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The Chronic [Explicit Lyrics]

Dr. DreAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 15, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Priority Records
  • ASIN: B000003AEQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (391 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Cronic (Intro)
2. Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')
3. Let Me Ride
4. The Day The Niggaz Took Over
5. Nothin' But A 'G' Thang
6. Deeez Nuuuts
7. Lil' Ghetto Boy
8. A Nigga Witta Gun
9. Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
10. The $20 Sack Pyramid
11. Lyrical Gangbang
12. High Powered
13. The Doctor's Office
14. Stranded Of Death Row
15. The Roach (The Chronic Outro)
16. Bonus Track

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1989's Straight Outta Compton, by Dre's previous outfit N.W.A., may have shined the public spotlight on the genre, but The Chronic legitimized it. That is not to say that Snoop Doggy Dogg (The Chronic marks his debut) and Dre's raps are for everyone; the subject matter is the sex, drugs, violence, and politics of South Central Los Angeles, and the phrasing is explicit, to say the least. But The Chronic's real genius is the music. By breeding hip-hop, jazz (studio instrumentation includes saxophones and flutes), funk, and soul (sampled artists include Parliament, Donny Hathaway, and Isaac Hayes), Dre creates downright intoxicating grooves. If you can't feel The Chronic pulsating through your veins, maybe your heart's not pumping. --Bill Crandall

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and genuine; a timeless classic. August 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The first shot fired in the G-Funk hip-hop revolution, Dr. Dre's The Chronic withstands the test of time. Originally released way back in 1992, it was the first release from Suge Knight's Deathrow Records label. Despite being recorded seven years ago, back when the hip-hop ear was very different, The Chronic seems to sound fresh and new every time it is played. The album not only was popular with hip-hop fans though, because it sold four million copies. Not only that, it launched the careers of such hip-hop stars as Snoop Doggy Dogg, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Lady Of Rage, Warren G (Dr. Dre's brother), RBX and the smooth-voiced Nate Dogg. Another thing that is special about the album is Dr. Dre himself. Unlike the new rappers who are coming out these days, you hear and understand every single word that is being said by every single person on this album. Unlike label cliques like Cash Money and No Limit, who have boring and repetitive beats and people who can't rap and don't annunciate the words that are being said. That ruins what hip-hop is about; not danceable beats but expression of thoughts. That is what is truly special about hip-hop. You feel all the words being said, and therefore that makes The Chronic an easy album to listen to. The reason the album always sounds fresh is because of real live instruments. Alto saxophones, flutes, keyboards, guitars, bass guitars, percussion, and even live drums are all heard on this album.
Highlights on the album include the infamous Eazy-E diss "Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')", where Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg take it at Dr.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Ten List - Hip Hop's Greatest Albums December 8, 2004
By C. Gray
Format:Audio CD
Simply stated, one of the greatest Hip Hop albums ever! In my opinion, this is basically a Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg album, along with some high powered friends. Snoop has never sounded better, and Dre's vocal tone and cadence are impeccable. This is hip-hop in its purest form. Hot beats and professional lyrics. Unlike a lot of garbage that is passing from Hip-Hop these days.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dre Redefines Street Hip Hop February 5, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Although N.W.A created a huge stir with their gangsta rap release "Straight Outta Compton", rap did not reach the mainstream level until Dr. Dre released "The Chronic". In a lyrical sense, both albums represent the same thing: life living on the streets of Compton. This of course primarily includes explicit lyrical content in the vain of gun violence, drugs, and women. The aspect to this album that seems to make this release acceptable for more music listeners would be the exceptional musical rap beats. Dr. Dre produces absolutely sensational, rhymthic, funky beats with a mix of jazzy beats, soothing hip hop and hardcore gangsta beats too.

