The Bottom Line
Eminem’s return to the music world has sparked a hailstorm of enthusiasm lately, as well as the inevitable music. Let's start the party with "Crack A Bottle."
- A successful return to form by three titans of the industry
- Solid production by Dr. Dre
- Mediocre contribution by 50 Cent
- Mildly repetitive hook
- "Crack A Bottle" is rumored to be the first single from Eminem's Relapse.
- "Crack A Bottle" jumped from 78 to 1 on Billboard Hot 100, giving Eminem the 2nd chart-topper of his career.
- "Crack A Bottle" was produced by the indomitable Dr. Dre.
Guide Review - Eminem - "Crack A Bottle" (Feat. Dr. Dre and 50 Cent)
Deft wordplay by one of the foremost emcees of this decade, a funky piano loop from one of the greatest producers of all time, and a reunion hip-hop heads have been aching for -- what's not to love? Very little, as it turns out. Eminem delivers some of the most interesting lyrics he's dropped in years ("Smack That"? Peep Show? Shake That? Need I continue?), and Dre turns in an impressive, though expected, performance. Rest assured, he's still concerned about his status, his cars, and L.A. The major disappointment is 50's sing-song verse, which is merely tepid and flat, though serviceable.