How Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent Made History with "Crack a Bottle"
"Crack a Bottle" is a song by American rappers Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent, released as the lead single from Eminem's sixth studio album Relapse (2009). The song features production by Dr. Dre and co-writing by 50 Cent, Mark Batson, Dawaun Parker, Trevor Lawrence Jr., Erick "Jesus" Coomes and Jean Renard. The song was a huge commercial success, breaking the first week digital sales record with 418,000 downloads and topping the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group in 2010.
In this article, we will explore how the song came to be, what it means and why it is considered one of the best collaborations in hip-hop history.
The Making of "Crack a Bottle"
The song was originally recorded by Dr. Dre and 50 Cent for Detox, Dr. Dre's long-awaited third solo album that never materialized. According to 50 Cent, he wrote his verse and the chorus while Dr. Dre wrote his verse and produced the beat. The song was then leaked online in late 2008, prompting Dr. Dre to scrap it from his album and give it to Eminem for Relapse.
Eminem added his verse and tweaked the chorus to fit his theme of addiction and recovery. He also changed the title from "Number One" to "Crack a Bottle", a reference to his alcoholism and his comeback to the rap game. Eminem said that he wanted to make a statement with the song and show that he was still relevant and capable of making hits.
The song was officially released on February 2, 2009, as the first single from Relapse. It received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the production and the chemistry between the three rappers, but criticized Eminem's lyrics and delivery as immature and uninspired. However, the song was a smash hit with the fans, who made it the most downloaded song in its first week of release. It also debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making it Eminem's second number-one single, Dr. Dre's third and 50 Cent's fourth.
The Meaning of "Crack a Bottle"
"Crack a Bottle" is a celebratory anthem that showcases the skills and status of the three rappers. Each rapper delivers a verse that reflects their personality and style, while boasting about their wealth, fame and women.
Eminem opens the song with an introduction that compares himself to a notorious villain who is ready to cause havoc in the rap world. He then proceeds to rap about his comeback after a hiatus due to his drug addiction and personal issues. He claims that he is still the best rapper in the game and that he can outshine anyone with his witty rhymes and wordplay. He also mocks his critics and haters who doubt his relevance and ability.
Dr. Dre follows with a verse that showcases his legendary status as a producer and rapper who has influenced generations of hip-hop artists. He raps about his lavish lifestyle in Los Angeles, where he drives expensive cars, parties with beautiful women and enjoys his success. He also hints at his unfinished album Detox, which he says will be worth the wait.
50 Cent closes the song with a verse that reflects his street credibility and business savvy. He raps about his rise from a drug dealer to a rap mogul who has made millions from his music, movies and ventures. He also brags about his sexual prowess and his ability to attract women with his charm and money.
The chorus of the song is a catchy hook that invites the listeners to join the party and have fun with the rappers. It also implies that the rappers are so successful that they can afford to waste expensive liquor by cracking open bottles and spilling them on the floor.
The Legacy of "Crack a Bottle"
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