On this day, exactly 17 years ago, Dr. Dre released his second solo studio album 2001, featuring The D.O.C., Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and Eminem. The record was produced primarily by Dr. Dre and Mel-Man, as well as Lord Finesse. 2001 exhibits an expansion on his debut’s G-funk sound and contains gangsta rap themes such as violence, promiscuity, drug use, street gangs, and crime.
The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 516,000 copies in its first week. It also entered at number one on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album was successful in Canada, where it reached number 2 on the charts. The record was mildly successful in Europe, reaching number 4 in the United Kingdom, number 7 in Ireland, number 15 in France, number 17 in the Netherlands and number 26 in Norway. It peaked at number 11 on the New Zealand album chart. Closing out the year of 2000, the album was number 5 on the Billboard Top Albums and number one on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It re-entered the charts in 2003, peaking on the UK Albums Top 75 at number 61 and on the Ireland Albums Top 75 at number 30.
It produced three singles that attained chart success and has been certified sextuple platinum in sales by the RIAA; as of August 2016 the album has sold 7,850,000 copies in the United States. 2001 received mostly positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the music although some found the lyrics objectionable.
The third single, “The Next Episode” was nominated at the 2001 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, but the award went to another single from the same album to Dr. Dre and Eminem for “Forgot About Dre”. The album received mixed reviews from critics.
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