The Chronic

The Chronic

by Dr. Dre
The Chronic

The Chronic

by Dr. Dre


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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. ~ Steve Huey

Product Details

Release Date: 04/21/2023
Label: Interscope
UPC: 0602455099952
Rank: 10443


  1. The Chronic (Intro)
  2. Fuck wit' Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')
  3. Let Me Ride
  4. The Day the Niggaz Took Over
  5. Nuthin' but a G Thang
  6. Deeez Nuuuts
  7. Lil' Ghetto Boy
  8. A Nigga Witta Gun
  9. Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
  10. The $20 Sack Pyramid
  11. Lyrical Gangbang
  12. High Powered
  13. The Doctor's Office
  14. Stranded on Death Row
  15. The Roach (The Chronic Outro)
  16. Bitches Ain't Shit

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dr. Dre   Primary Artist,Keyboards,Lead Vocals,Drum Machine
Daz Dillinger   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Rage   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Samara   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
K.V   Primary Artist
Emmage   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Twin   Primary Artist
Jewell   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Melk the G6-49   Primary Artist
Nate Dogg   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
RBX   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Threat   Primary Artist
CPO   Primary Artist
Bushwick Bill   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Daz   Primary Artist
Amber   Primary Artist
Snoop Dogg   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Bad Ass   Primary Artist
BJ   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kurupt   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Dat Nigga Daz   Primary Artist,Featured Artist
Big Tittie Nickie   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Warren G   Primary Artist,Vocals,Featured Artist
Tyrone   Primary Artist
Kevin Lewis   Primary Artist
Big Pimpin'   Primary Artist
BJ "Tha Mocking Bird"   Primary Artist,Featured Artist
Lady "V"   Primary Artist
Ruben Cruz   Vocals,Featured Artist
Justin Reinhardt   Keyboards
Katisse Buckingham   Flute,Saxophone
The Lady of Rage   Vocals
Colin Wolfe   Keyboards,Guitar (Bass),Keyboard Bass
The D.O.C.   Vocals,Featured Artist
Eric Borders   Guitar
Chris Clairmont   Guitar
Cheron Moore   Drums

Technical Credits

Daniel Jordon   Photography
Bernie Brundman   Mastering
BJ "Tha Mocking Bird"   Performer
Ricardo Brown   Composer
Tracy Curry   Composer
Delmar Arnaud   Composer
Rage   Composer
Samara   Performer
Colin Fitzroy Wolfe   Composer
Greg Royal   Mixing
Daz Dillinger   Composer,Drum Programming,Performer
Leon Haywood   Composer
Chris "The Glove" Taylor   Mixing,Mixing Assistant
Jewell   Composer
Nate Dogg   Composer
RBX   Composer
Dat Nigga Daz   Composer
Snoop Dogg   Composer,Performer
Andre Young   Composer
Bernie Grundman   Mastering
Kurupt   Composer
Kimberly Brown   Project Coordinator
The Lady of Rage   Composer
Colin Wolfe   Composer
The D.O.C.   Composer
Frederick Knight   Composer
Big Tittie Nickie   Performer
Dr. Dre   Mixing,Composer,Producer,Drum Programming
Willie Will   Mixing,Mixing Assistant
Suge Knight   Executive Producer
Calvin Broadus   Composer
Kevin Lewis   Composer,Composer
Kurupt the Kingpin   Composer
Kimberly Holt   Design,Artwork,Art Direction
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