Picks and Pans Review: D12 World

UPDATED 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/31/2004 at 01:00 AM EDT

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Posse albums—on which rap stars team up with their emcee crews—have become a hip thing in hip-hop. Nelly has St. Lunatics, 50 Cent has G-Unit, and Eminem has D12. Comprised of Slim Shady and five of his Detroit homeboys (Bizarre, Proof, Kuniva, Kon Artist and Swift), this outfit struck platinum with 2001's Devil's Night, and although the follow-up is not a World beater, it is a worthy side project to tide fans over until the next Eminem album. Not surprisingly, most of the best tracks showcase Eminem. Working in a group setting seems to have allowed him to cut loose and have fun on songs such as the party anthem "6 in the Morning" and the humorous single "My Band," on which he takes a sarcastic swipe at his front-man status: "These chicks don't even know the name of my band/ But they're all on me like they wanna hold hands." Elsewhere, Dr. Dre lends his production skills to the ominous "American Psycho II," featuring Cypress Hill's B-Real and sounding like a sequel to Cypress's hit "Insane in the Brain.

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