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The chronic
Dr. Dre, 1965-
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Publication Information:
Los Angeles, Calif. : Death Row Recordings, [2001]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
His solo debut, containing 16 tracks, effortlessly combines the sounds of '70s funk with early '90s gangsta rap to set the standard for the soon-to-emerge West Coast rap scene.
General Note:
Title from container.

"Parental advisory, explicit lyrics"--Container.

Digitally remastered; audio originally released in 1992.

Enhanced compact disc.
The chronic (intro) -- Fuck wit Dre day (and everybody's celebratin') -- Let me ride -- The day the niggaz took over -- Nuthin' but a "g" thang -- Deeez nuuuts -- Lil' ghetto boy -- A nigga witta gun -- Rat-tat-tat-tat -- The $20 sack pyramid -- Lyrical gangbang -- High powered -- The doctor's office -- Stranded on death row -- The roach (The chronic outro) -- [Bonus]: Bitches ain't shit. Music video: Dre day.
Format :
Music CD


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RAP .D756 C Compact Disc Open Shelf
RAP .D756 C Compact Disc Central Library
RAP .D756 C Compact Disc Audio Visual
RAP .D756 C Compact Disc Audio Visual
RAP .D756 C Compact Disc Branch Audiobook CD

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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. ~ Steve Huey