Michael Endelman
October 10, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Cheers

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
Kirstie Alley, Ted Danson, Kelsey Grammer, Woody Harrelson, Shelley Long, Bebe Neuwirth, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger, George Wendt

We gave it a B+

With guests like Eminem, 50 Cent, and Dr. Dre, Obie Trice could probably rhyme the phone book and his debut disc would still go platinum. But Cheers isn’t quite that rote: Trice is a talented MC, and the synth-funk production by Mr. Mathers, Dre, and Timbaland is top-notch. The problem is that Trice chooses to stay in the shadow of his Detroit compadre, crassly following the blueprint of Eminem’s last disc — from the goofy single ”Got Some Teeth” to the I-hate-my-mom confessional cut (”Don’t Come Down”) to the Murder Inc. dis track (”S— Hits the Fan”). Just the latest model to roll off the Motor City assembly line.

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