The Chronic

The Chronic

by Dr. DreDr. Dre

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Overview

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. [Chronic was also released in a "clean" edition, containing no profanities or vulgarities.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/22/2001
Label: Death Row
UPC: 0728706300124
catalogNumber: 63001
Rank: 121351

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dr. Dre   Primary Artist,Keyboards
Bushwick Bill   Vocals
Warren G   Vocals
Katisse Buckingham   Flute,Saxophone
Emmage   Vocals
Colin Wolfe   Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Cheron Moore   Drums
RBX   Vocals
Eric Borders   Guitar
Chris Clairmont   Guitar
Justin Reinhardt   Keyboards
Nate Dogg   Vocals
Kurupt   Vocals
Jewell   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer,drum programming
Suge Knight   Executive Producer
Kimberly Holt   Art Direction
Calvin Broadus   Composer

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