D12 World

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D12 World
D12 World.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 27, 2004
Recorded2003–04
Genre
Length77:49
LanguageEnglish
Label
Producer
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
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[3]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
The Guardian3/5 stars[6]
HipHopDX3.5/5 stars[7]
PopMatters6/10[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
SpinB-[10]
Stylus3/10[11]
Vibe3.5/5 stars[12]

D12 World is the second and final 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.[13] 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.[14]

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 skit entitled "Bugz '97", which is a 1997 recording of Bugz, originally taken from the song "Desperados". The band was often overshadowed by Eminem's massive success, and as such, the band toured without him for promotion of the album (but the album still reached the top of the US Billboard chart). 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, respectively, 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".

Singles[edit]

The album produced two singles, My Band and How Come, which were released on March 14, 2004 and June 8, 2004, respectively.

Production[edit]

The album was executivly produced by Eminem, who also handled most of the audio production for the album along with Denaun Porter, Dr. Dre, Essman, Hi-Tek, Kanye West, Luis Resto, Mike Elizondo, Night & Day, Red Spyda, Trackboyz and Witt & Pep. Guest appearances on the album included Obie Trice, Dina Rae, Young Zee and B-Real.

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

D12 World debuted at the top of the US, UK, Irish, Canadian, Australian and NZ albums charts. It debuted at number 2 in Germany and also in the top 5 in Switzerland and Norway. It debuted in the top 10 in Sweden, Denmark, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. It sold about 544,000 records in its first week of release in the United States alone, becoming the best performing sales week for a hip hop release of 2004 until the release of Eminem's Encore. Ultimately the album was certified double platinum, having a twenty-eight week stay on the chart overall.[15] The album has sold 323,649 copies in the UK as of December 2017.[16]

"My Band", the first single, was also successful, reaching number one in Australia and on the US rhythmic top 40, the top 5 in the UK and Germany and top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Critical[edit]

Upon release, D12 World received mixed 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, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[1]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Git Up"4:03
2."Loyalty" (featuring Obie Trice)
5:54
3."Just Like U"
3:31
4."I'll Be Damned"
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
4:21
5."Dude" (skit)MathersEminem1:14
6."My Band"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
  • King
4:58
7."U R the One"
Mr. Porter4:19
8."6 in the Morning (Come On In)"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Resto
4:38
9."How Come"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Holton
  • Bryan Johnson
  • Dewitt Moore
Witt & Pep4:09
10."Leave Dat Boy Alone"
5:23
11."Get My Gun"
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
  • King
4:34
12."Bizarre" (skit)
  • Johnson
  • Mathers
Eminem1:21
13."Bitch" (featuring Dina Rae)
  • Mathers
  • Porter
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Resto
4:56
14."Steve's Coffee House" (skit)
  • Steve Berman
  • Mathers
Eminem0:51
15."D-12 World"
Kanye West3:10
16."40 Oz."
Trackboyz4:02
17."Commercial Break" (featuring Young Zee)Mr. Porter1:12
18."American Psycho II" (featuring B-Real)
3:44
19."Bugz '97" (skit) (performed by Bugz)
  • Karnail Pitts
  • Mathers
Eminem1:05
20."Good Die Young"
5:56
21."Keep Talkin'" (bonus track)
  • Mathers
  • Carlisle
  • Moore
  • Johnson
  • Holton
  • Gasner Hughes
  • Tonyatta Martinez
  • M. Moore
4:28

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer.
  • ^[b] signifies a co-producer.
  • The skit "Bugz" is taken from the song "Desperados", performed by DJ Butter, Eminem, Proof, Bugz & the Almighty Dreadnaughtz.
  • The song "Just Like U" does not appear on the clean version of the album.
  • The song "Get My Gun" is an unlockable song in the 2006 open-world game Scarface: The World Is Yours.
  • The song "Barbershop" can be found on the Barbershop 2: Back in Business soundtrack.
  • The clean version of the album allows "ass" to be uncensored but few uses of the word "hell", some references to alcohol use, most references to drugs, sexual content, and violence are edited out, although all sound effects remain intact.

Sample credits

  • 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 - Keyboards, Songwriter

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004)[19] Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[20] 1
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

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[21] Platinum 70,000^
Germany (BVMI)[22] Gold 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[23] Platinum 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 323,649[26]^
United States (RIAA)[27] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Summaries
Worldwide 4,000,000

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

References[edit]

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  2. ^ AllMusic review
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  4. ^ "Robert Christgau: CG: D12". robertchristgau.com.
  5. ^ Endelman, Michael (April 27, 2004). "D12 World". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on April 26, 2009.
  6. ^ Caroline Sullivan. "CD: D12, D12 World". the Guardian. Archived from the original on July 5, 2004.
  7. ^ J-23 (April 30, 2004). "D12 - D12 World". HipHopDX. Archived from the original on May 31, 2004.
  8. ^ "D12". PopMatters.
  9. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2006.
  10. ^ Norris, Chris (June 2004), "D12: D12 World", Spin, 20 (6), p. 103
  11. ^ McKeating, Scott (April 29, 2004). "D12 - D12 World". Stylus. Archived from the original on December 20, 2004.
  12. ^ Callahan-Bever, Noah (June 2004), "D12: D12 World", Vibe, 12 (6), p. 157
  13. ^ "D12's Opening Sales Rate Retail Raves". Retrieved December 11, 2001.
  14. ^ Billboard. Google Books. Retrieved December 11, 2001.
  15. ^ "D12 D12 World Chart History - Billboard". Billboard.
  16. ^ Jones, Alan (December 22, 2017). "Charts Analysis: Eminem's Revival debuts at No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved October 22, 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
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  19. ^ "D12 World ratings". Retrieved December 11, 2001.
  20. ^ "Australian charts" (PDF). ARIA Charts. May 5, 2004.
  21. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2004 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  22. ^ "BVMI - Database". Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
  23. ^ "Japanese album certifications – D12" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  24. ^ "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Official New Zealand Music Chart.
  25. ^ "Award - bpi". British Phonographic Industry.
  26. ^ Jones, Alan (December 22, 2017). "Charts Analysis: Eminem's Revival debuts at No.1". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved October 22, 2018. (Subscription required (help)).
  27. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". Recording Industry Association of America.

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