Dr Dre ‘The Chronic’ 25th Anniversary

Release date: 15th December 1992

Label: Death Row, Interscope, Priority

Producers: Dr Dre

Profile (courtesy of Wikipedia):

“The Chronic is the debut studio album by American hip hop recording artist Dr. Dre. It was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records and Priority Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album is named after a slang term for high-grade cannabis, and its cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. It was Dr. Dre’s first solo album after he had departed from hip hop group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute. On The Chronic, he included both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A member Eazy-E. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career.

The Chronic peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and had been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales of 5.7 million copies in the United States, which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. Dr. Dre’s production has been noted for popularizing the G-funk subgenre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and regarded by many fans and peers to be one of the most well-produced hip hop albums of all time. The Chronic was ranked at #138 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

Additional info:

- Listen to DJ Matman’s 25th Anniversary Mixtape.

- The album comes in at #1 in Ego Trip’s Top 25 Rap Albums of 1992.

- The singles ‘Nuthin’ But A G Thang’ and ‘Dre Day’ come in at #1 and #9 on Ego Trip’s Top 40 Rap Singles of 1992.

- The track ‘Let Me Ride’ appears on our 1992 Rap Megamix.

- Listen to samples used in the making of the album on WhoSampled.

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