Devil's Night (album)

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Devil's Night
Devil's Night.jpg
Studio album by D12
Released June 19, 2001
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre Hip hop, hardcore hip hop, horrorcore[1]
Length 75:23
Producer Dr. Dre, Eminem (also exec.), Denaun Porter, DJ Head, Jeff Bass
D12 chronology
Devils Night
D12 World
(2004)D12 World2004
Singles from Devil's Night
  1. "Shit on You"
    Released: March 5, 2001
  2. "Purple Pills"
    Released: June 5, 2001
  3. "Ain't Nuttin' but Music"
    Released: October 2, 2001
  4. "Fight Music"
    Released: January 24, 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (58/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club (mixed)[4]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
HipHopDX 4/5 stars[6]
NME 7/10[11]
Q 3/5 stars[2]
RapReviews 7.5/10[7]
Robert Christgau C[8]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
The Source 3.5/5 stars[9]

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, Dilated Peoples, 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 during the first week of release.[12]

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, while 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.[citation needed]

Guest appearances on the album included Dr. Dre, Obie Trice, Truth Hurts, and Dina Rae.

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".

Censored material[edit]

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.[citation needed] The "Dirty Edition" was available in both Europe and the United Kingdom.[citation needed] However, some versions swap the running order, making "Shit on You" track three and "These Drugs" track one.[citation needed] The rare censored version of the album did not remove all expletives, as words like "ass", "asshole", "faggot", "nigga", "pussy", "hoe", "whore", "slut", "tits" and "goddamn" were permissible on the album, as well as most sex references. Mostly violence and heavy drug use are removed on the edited version.

There were several songs that contained censored parts, even in the explicit version of the album:[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] In the song "Shit Can Happen", the word "cops" is censored again in Eminem's verse when he says "when the cops come knocking".[citation needed] In the song "Purple Pills" the word "infant" is removed from Proof's verse when he says "now I gotta strangle an infant".[citation needed] 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.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

Critical reception[edit]

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.[2] 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."[10] AllMusic wrote "Besides the remarkable production, Eminem also showcases his songwriting genius on several of the song's hooks, bringing a catchy pop-rap approach to hardcore lyrics." [13]

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."[14]

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."[11] 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.[9]

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 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 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" (featuring Obie Trice)   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 5:48
19. "Girls" (Limp Bizkit Diss) (hidden track) Mathers, Luis Resto Eminem 5:35
Sample credits
  • "Shit Can Happen" contains a sample of "Just Another Case" as performed by Cru
  • "Pistol Pistol" contains a sample of "Kick in the Door" as performed by The Notorious B.I.G.
  • "Nasty Mind" contains a sample of "Ain't No Fun" as performed by Snoop Dogg
  • "Ain't Nuttin' but Music" contains a sample of "Turn Off the Radio" as performed by Ice Cube
  • "That's How..." contains a sample of "If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go" as performed by Curtis Mayfield
  • "Fight Music" contains a sample of "Kashmir" as performed by Led Zeppelin
  • "Instigator" contains a sample of "Under the Influence" as performed by D12
  • "Revelation" contains a sample of "Another Brick in the Wall (Part II)" as performed by Pink Floyd
  • "Girls" contains a sample of "Rollin'" as performed by Limp Bizkit


Chart positions[edit]

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


  • United States - 2x Platinum (2,100,000)
  • Canada - Platinum (300,000)
  • United Kingdom - Platinum (421,980)[15]
  • France - Gold (150,500)
  • Germany - Gold (100,000)
  • Australia - Platinum (70,000)
  • Japan - Platinum (60,000)


  1. ^ "Eminem's Greatest Hits Reconsidered". MTV. 
  2. ^ a b c "Critic Reviews for Devil's Night". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  3. ^ Allmusic review
  4. ^ Rabin, Nathan (2002-04-19). "D12: Devil's Night". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  5. ^ Browne, David (2001-06-29). "Devils Night Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  6. ^ HipHopDX (21 June 2001). "D12 - Devil's Night". HipHopDX. 
  7. ^ " Feature for June 19, 2001 - D12's "Devils Night"". 
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: D12". Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  9. ^ a b Clip from film Beef III. Shot of Source review 04.40 minutes in [1] Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ a b Kessler, Ted (2001-07-03). "NME Album Review - D12: Devil's Night". NME. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  12. ^ "Devilish D12 Debut At No. 1". Billboard. 
  13. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "All Music Overview". Retrieved 5 July 2016. 
  14. ^ Q Magazine(Summer/01, p.100) Retrieved 2012-02-23.
  15. ^ Jones, Alan (November 11, 2013). "Official Charts Analysis: Eminem LP sells 157k in week one". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved November 6, 2015. (Subscription required (help)). 

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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