Devil's Night (album)

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Devil's Night
Studio album by D12
Released June 19, 2001
Recorded 2000-2001
Genre Midwest Hip Hop, Hardcore hip hop, Horrorcore
Length 75:23
Label Shady, Interscope
Producer Dr. Dre, Eminem, Denaun Porter, DJ Head, Scott Storch, Jeff Bass, Mike Elizondo, Luis Resto
D12 chronology
Devils Night
D12 World
Singles from Devil's Night
  1. "Purple Pills"
    Released: July 9, 2001
  2. "Ain't Nuttin' But Music"
    Released: October 2, 2001
  3. "Fight Music"
    Released: January 24, 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (58/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[4]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[5]
NME 7/10[6]
Q 3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews 7.5/10[7]
Robert Christgau C[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[9]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[10]

Devil's Night is the debut studio album by Detroit hip hop group D12, released on June 19, 2001.


The album was executively produced by Eminem, who had recently released his hugely successful third studio album, The Marshall Mathers LP, a year earlier. The album's title comes from the Devil's Night tradition, recognized in and around Detroit in which abandoned homes are set ablaze. This practice was so popular in Detroit that it was depicted in the film 8 Mile. The album produced three singles: "Purple Pills", "Ain't Nuttin' But Music", and "Fight Music". The album featured a hidden track by Eminem called "Girls", which is a diss track aimed at Limp Bizkit, DJ Lethal, and Everlast. Devil's Night was also the first album to be released on Eminem's Shady Records label, although the label has been active since 1999. The album debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 with approximately 372,000 copies sold on the week of release.[11]


Upon its release, Devil's Night received a score of 58 out of 100 from Metacritic due to mixed or average reviews from music critics.[1] Nathan Brackett of Rolling Stone gave the album 3 stars out of 5, saying that "If the Slim Shady and Marshall Mathers albums were slapstick trips into one man's psychosis - like the Marx Brothers starring in 'Taxi Driver' - then Devil's Night is 'Friday the 13th' by the Farrelly brothers....with results varying from silly to just dumb....yet its high points are some of the most accomplished hip-hop we'll hear this year."[9]

Q Magazine also awarded it 3 stars out of 5, commenting, "A slightly tweaked re-run of The Marshall Mathers LP, with a couple of stonking singles."[12]

NME gave Devil's Night a 7 out of 10, stating that it is "Eminem's most misogynistic, homophobic, violent and anally fixated trip to date."[6] The Source gave the record 3 and half, out of 5 mics. As many of the magazines editors were feuding with D12 at the time of the review, namely Benzino, the rating is usually considered biased.[10]


The group recorded Devil's Night in memory of Bugz, who was killed in May 1999 just hours prior to a concert.


In August 2001, whilst on promotion for the album, D12 and Esham were kicked off the Warped Tour after members of the group allegedly physically attacked Esham over the lyrics of his song "Chemical Imbalance," which contained a reference to Eminem's daughter. Eminem was not present during the tour. D12, minus Eminem, recorded an appearance for Tech N9ne's 2002 album Absolute Power, on the track "She-Devil", which they originally recorded for Devil's Night. However, it failed to make the final tracklisting.[citation needed]

The song "Revelation" parodies "Another Brick In The Wall Pt II", where there are kids screaming and Eminem shouting "Wrong! Do it again!" and "If you don't eat yer meat, you can't have any pudding! You can't have any pudding if you don't eat yer meat!". During the chorus, Eminem also parodies the original "Another Brick In The Wall", by rapping: "I don't wanna go to school, I don't need no education". The song "Girls" features a reference to Limp Bizkit's song "Rollin' (Air Raid Vehicle)". The song "These Drugs" is featured on the soundtrack of the horror movie Bones. On the censored version of the album, alternate versions of "Purple Pills" and "Fight Music" were included, entitled "Purple Hills" and "Flight Music". "Shit Can Happen", "Pistol Pistol", and "Pimp Like Me", were also edited, removing the offensive content from their titles. The "Dirty Edition" was available in both Europe and the United Kingdom. However, some versions swap the running order, making "Shit on You" track three and "These Drugs" track one.

