Release Date: Apr 27, 2004
Record label: Shady Records / Interscope
Where would Eminem's less pretty mates have been without good old Marshall? The five-MC crew aren't without their guttural charms, but their conquest of the charts - this second album went to number one on release - owes more to their association with rap's reigning daddy than to their geezerish efforts. They satirise the relationship on the lumpenly catchy My Band, and on the sleeve, where Em is pictured bound and blindfolded (he'll know better than to tell them his bank balance next time). His biting cameos, especially the Lose Yourself soundalike Six in the Morning, put the rest of the very long record to shame.
"My Band," the debut single from D12's sophomore album, D12 World, is the group's greatest moment and a great introduction to the way they work. Very little else on D12 World is as exciting as "My Band," the catchy explanation of what this group (or band, or whatever you want to call it) is, and one of the best productions to ever come out of Shadyville. It's also the tamest track on D12 World, an album that's proudly sick in the head.