Cheers (album)

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Cheers
ObieTrice-Cheers.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 2003
Recorded2002–03
Genre
Length74:27
Label
Producer
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 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.

Content[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

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.[1] It went on to be certified Gold in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic73/100
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
HipHopDX4/5 stars[4]
RapReviews.com(8.5/10)[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Situation3.5/5 stars[7]
UKMix4/5 stars[8]
USA Today3.5/4 stars[9]
The Village VoiceC+[10]

Upon its release, Cheers received positive reviews from most music critics.[11] 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".[11]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Average Man"4:16
2."Cheers"
  • Trice
  • Mathers
  • Resto
  • King
3:34
3."Got Some Teeth"
3:47
4."Lady" (featuring Eminem)
  • Trice
  • Mathers
  • Resto
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)Timbaland4:09
8."Shit Hits the Fan" (featuring Dr. Dre and Eminem)
  • Trice
  • Mathers
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo[b]
4:53
9."Follow My Life"3:55
10."We All Die One Day" (featuring Lloyd Banks, Eminem and 50 Cent)Eminem5:29
11."Spread Yo Shit" (featuring Kon Artis of D12)
Mr. Porter4:03
12."Look in My Eyes" (featuring Nate Dogg)
  • Trice
  • Mathers
  • Hale
  • Young
  • Elizondo
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo[b]
4:50
13."Hands on You" (featuring Eminem)
  • Trice
  • Mathers
  • Resto
5:12
14."Hoodrats"
  • Trice
  • Mathers
  • Haynie
  • Resto
4:12
15."Oh!" (featuring Busta Rhymes)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Elizondo[b]
4:30
16."Never Forget Ya"
4:27
17."Outro" (featuring Eminem, Swifty McVay, Kuniva, Proof and Bizarre of D12)
4:02

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer.

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 & 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

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 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"[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 Murder Inc. Records and Benzino.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Position
Official New Zealand Music Chart 17[12]
UK Albums Chart 11[13]
US Billboard 200 5
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[14] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[15] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "OutKast Leads Nine New Top-20 Chart Entries". Billboard.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Blender review[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ HipHopDX review
  5. ^ RapReviews.com review
  6. ^ Rolling Stone review
  7. ^ The Situation review Archived November 22, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ UKMix review
  9. ^ USA Today review
  10. ^ Christgau, Robert (December 2, 2003). "Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot 2003". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  11. ^ a b Cheers (2003): Reviews. Metacritic. Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  12. ^ "NZ Top Albums Chart". Official New Zealand Music Chart.
  13. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". OfficialCharts.com.
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  15. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Official New Zealand Music Chart.
  16. ^ "Award - bpi". British Phonographic Industry.
  17. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America.