Chronic (Explicit Version) CD (2001)

Artist: Dr. Dre

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Label Death Row Records
SKU 60468928
UPC 728706300025
UPC 14 00728706300025
Format CD
Release Date 5/22/2001
Sales Rank 523
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Author Dr. Dre
Associated Artist/Work Eminem
Associated Artist/Work Original Soundtrack
Associated Artist/Work Sneed, Sam
Associated Artist/Work Streetwize
Technical Info
Producer Dr. Dre
CatalogID DRRCD 63000
Lable Name Death Row (USA)
Released 05/22/2001
Original Release 1992
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 62m : 54s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00728706300025
Musical Guests
Bushwick Bill
The D.O.C.
Snoop Dogg
Album Notes and Credits
A great hip-hop album relies on a balance of two components: lyrical skill and correctly-matched production. Often they can be found in conflict, undermining one another; but when an artist masters both techniques, the results can be incredibly rewarding. On his solo debut THE CHRONIC, Dr. Dre not only discovered this balance but took it to the next level, making gangsta funk a multi-platinum commodity and changing the face of rap forever.
Dre (nee Andre Young) began his musical career with the World Class Wreckin' Cru, but came to prominence as one of the founding members of hip-hop's first super-group, N.W.A. By the time of THE CHRONIC's release, he had already returned to the limelight with a slammin' single, "Deep Cover," on which he shared the stage with a previously unknown rapper named Snoop Doggy Dogg. It was Snoop's idiosyncratic flow that lay behind Dre's Funkadelicized G-Funk and powered THE CHRONIC.
Dre is the West Coast's king of hard-core production, but the content of lyrics such as "A Nigga Witta Gun" and "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat" hit hard enough. Songs such as "Bitches Ain't S**t" also showed that Dre and the rest of his crew could get away with many controversial opinions by simply adding a mean bass line and a hypnotic beat. Yet, "Nuthin' But A `G' Thing" and "Let Me Ride" both used the smooth G appeal to capture not just rap fans, but the pop audience as well. In fact, THE CHRONIC's success demonstrated G-Funk's mass appeal, and paved the way for hip-hop's gangsta (r)evolution.
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (12/11/03, p.128) - Ranked #137 in Rolling Stone's "500 Greatest Albums Of All Time" - "[Dr. Dre] funked up the rhymes with a smooth bass-heavy production style and the laid-back delivery of then-unknown rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg."
Rolling Stone (5/13/99, p.53) - Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone (3/18/93, p.40) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...A hip-hop masterwork full of big beats and little surprises....THE CHRONIC drops raw realism and pays tribute to hip-hop virtuosity..."
Spin (9/99, p.122) - Ranked #8 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s."
Entertainment Weekly (1/8/93, p.54) - "...No one in the pop universe makes more visceral--or more visual--music than he does....THE CHRONIC storms with rage, strolls with confidence, and reverberates with a social realism that's often ugly and horrifying..." - Rating: A
Q (12/99, p.76) - Included in Q Magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s."
Q (1/94, p.82) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993' - "...a mature, progressive, marvelous new record..."
Q (1/94, p.85) - Included in Q's list of `The 50 Best Albums Of 1993.'
Q (12/02, p.122) - "...Chock-full of impossibly thrilling basslines....Hugely influential..."
Vibe (12/99, p.157) - Included in Vibe's 100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century
Vibe (6/02, p.109) - Ranked #6 in Vibe's "Top 10 rap albums" - "...Dre's decade-defining opus introduced the world to the laid-back luxury of Californian 'G-funk'....The game would never be the same."
The Source (2/93, p.55) - 4.5 Stars - Excellent Plus - "...Following the hype behind one of his hardest tracks ever, `Deep Cover,' Dre has unloaded all over this album with the same furified intensity....An innovative and progressive hip-hop package that must not be missed..."
Village Voice (3/94, p.5) - Ranked #2 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Village Voice (3/1/94, p.5) - Ranked #6 in the Village Voice's 1993 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
Disc 1
1 Chronic, The (Intro)
2 Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')
3 Let Me Ride
4 Day The Niggaz Took Over, The
5 Nuthin' But A "G" Thang
6 Deeez Nuuuts
7 Lil' Ghetto Boy
8 Nigga Witta Gun, A
9 Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
10 $20 Sack Pyramid, The
11 Lyrical Gangbang
12 High Powered
13 Doctor's Office, The
14 Stranded On Death Row - (with Bushwick Bill)
15 Roach, The (The Chronic Outro)
16 Bitches Ain't Shit

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