Dr. Dre, The Chronic 2LP (30th Anniversary)


Legendary 7X Grammy and Emmy Award-winning artist / producer Dr. Dre celebrates the 30th anniversary of his magnum opus, The Chronic re-released by its original distributor, Interscope Records who worked The Chronic in 1992 via its relationship with Death Row Records.

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.

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.


A1. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg – The Chronic (Intro)
A2. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, RBX, Jewell Caples – Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)
A3. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ruben Cruz, Jewell Caples – Let Me Ride
A4. Dr. Dre, RBX, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz – The Day The Niggaz Took Over

B1. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg – Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang
B2. Dr. Dre, Daz Dillinger, Snoop Dogg, Warren G, Nate Dogg – Deeez Nuuuts
B3. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz – Lil’ Ghetto Boy

C1. Dr. Dre – A Nigga Witta Gun
C2. Dr. Dre, RBX, Snoop Dogg – Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
C3. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C., Big Tittie Nickie – The $20 Sack Pyramid
C4. Dr. Dre, Kurupt, RBX, The Lady Of Rage – Lyrical Gangbang
C5. Dr. Dre, RBX, Daz Dillinger, The Lady Of Rage – High Powered

D1. Dr. Dre, The Lady Of Rage, Jewell Caples– The Doctor’s Office
D2. Dr. Dre, Bushwick Bill, Kurupt, RBX, The Lady Of Rage, Snoop Dogg – Stranded On Death Row
D3. Dr. Dre, Dat Nigga Daz, The Lady Of Rage, Jewell Caples, Ruben Cruz, Emmage – The Roach (The Chronic Outro)
D4. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt – Bitches Ain’t Shit

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