Label: Aftermath, Interscope

Andre Young had a lot to prove when he released this sequel to his all-conquering solo triumph. It had been seven long years since The Chronic, and Suge Knight even attempted to steal his thunder by releasing a bunch of old Death Row songs called Chronic 2000. Despite that minor setback, it was a mixture of personal pride and an effort to silence the whispering naysayers that fueled Dr. Dre to return with defiant declarations of his supremacy, including "Still D.R.E." and "Forgot About Dre."

The G-Funk sound was played-out, so former Roots keyboardist Scott Storch and new Aftermath understudy Mel-Man combined forces with Dre to create a stripped-down, leaner (but no less menacing) new form of Gangsta Music. With a range of guests both new (Eminem, Hitman, and Knoc-turn'al) and old (Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, and MC Ren), the good doctor was able to silence the critics and reaffirm his position as the don of West Coast rap.