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on August 19, 1999
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. Dre's former partner for years in the famous group NWA, and other people who got in their way, such as Tim Dog and Florida rapper Luke, the exotic "Let Me Ride", which has amazing keyboard trills and a lady talking at the beginning who sounds like Rosie Perez, "The Day", which shows an amazing performance from Dr. Dre and a great beat, the classic "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang", which features Snoop Doggy Dogg, one of the greatest hip-hop songs ever made, the beautiful "Little Ghetto Boy", a remake of the Donny Hathaway song, which has a great flute solo, "Lyrical Gangbang", which features the superb debuts of Kurupt and Lady Of Rage, the laid-back "High Powered", the swift "Stranded On Death Row", which features Kurupt, RBX, Lady Of Rage and Snoop Doggy Dogg, "The Roach(The Chronic Conclusion)", is one of the best outros I've ever heard, as it has alto saxophone, guitar, percussion and live drums for an almost blues-like song. The last track is "Bitches Ain't Shit", a juicy gossip song about women which features Kurupt, Daz Dillinger and Snoop. I really liked all of the tracks, and thought the interludes were okay, like "Doctor's Office" and "The Twenty-Dollar Sack Pyramid", yet they were a bit aimless.
To conclude my review, I think Dr. Dre's The Chronic is a hip-hop classic. You feel the words, the beats are live instruments, and the guests are great too. I would recommend this to any hip-hop fan, although any real hip-hop fan should have this or some Deathrow album.
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on December 8, 2004
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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on February 5, 2006
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.A type of sound, with a drum based, hardcore beat and an intense lyrical delivery from Dre.

"Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat" is very similar with a hardcore gangsta sound, and it is an awesome track. "The $20 Sack Pyramid" is simply a skit which is somewhat amusing. "Lyrical Gangbang" is one of my favourite songs, with the guest stars RBX, Kurupt and Rage giving some excellent lyrical deliveries. "High Powered" mixes hardcore rap sound with a jazzy background, giving it a bouncing, groovy feel. "Stranded on Death Row" brings back some great guest star appearances. All of the guests on this album have excellent deliveries, and their own unique style. "The Roach" is the outro for the album, even though their is another track on here. This outro incorporates saxophones into its beat sounds, making it strictly a jazzy beat. "Bitches Ain't Shit" is a decent song with a pretty tight beat, but lyrically it falls into a crude subject matter that is simply pointless and ventures away from the album theme of street life.

Overall, this is quite simply put one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time, and is my personal favourite release by Dr. Dre. The beats are sensational, the lyrical content is compiled effectively and delivered by the best MCs around at that time. The Rolling Stones gave props to this album, placing it at #137 on their list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. Also, to make your money even more worthwhile, it features a bonus DVD with music videos. This album is highly recommended to any fan of rap.
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on March 11, 2006
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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on January 11, 2014
While Dre and Snoop are as hot as ever on every one of these gangsta tracks, the sleeve this comes in is just terrible. The album comes on 2 LPs, which would usually be packaged in a 2-part, folding dust cover. However, they are both crammed into one dust cover meant to hold 1 LP. It's a nightmare to get them out every time I want to hear the Dr. lay down some funky rhymes, and I'm afraid of damaging the sleeve. I like the cover art, and want to keep it nice. Good music, but try to find a different seller who might offer it in a better package for the best long-term enjoyment.
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VINE VOICEon July 30, 2001
Genre classic CD in a newly remastered edition with bonus video track and an extra track. Dark, dense, and intense, this represents Dr. Dre's commercial and artistic peak (so far) and should be part of everyone's core collection. The added track (placed last), though, is an unpleasant, misogynistic diatribe that does not enhance the album and, in fact, almost spoils it.
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on February 1, 2005
The album that single-handedly knocked the doors down for the g funk era. Perhaps the best sampling by any artist showcases the prodcuer that dre would become. The album itself is classic with songs that epitimized street life like "f###ck with dre day", and "the day the n*****as took over." this highlights the album but it does have maybe one or two weak spots where the music drags due to the elongated prequel intros. It is a shame that Dre coulnt have done more than he did. The chronic 2001 was a good lp but his talent could have gone far beyond than just producing bad artists like eminem. A classic album such as this is more than worth the money I paid.
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on October 1, 2015
We all know who dr. dre and death row records is all about through nwa days till 1992 when dr. dre came out with the chronic to prove his own legacy in gangster/hiphop rap as well as coming out with fresh and dope rythems like he did with nwa in the days . He gave us great tracks produced by surge knights like with dre day and let it ride and ain't nothing but a g thing and ect, this also introduces us to now legendary artist the doc and snoop dogg know as the deathrow inmates.this cd made him a household name in this line of bussiness but he proved why nwa was a success back in the day . he had other cd but nothing like this then he left deathrow to form aftermath records his own label that will introduced us to emeniem and become a producer a sucessful one all because of the success of the chronic in 1992 . to the old fans we had this since day one in 92 on casette tape and now on cd it's fresh and dope today as it was then to the new fans cause of the movie what are you waiting for buy it light it up in your cd player and kick back enjoy this guilty pleasure from one of the pioneers of gangster/hiphop rap the master behind nwa dr dre this is the proof that he had the knowledge and gift to show the world who he was and what he stood for himself and others. the chronic is a egendary cd now like the beatles sgt peppers to metallica's black album to sabbath's parnoid.
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on June 3, 2015
This is the album that started it all. After Dre did successfully completed with N.W.A. and previously released 3 albums and with the World Class Wreckin' Cru also previously released 4 albums.

Dre needed his first-ever solo album after he decided to leave Ruthless Records after Jerry Heller and Eazy-E decided not to renew Dr. Dre's recording contract after Dre left the label along with The D.O.C. and Mi'Chel'le and formed his own record label with co-founders Marion "Suge" Knight and Dick Griffey and formed Death Row Records and the label signed Snoop Dogg (Calvin Broadus) to Death Row and released 187 on a Undercover Cop from the Deep Cover Soundtrack Album in 1992. Few months later, Both Snoop and Dre implemented Dr. Dre's forthcoming debut solo release and came up with "The Chronic" with a cannabis plant on the back album cover on it.

Priority Records gave Death Row the official green light and the album was officially released and sold over 1 million copies and the rap album became certified platinum by the R.I.A.A.

The singles: Nuttin' But a "G" Thang was originally sampled as "I Wanna Do Somethin' Freaky To You" as performed by Leon Haywood, "Dre Day" (Radio Edit Clean Version) In the Explicit Version also known as "---- Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" was released as a CD single in 1993. In Fall of 1993, Dre released his third single from The Chronic was "Let Me Ride" originally sampled as "Mothership Connection" as performed by George Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelic All Stars. This rap album is the all-time high budget one. But, The LP does contain the Parental Advisory Explicit Content label on the front album cover on the bottom right hand corner of his debut album that represents that the album does contain Explicit lyrical content that are not suitable for younger children under 18. "Listener's Discretion is Advised".
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on March 6, 2014
This is Dre's best. It takes the laid back beats of Parliament, adds Dre's high pitched synths, and delivers a series of explosive raps across the middle. The best song features Dre's then newest discovery Snoop Doggy Dogg.

The lyrics themselves are rough; they frequently reflect the tough life on the streets in Los Angeles at the time of riots in the early 90s. They're frequently homophobic, misogynistic or worse; yet delivered with such swagger that even the most sensitive can't help but be a bit impressed.
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