There were several songs that contained censored parts, even in the explicit version of the album. In the song "Pistol Pistol", Kon Artis' line "some semi-automatic for static's the motto, spitting like Columbine kids from Colorado" was censored, with the phrase "Columbine kids" removed and replaced with the sound of kids screaming. Eminem also had a censored line at the end of the song, where he said "Sorry cops, fucking pigs" with the words "cops" and "pigs" removed. In the song "Shit Can Happen", the word "cops" is censored again in Eminem's verse when he says "when the cops come knocking". In the song "Purple Pills" the word "infant" is removed from Proof's verse when he says "now I gotta strangle an infant". In the song "Instigator", when Proof says "convinced a tenth grader to run up inside his classroom and leave the kids sprayed up" the phrase "sprayed up" is removed. In the song "Devil's Night", Kuniva's line is censored when he says "and when it blast, it'll take off every piece of your niece, from her barrettes to her cheeks to her cute little feet" with the word "niece" removed and replaced with the sound of a girl's scream.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Another Public Service Announcement" (skit by Jeff Bass & Rondell Beene)     0:49
2. "Shit Can Happen"   Marshall Mathers, Denaun Porter, Von Carlisle, Ondre Moore, Jeff Bass Denaun Porter 4:52
3. "Pistol Pistol"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Rufus Johnson, DeShaun Holton Eminem, Denaun Porter (add.) 5:23
4. "Bizarre" (skit by Bizarre)     1:12
5. "Nasty Mind" (featuring Truth Hurts) Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Andre Young, Mike Elizondo Dr. Dre 4:43
6. "Ain't Nuttin' But Music" (featuring Dr. Dre) Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Young, Elizondo, Scott Storch Dr. Dre & Scott Storch 5:11
7. "American Psycho"   Mathers, Porter, Johnson, Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (add.) 4:36
8. "That's How" (skit)     0:37
9. "That's How..."   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Bass Denaun Porter, Eminem (co.) 4:49
10. "Purple Pills"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (add.) 5:05
11. "Fight Music"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Young, Elizondo Dr. Dre & Scott Storch 4:22
12. "Instigator"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Holton, Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (co.) 4:58
13. "Pimp Like Me" (featuring Dina Rae) Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (add.) 5:57
14. "Blow My Buzz"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (co) 5:10
15. "Obie Trice" (skit by Obie Trice & Rondell Beene)   Denaun Porter 1:07
16. "Devil's Night"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Bass Eminem, Jeff Bass (co) 4:19
17. "Steve Berman" (skit by Steve Berman & Eminem) Paul Rosenberg, Dean Geistlinger   0:50
18. "Revelation"   Mathers, Porter, Carlisle, Moore, Johnson, Holton, Young, Elizondo, Storch Dr. Dre & Scott Storch 5:48
19. "Girls" (Limp Bizkit Diss) (Hidden Track) Mathers, Luis Resto Eminem 5:35
Sample credits
  • "Fight Music" contains a sample of "Kashmir" as performed by Led Zeppelin
  • "Revelation" contains a sample of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" as performed by Pink Floyd
  • "That's How" contains a sample of "If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" as performed by Curtis Mayfield
  • "Nasty Mind" contains a sample of "Ain't No Fun" as performed by Snoop Dogg
  • "Girls" contains a sample of "Rollin'" as performed by Limp Bizkit
  • "Pistol Pistol" contains a sample of "Kick in the Door" as performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Shit Can Happen" contains a sample of "Just Another Case" as performed by Cru
  • "Instigator" contains a sample of "Under the Influence" as performed by D12
  • "Ain't Nuttin' but Music" contains a sample of "Turn Off the Radio" as performed by Ice Cube

Musical personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
2001 Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 2
Swedish Album Chart 9


  • USA -2x Platinum (2,100,000)
  • Canada - Platinum (300,000)
  • UK - Platinum (300,000)
  • France - Gold (150,500)
  • Germany - Gold (100,000)
  • Australia - Platinum (70,000)
  • Japan - Platinum (60,000)


  1. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Devil's Night". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2002-04-19). "D12: Devil's Night". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (2001-06-29). "Devils Night Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ HipHopDX review
  6. ^ a b Kessler, Ted (2001-07-03). "NME Album Review - D12: Devil's Night". NME. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  7. ^ RapReviews review
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: D12". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  9. ^ a b Brackett, Nathan (2001-07-19). "Recordings: D12, Devil's Night". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2001-08-02. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  10. ^ a b Clip from film Beef III. Shot of Source review 04.40 minutes in [1] Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  11. ^
  12. ^ Q Magazine(Summer/01, p.100) Retrieved 2012-02-23.

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Preceded by
Take Off Your Pants and Jacket by Blink-182
Songs in A Minor by Alicia Keys
Billboard 200 number-one album
July 7–13, 2001
July 21–27, 2001
Succeeded by
Songs in A Minor by Alicia Keys