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Format: CD
Sku: 60468928
UPC: 728706300025
UPC 14: 00728706300025
Release Date: 5/22/2001
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Chronic, The (Intro) ~ Dr. Dre
2. Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin') ~ Dr. Dre
3. Let Me Ride ~ Dr. Dre
4. Day The Niggaz Took Over, The ~ Dr. Dre
5. Nuthin' But A "G" Thang ~ Dr. Dre
6. Deeez Nuuuts ~ Dr. Dre
7. Lil' Ghetto Boy ~ Dr. Dre
8. Nigga Witta Gun, A ~ Dr. Dre
9. Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat ~ Dr. Dre
10. $20 Sack Pyramid, The ~ Dr. Dre
11. Lyrical Gangbang ~ Dr. Dre
12. High Powered ~ Dr. Dre
13. Doctor's Office, The ~ Dr. Dre
14. Stranded On Death Row - (with Bushwick Bill) ~ Dr. Dre
15. Roach, The (The Chronic Outro) ~ Dr. Dre
16. Bitches Ain't Shit ~ Dr. Dre

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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.

Producer: Dr. Dre

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Bushwick Bill
Muze Guest Artist The D.O.C.
Muze Guest Artist Snoop Dogg

Artist Overview

Dr. Dre has dictated the pace of change in West Coast rap more than any other single figure. As DJ/producer for N.W.A., he ushered in a whole new era in rap by adapting the raw sonics of Public Enemy & Boogie Down Productions to the ethos of L.A.'s youth gangs. After the group's split, he expanded his style to include eerie P-Funk synths on his solo releases and those of prot?g? Snoop Dogg. The resulting "G-Funk" sound influenced many other West Coast rap artists. In the late 1990s, Dre found another notable prot?g?, a promising young lyricist from Detroit named Eminem.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Natural Born Killers (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Murder Was The Case (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Friday (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Top Dogg (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 4-60 Minutes Of Funk (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Training Day (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ice Cube's Greatest Hits (Explicit Version) (Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Ice Cube's Greatest Hits (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Funkin Hip Hop 2
Muze Music Compilations Untouchable (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Untouchable (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Encore (Clean Version) (Bonus CD)
Muze Music Compilations Encore (Explicit Version) (Bonus CD)
Muze Music Compilations Instrumental Icons Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Best of Snoop Dogg (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Blue Carpet Treatment (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Timbaland Presents Shock Value(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Curtis (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Old School Vol 9
Muze Music Compilations In The Movies(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B
Muze Music Compilations Best Of 2 Pac Part 1: Thug(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Relapse (Clean Version)
Muze Music Compilations Relapse (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Red Album(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Recovery (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Middle Men (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
Muze Music Compilations Icon
Muze Music Compilations 5 Classic Albums:no Limit Records
Muze Music Compilations 5 CLASSIC ALBUMS:SNOOP DOGG(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Friends & Lovers
Muze Music Compilations Old School Gold Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Curtain Call

Associated Artists and Works

Original Soundtrack
Sneed, Sam

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/22/2001
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1992
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : DRRCD 63000
Music Label Name Label : Death Row (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00728706300025

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.

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