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The Chronic

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by Dr. Dre

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Dr. Dre, a.k.a. Andre Young, may not be a great rapper, but the skillful producer put his mark on hip-hop with a string of classic albums culminating in this "solo" debut. Dre started off in the right place at the right time. A member of N.W.A. and producer of their most infamous recordings, Straight


Dr. Dre, a.k.a. Andre Young, may not be a great rapper, but the skillful producer put his mark on hip-hop with a string of classic albums culminating in this "solo" debut. Dre started off in the right place at the right time. A member of N.W.A. and producer of their most infamous recordings, Straight Outta Compton and Niggaz 4 Life, Dre split with Eazy E and began working on his own material, often with guests rapping. After dropping his debut single, "Deep Cover" (the title track from the same-named movie), he responded with his opus The Chronic. Dre took gangsta rap's typically frenetic backing and slowed it down to George Clinton–esque R&B; he smoothed it out by adding touches of lite jazz, and the G-Funk sound was born. While it irrevocably altered the hip-hop landscape upon its release in 1992, The Chronic is equally notable for launching the career of Snoop Doggy Dogg, who appears on several key tracks, including "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang." Snoop would go on to a notable career of his own, kicked off by his Dre-produced debut, Doggystyle, but his irresistible presence on The Chronic only underscores Dre's formidable skills as a producer -- which would later play no small role the arrival and development of a young white rapper named Eminem.

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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
With its stylish, sonically detailed production, Dr. Dre's 1992 solo debut, The Chronic, transformed the entire sound of West Coast rap. Here Dre established his patented G-funk sound: fat, blunted Parliament-Funkadelic beats, soulful backing vocals, and live instruments in the rolling basslines and whiny synths. What's impressive is that Dre crafts tighter singles than his inspiration, George Clinton -- he's just as effortlessly funky, and he has a better feel for a hook, a knack that improbably landed gangsta rap on the pop charts. But none of The Chronic's legions of imitators were as rich in personality, and that's due in large part to Dre's monumental discovery, Snoop Doggy Dogg. Snoop livens up every track he touches, sometimes just by joining in the chorus -- and if The Chronic has a flaw, it's that his relative absence from the second half slows the momentum. There was nothing in rap quite like Snoop's singsong, lazy drawl (as it's invariably described), and since Dre's true forte is the producer's chair, Snoop is the signature voice. He sounds utterly unaffected by anything, no matter how extreme, which sets the tone for the album's misogyny, homophobia, and violence. The Rodney King riots are unequivocally celebrated, but the war wasn't just on the streets; Dre enlists his numerous guests in feuds with rivals and ex-bandmates. Yet The Chronic is first and foremost a party album, rooted not only in '70s funk and soul, but also that era's blue party comedy, particularly Dolemite. Its comic song intros and skits became prerequisites for rap albums seeking to duplicate its cinematic flow; plus, Snoop and Dre's terrific chemistry ensures that even their foulest insults are cleverly turned. That framework makes The Chronic both unreal and all too real, a cartoon and a snapshot. No matter how controversial, it remains one of the greatest and most influential hip-hop albums of all time.

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Death Row


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dr. Dre   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Bushwick Bill   Vocals
Snoop Dogg   Track Performer
Warren G   Vocals
Katisse Buckingham   Flute,Saxophone
Emmage   Vocals
Colin Wolfe   Bass Guitar,Keyboards,keyboard bass
Cheron Moore   Drums
RBX   Vocals
Eric Borders   Guitar
Chris Clairmont   Guitar
Justin Reinhardt   Keyboards
Nate Dogg   Vocals
Daz   Track Performer
Kurupt   Vocals
BJ "Tha Mocking Bird"   Track Performer
Samara   Track Performer
Big Tittie Nickie   Track Performer
Rage   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer,drum programming
Suge Knight   Executive Producer
Kimberly Holt   Artwork,Art Direction

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The Chronic 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
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This is an instatnt ''classic''. Definded the early 90's right up there with Ice Cube, Warren G and rest in peace Easy E. Cant have one without having the others.
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Dr Dre is the best rapper of all time. This album is a classic and everyone should get it if they like rap!!!!
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This is a good album but admit Dre is a better producer than rapper and he can definitely write the rhymes but he cant rap.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest hip hop cd ever made!!!! What can I say, Dr.Dre... and his whole crew... D.O.C, Snoop, Rbx,Daz,Rage,Warren G,Kurupt & Nate dogg.. what more do you need...
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is where the music of today started from so all hail the KING of MUSIC. Dr. Dre!! This album was complete from begginning to end. I still remember the day when my cousin brought the cd over to our family gathering and it blew my whole family away. I consider this the neo album of hip hop. Music, interludes and beats.. Incredible!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is when Dre was just starting out on his own with Snoop and the Dogpound. This album takes the best of Parliment and Bootsy Collins old funk grooves and turned them into a great timeless album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is probably the best Hip Hop album ever.
ThyWickedJuggalo More than 1 year ago
i love rap and hip hop music another one of my juggalo friends lent me this album along with dr dre 2001 this album is just right down amazing this producer/rapper is one very fresh fellow he knows how to make good music and no his beats are fresh and hes one very creative guy get this album along with dr dre 2001 or the chronic 2001 this album is one very fresh cd i love the beats and the skits dr dre is the best of the best
Guest More than 1 year ago
''The Chronic'' is an absolute classic hip hop album. The production is the dopest ever and the lyrics are hot too. ''Nuthin But a 'G' Thang'' is probably the best rap song ever. ''Let Me Ride'',''Wit Dre day'',''Deeez Nuuuts'' & ''Lil' Ghetto Boy'' are all classic rap tracks. Everyone should own this album !