Zee Mr. Porter 1:12
18. "American Psycho II" (featuring B-Real) A. Young, M. Elizondo, L. Freese, O. Moore, V. Carlisle, R. Johnson, M. Mathers Dr. Dre, Mike Elizondo 3:44
19. "Bugz '97" (skit) (performed by Bugz) K. Pitts, M. Mathers Eminem 1:05
20. "Good Die Young"   D. Porter, S. Rivers, R. Johnson, V. Carlisle, D. Holton, O. Moore, J. R. Rotem, P. Williams Mr. Porter, Ess Man (co.) 5:56
21. "Keep Talkin"   M. Mathers, O. Moore, T. Martinez, G. Hughes, V. Carlisle, R. Johnson, D. Holton, M. Moore Night & Day, Eminem & Luis Resto (add.) 4:28

Notes

  • The skit "Bugz" is taken from the song "Desperados", performed by Eminem, Proof, Bugz & The Almighty Dreadknaughts.
  • The song "Just Like U" doesn't appear on the clean version of the album.
  • The song "Barbershop" can be found on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business soundtrack.
  • The song "Just Like U" contains a sample from "Sir Galahad" by Rick Wakeman.

Personnel[edit]

  • B-Real – Guest Appearance
  • Steve Baughman – Mixing
  • Rondell Beene – Skit
  • Bizarre – Skit
  • Joe Borges – Assistant
  • Bugz – Skit
  • Tony Campana – Engineer
  • Richard Castro – Skit
  • Larry Chatman – Project Coordinator
  • Mike "Chav" Chavarria – Engineer
  • D12 – Group
  • Dr. Dre – Producer, Mixing
  • Mike Elizondo – Keyboards
  • Eminem – Producer, Executive Producer, Mixing, Skit
  • Essman – Producer
  • 50 Cent – Skit
  • Brian "Big Bass" Gardener – Mastering
  • Marcus Heisser – A&R
  • Richard Hunt – Engineer
  • Steven King – Bass, Guitar, Engineer, Mixing, Skit
  • Kuniva – Skit
  • Marc Labelle – A&R
  • Tracy McNew – A&R
  • Riggs Morales – A&R
  • Night and Day – Producer
  • Red Spyda – Keyboards, Producer
  • Luis Resto – Keyboards, Producer
  • Michael Strange – Engineer
  • Obie Trice – Guest Appearance
  • Sacha Waldman – Photography
  • Young Zee – Skit
  • Kanye West – Producer
  • Paul Williams - Songwriter
  • J.R. Rotem - Songwriter

Chart positions[edit]

Charts (2004)[16] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart 2[17]
Austrian Albums Chart 5
Swedish Albums Chart 6
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 9
Canadian Albums Chart 1
Danish Albums Chart 6
Dutch Albums Chart 9
French Albums Chart 9
German Albums Chart 2
Irish Albums Chart 1
New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Norwegian Albums Chart 5
Swiss Albums Chart 3
UK Albums Chart 1
US Billboard 200 1
US Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 1
US Billboard Rap Albums 1

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Preceded by
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Billboard 200 number-one album
May 9, 2004 – May 15, 2004
Succeeded by
Confessions by Usher
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Guns N' Roses
UK number one album
May 8, 2004 – May 14, 2004
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Guns N' Roses
Preceded by
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Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
May 3, 2004 – May 9, 2004
Succeeded by
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