The 1996 album's first single, a Dre solo, is the only track with Dre as main vocalist, "Been There, Done That." The second single was "East Coast/West Coast Killas," prominent rappers from California, New York, and Texas rebuking rap's recently ugly East–West "war." A platinum seller, the album peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and at #3 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop-Albums charts. Nonetheless, quite unlike Dre's prior album—The Chronic, released in December 1992 as Dre's debut solo album and Death Row Records' first album—Dre's new offering, not a standout, received mixed reviews and lukewarm appraisals.
The Glove, among the album's coproducers, reasoned, "People were upset because they wanted a 'Dr. Dre' album. They weren't looking for a compilation album. That's what messed that up. Plus the single 'Been There, Done That' was cool, but it was taking away from the gangster style that people wanted." Himself commenting on the album, Dre remarked, "It was just okay. That was a hit and miss." More broadly, Dre explained, "That point of my life, musically, it was just off balance. I was off track then and trying to find it. It was a period of doubt. . . It happens with artists. Everything isn't going to be out of the park."
^The exact facts of Dre's contractual status with Ruthless Records and of his cofounding Death Row Records are debated, yet in practice, at least, Dre left Ruthless in 1991 while finishing N.W.A's final album and forming Death Row amid financing and assistance now often overlooked, but with Dre himself and Suge Knight as its core founders. For major story versions, see Ben Westhoff, "We know where your mother lives", Original Gangstas: The Untold Story (New York & London: Hachette, 2017).