Dr. Dre Presents... The Aftermath: A Compilation Album of New Talent
Dr. Dre Presents... The Aftermath is a compilation album produced by Dr. Dre, featuring various artists. The album was released on November 26, 1996, a week after the release of the lead single, \"East Coast / West Coast Killas\" featuring Group Therapy[^2^]. The album is Dre's first release after leaving Death Row Records, and was the first release on his then newly established Aftermath Entertainment.
The album showcases Dre's new roster of talent, including RBX, Mel-Man, Kim Summerson, King T, and others. The album also features guest appearances from B-Real, KRS-One, Nas, and Jheryl Lockhart. The album consists of 16 tracks, ranging from hip-hop to R&B to soul. The album's production is mostly handled by Dr. Dre himself, with some contributions from Bud'da and Sam Sneed.
The album received mixed reviews from critics and fans, who praised Dre's production skills but criticized the lack of cohesion and direction among the artists. The album was also not among the year's more commercially successful releases, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and selling over a million copies in the US. The album was later followed by the second single, the Dr. Dre solo track \"Been There Done That\".
Dr. Dre later said: \"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 doubtâ It happens with artists. Everything isnât going to be out of the parkâ\"[^2^] About the album, Dre said: \"It was just okay. That was a hit and miss\".[^2^]
Despite the lukewarm reception, the album is considered to be an important milestone in Dre's career, as it marked his transition from gangsta rap to a more diverse and mature sound. The album also introduced some of the artists who would later become prominent figures in hip-hop, such as Eminem, Xzibit, and 50 Cent.
If you want to listen to the album or download it for free, you can visit the Internet Archive website[^1^], where you can find both MP3 and RAR files of the album. You can also stream the album on Apple Music[^3^] or other platforms.
The album's lead single, \"East Coast / West Coast Killas\", was a bold statement from Dre, who attempted to end the feud between the two coasts by bringing together some of the most respected MCs from both sides. The song features B-Real from Cypress Hill, KRS-One from Boogie Down Productions, Nas from Illmatic fame, and RBX from The Chronic. The song has a dark and menacing beat, with each rapper delivering a fierce verse that showcases their skills and their respect for each other. The song was well-received by critics and fans, who praised Dre's initiative and vision.[^1^]
The album's second and final single, \"Been There Done That\", was a personal reflection from Dre, who expressed his disillusionment with gangsta rap and his desire to move on to new musical horizons. The song has a smooth and soulful beat, with Dre rapping about his past experiences in the rap game and his decision to leave behind the violence and negativity that plagued his former label. The song also features a chorus sung by Jheryl Lockhart, who adds a touch of R&B to the track. The song was accompanied by a music video directed by Hype Williams, who depicted Dre as a futuristic leader of a peaceful society.[^1^]
The album's reception was mixed, as some critics and fans praised Dre's production skills and his willingness to experiment with different genres and sounds, while others criticized the lack of cohesion and direction among the artists and the songs. The album was also overshadowed by the release of Tupac Shakur's posthumous album The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, which reignited the East Coast-West Coast rivalry and featured several diss tracks aimed at Dre and his associates. The album was also not very successful commercially, peaking at number 6 on the Billboard 200 and selling over a million copies in the US.[^2^] [^3^]
Despite the lukewarm reception, the album is considered to be an important milestone in Dre's career, as it marked his transition from gangsta rap to a more diverse and mature sound. The album also introduced some of the artists who would later become prominent figures in hip-hop, such as Eminem, Xzibit, and 50 Cent. The album also paved the way for Dre's next project, 2001, which was released in 1999 and became one of his most acclaimed and successful albums.[^2^] aa16f39245