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|Released||September 23, 2003|
|Obie Trice chronology|
|Singles from Cheers|
Cheers is the debut studio album by American rapper Obie Trice. It was released on September 23, 2003 by Shady Records and Interscope Records. Eminem served as the executive producer for this album. This album serves as his first release from Shady Records since being signed in 2000.
The title track "Cheers" celebrates Obie's successful debut into the rap game after being in the Detroit underground for many years. 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.
Recording and production
The album was recorded between 2002 and 2003, since being signed to Shady Records in 2000. The standard edition of the album consisted of seventeen tracks; Eminem served as executive producer and handled most of the audio production by himself. Additional audio production was provided by Denaun Porter, Dr. Dre, Emile, Fredwreck, Jeff Bass, Luis Resto, Mike Elizondo and Timbaland.The bonus tracks "8 Miles" and "Synopsis" had their audio production handled by DJ Green Lantern and DJ Muggs, respectively. Featured artists on Cheers include Eminem, Nate Dogg, Timbaland, Lloyd Banks, 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, D12 and Busta Rhymes.
Artwork and packaging
The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with 226,000 copies sold in its first week. It went on to be certified Gold in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.
|The Village Voice||C+|
Upon its release, Cheers received positive reviews from most music critics. 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".
|3.||"Got Some Teeth"||3:47|
|4.||"Lady" (featuring Eminem)||4:45|
|5.||"Don't Come Down"||5:11|
|6.||"The Set Up (You Don't Know)" (featuring Nate Dogg)||3:13|
|7.||"Bad Bitch" (featuring Timbaland)||Timbaland||4:09|
|8.||"Shit Hits the Fan" (featuring Dr. Dre and Eminem)||4:53|
|9.||"Follow My Life"||3:55|
|10.||"We All Die One Day" (featuring Lloyd Banks, Eminem and 50 Cent)||Eminem||5:29|
|11.||"Spread Yo Shit" (featuring Kon Artis of D12)||Mr. Porter||4:03|
|12.||"Look in My Eyes" (featuring Nate Dogg)||4:50|
|13.||"Hands on You" (featuring Eminem)||5:12|
|15.||"Oh!" (featuring Busta Rhymes)||4:30|
|16.||"Never Forget Ya"||4:27|
|17.||"Outro" (featuring Eminem, Swifty McVay, Kuniva, Proof and Bizarre of D12)||4:02|
|18.||"8 Miles"||DJ Muggs||3:57|
|19.||"Synopsis"||DJ Green Lantern||1:18|
- "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 & Táta Vega
- "Follow My Life" samples from "Big Poppa" by Notorious B.I.G.
- "Outro" contains resung elements from "When the Music Stops" by D12
- "Got Some Teeth" (2003)
- "Shit Hits the Fan" (featuring Dr. Dre & Eminem) (2003)
- "The Set Up" (featuring Nate Dogg) (2003)
- "Don't Come Down" (2004)
"Shit Hits the Fan"
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 can't 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"
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'.
|Official New Zealand Music Chart||17|
|UK Albums Chart||11|
|US Billboard 200||5|
|Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||3|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Gold||7,500^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Gold||100,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Gold||500,000^|
*sales figures based on certification alone
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- Allmusic review
- Blender review[permanent dead link]
- HipHopDX review
- RapReviews.com review
- Rolling Stone review
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- UKMix review
- USA Today review
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