Dr Dre - 2001
In 1999 Dre unleashed his long-anticipated sequel to 'The Chronic', a vast gangsta rap opus that encompassed ominous strings, soulful vocals & reggae.
Sonically, this is first-rate, straight-up gangsta, with an endless litany of rhymes about guns, drugs, money & women. still, it's clear dre pushed himself hard to find new variations in the formula, re-contextualising various styles & genres into his unique production ethos. featuring a formidable roster of guest vocalists, including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Xzibit & Mary J.Blige, tracks like his genre blurring, Axelrod-sampling 'the next episode', smash hit 'Forgot About Dre' & 'still d.r.e' show a producer, indisputably, at the very top of his game.