The Introduction to this release has Dre telling us listeners the subject of this album, and dedicates it to his "n-ggas"[...]Snoop Doggy Dogg makes his rap debut on this album, and certainly expresses his impressive flow on this track. "Let Me Ride" is purely hip hop at its finest, with a very groovy beat, a catchy chorus, and tight lyrics making it an album highlight. "The Day the N*ggaz Took Over" is more of a hardcore gangsta song, with the explicit lyrics telling the stories of living in the city where it is "do or die". "Nuthin' But a "G" Thang" has remained popular ever since it was recorded, with its very accessible, funky beat for the classic Dre/Snoop collaboration. It was the biggest hit off the album. "Deeez Nuts" has my favourite beat on the album, you can literally feel it in your veins. It is down-to-earth, and Nate Dogg makes a very memorable appearance with his impressive vocals. Dre actually lets the beat play out with no lyrics for one minute to close out the track. "Lil' Ghetto Boy" moves back to some more hardcore street lyrics with a very laid back beat. "A N*gga Wit a Gun" has more of the N.W.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another Hip Hop masterpiece March 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
What's so powerful, so deeply introspective and so tellingly artistic about this CD is the emotion, honesty and suppressed anger it contained in documenting the experience of a young black man in Los Angeles circa 1992.

Remember, this album came out right around/just before the infamous '92 post-Rodney King verdict L.A. riots.

A significant historical note is that journalists started turning to rappers for social commentary after this development.

If you want a true education in Hip Hop 101, this is one of several masterpieces to start with.

Also check out:

Nas - "Illmatic" (1994)

Jay-Z -- "Reasonable Doubt" (1996)

Eric B & Rakim -- "Paid in Full" (1987)

Public Enemy -- Fear of a Black Planet (1990)

Ice Cube -- "Amerikkka's most Wanted" (1989)

LL Cool J -- "Mama Said Knock You Out" (1990)

Boogie Down Productions (BDP) -- "By All Means Necessary" (1988)

TuPac Shakur -- "2Pacalypse Now" (1991)

Notorious BIG -- "Ready to Die" (1994)

Then, and only then, can a new hip hop listener understand what makes artists like Eminem, DMX, Ja Rule, Vanilla Ice, the Fugees & Lauryn Hill, Kanye West, Game, 50 Cent, Jadakiss, Big Pun, Grand Master Flash, Mobb Deep, Lil Kim, Slim Thug, Chamillionaire, OutKast and the Black Eyed Peas either a truly talented/under-rated artist and poet OR a fake, talentless, media whore who'll do anything or say anything to sell records.

There is a difference & more hip hop heads should know.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Takes it back old school . If you were there ....you know !
Published 4 days ago by Mighty Murph
5.0 out of 5 stars great music
one of the all time classic hip hop albums if you are a fan of hip hop or rap this is a must own album for you and if you don't get it i don't understand why because you need it
Published 18 days ago by Vincent J. Sandagata
1.0 out of 5 stars worst packaging ever
when my cd arrived the case was broken in pieces and put back together with tape. therefore, i have to assume the seller knew the case was in very bad condition. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Nicole F
5.0 out of 5 stars Laid Back
Can't get this one on itunes. One of the top ten albums of all times The Chronic chronicles the historic LA riots. The historical and musical significance sets this album apart. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ross Nettleship
5.0 out of 5 stars Collector's Item
I'm really not into rap music especially gangster rap. But the songs on this are quite good and will have you bopping your head. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 2Cents!
5.0 out of 5 stars will go down in history as ons of the greatest album of our time
i luv and still luv this album because of the old school vibe to it every song had a different sample in it and the way dr.dre put it together was amazin........
Published 1 month ago by keith mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic albums that give you all the bang for your buck!
Three words classic, hits and bangin' just like the first tine I ever heard it back in 1992! Can't go wrong with this album.
Published 1 month ago by DJ CALLOMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic that needs no introduction
Dre doesn't have the smoothest flow, but he's one of the most profound producers that defined Hip Hop and Rap over the years. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Eyal
5.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC
What put Dr. Dre in the spotlight? This album. Absolute must have record. Got it for a friend and he loves it.
Published 3 months ago by STAHP
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classics, one of the best cds of all time. I would Highly recommend. If you don know now you now.
Published 3 months ago by Branden Sutton
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