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Obie Trice - Cheers (2003) Album Review

Obie Trice is a rapper from Detroit, Michigan, who rose to fame as a protégé of Eminem and a member of his label Shady Records. His debut album, Cheers, was released in 2003, and featured guest appearances from Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Nate Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and more. The album was a commercial success, selling over two million copies worldwide and spawning the hit singles "Got Some Teeth" and "The Set Up". But how does the album hold up today? Is it a classic or a forgettable debut? Let's find out.

The Good

One of the strengths of Cheers is Obie Trice's charismatic and humorous personality. He delivers witty and clever punchlines, often poking fun at himself or his rivals. For example, on "Average Man", he raps: "I'm average man / I'm similar to a savage man / My rap is like a bad bitch man / You can't stand her but you gotta have the bitch man". He also shows his storytelling skills on tracks like "Don't Come Down", where he reflects on his troubled childhood and his relationship with his mother, and "Never Forget Ya", where he pays tribute to his deceased friends.


Another highlight of the album is the production, which is mostly handled by Eminem and Dr. Dre. The beats are diverse and catchy, ranging from the upbeat and funky "Got Some Teeth" and "Oh!", to the dark and menacing "Shit Hits The Fan" and "We All Die One Day". The album also features some soulful samples, such as the Curtis Mayfield interpolation on "Cheers" and the Marvin Gaye flip on "Look In My Eyes". The production complements Obie Trice's style and enhances the mood of each song.

The album also benefits from the stellar guest appearances, which add variety and star power to the project. Eminem steals the show on several tracks, such as "Lady", where he plays the role of Obie's psychotic girlfriend, and "Hands On You", where he delivers a hilarious verse full of sexual innuendos. Dr. Dre also drops a rare verse on "Shit Hits The Fan", where he addresses his beef with Ja Rule and Murder Inc. 50 Cent, Nate Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and others also contribute memorable hooks and verses throughout the album.

The Bad

One of the weaknesses of Cheers is that it suffers from some filler tracks that drag down the quality of the album. For instance, "Bad Bitch" is a generic and misogynistic song that adds nothing to the album's theme or narrative. "Hoodrats" is another weak track that features Obie rapping over a bland beat about his encounters with low-class women. These songs could have been easily cut from the album to make it more concise and cohesive.

Another flaw of the album is that Obie Trice sometimes lacks originality and identity as an artist. He often sounds like he is imitating Eminem or Dr. Dre, especially on tracks like "Follow My Life" and "We All Die One Day". He also borrows some flows and lyrics from other rappers, such as Jay-Z, Biggie Smalls, Tupac Shakur, and more. While Obie Trice has some unique traits and qualities as a rapper, he sometimes fails to showcase them consistently on this album.

The Verdict

Cheers is a solid debut album from Obie Trice that showcases his potential as a rapper. It features some great production, catchy hooks, witty lyrics, and impressive guest appearances. However, it also has some flaws, such as filler tracks, lack of originality, and inconsistency. It is not a classic or a masterpiece, but it is a fun and enjoyable listen that deserves some recognition. If you are a fan of Eminem or Shady Records, you should definitely check out this album.

You can download the full album in rar format from [this link], or listen to it on YouTube from [this playlist]. Cheers!


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