By: Lewis Mata
Andre Romelle Young, also known as Dr. Dre, is a rap and hip-hop artist from Compton, California. He rose to fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s as his rap group, N.W.A, gained more and more notoriety. With his controversial music, Dr. Dre became a household name in the west coast rap game as well as the whole music industry. Dr. Dre went on to release numerous albums, one of which became very popular in the early 2000s.
2001 was recorded and produced by Dr. Dre and released to the public in 1999. There were multiple features by Snoop Doggy Dogg, an artist who is well known in the entire music industry thanks to the promotion of Dr. Dre, as well as many other famous artists. The 2001 album strays away from Dr. Dre’s original sound a bit; he replaces a few of his gangsta rap beats with some beats that seem better suited for the club. The twenty-two song tracklist has a variety of gangsta rap and more rhythmical or R&B songs.
Dr. Dre talks about many issues facing hip-hop and rap throughout his album, but my favorite song is track number twenty-two, “The Message.” “The Message” is a slower song meant to really hit you in the feelers. Mary J. Blige was the featured vocalist in the track, and sang the chorus as well as back up vocals for Dr. Dre. This song portrays a sense of pain that Dr. Dre doesn’t often show through his music. Dr. Dre is notorious for his violent and even frightening music about the Compton ghettos, but this track did not assimilate.
“The Message” was a track that Dre made for his half-brother Tyree Du Sean Crayon who had died while he was on tour in 1990. The song portrays Dre’s denial and sorrow about his brother’s passing. “The Message” is an amazing song, just as the entire 2001 album is amazing. If I had to give it a rating I would give it a five out of five and would recommend to anyone who enjoys West Coast hip-hop and rap, or to anyone who likes music.