|Studio album by Dr. Dre|
December 15, 1992
|Label (s)||Death Row Records|
The Chronic is the solo debut album by the American rapper Dr. Dre . It was released on December 15, 1992 through his own label Death Row Records . It is now considered classics , and Rolling Stone led The Chronic in 2012 at number 138 of his list of the 500 best albums of all time .
The album was created shortly after separating from his rap group NWA and established Dr. Dre as one of the most famous rappers and music producers in the USA . Several songs can be seen as "revenge" on his former bandmate Eazy-E .
The Chronic started a music known as G-Funk . Slow beats that were heavily influenced by the typical, bass-heavy groove of P-Funk ran through the album. In addition to P-Funk, many samples from Soul records were used in production, while hard, percussive funk originals have been used up to now . The use of synthesizers like the Moog for bass runs and melodies was also unusual back then. This style of music would soon become the predominant style of West Coast hip-hop for years . With the album began the career of Snoop Dogg , who worked on several songs.
The album cover is based on the logo of the Zig Zag cigarette papers. It shows a picture of Dr. Dres head in a round golden frame. Below the photo is the title The Chronic in blue and above it in gold letters Dr. Dre . The background is kept white.
There are many other artists on the album, some of whose careers began with the release of The Chronic. Musicians who appear include Snoop Dogg , Dat Nigga Daz , Kurupt , Nate Dogg , Warren G , RBX , The Lady of Rage , The DOC , Jewell, Ruben, Samara, BJ, Emmage and Bushwick Bill. A Nigga Witta Gun is the only solo song on the album, while Dr. Dre is absent from Lyrical Gangbang , Stranded on Death Row and The Roach itself.
|1||The Chronic (Intro)||Snoop Dogg||Dr. Dre||1:57|
|2||Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin ')||Snoop Dogg, RBX and Jewell||Dr. Dre||4:52|
|3||Let me ride||Snoop Dogg, Ruben and Jewell||Dr. Dre||4:21|
|4th||The Day the Niggaz Took Over||RBX, Snoop Dogg, and Dat Nigga Daz||Dr. Dre||4:33|
|5||Nuthin 'but a' G 'Thang||Snoop Dogg||Dr. Dre||3:58|
|6th||Deeez Nuuuts||Warren G , Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, and Nate Dogg||Dr. Dre||5:06|
|7th||Lil 'ghetto boy||Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, and Dat Nigga Daz||Dr. Dre||5:27|
|8th||A nigga Witta Gun||Dr. Dre||3:28|
|9||Advice, deed, deed||RBX, Snoop Dogg and BJ||Dr. Dre||3:48|
|10||The $ 20 Sack of Pyramid (Skit)||Snoop Dogg, Samara, Big Tittie Nickie and The DOC||Dr. Dre||2:53|
|11||Lyrical gangbang||The Lady of Rage , RBX and Dat Nigga Daz||Dr. Dre||4:04|
|12||High powered||The Lady of Rage, Kurupt and RBX||Dr. Dre||2:44|
|13||The Doctor's Office (Skit)||Jewell and The Lady of Rage||Dr. Dre||1:04|
|14th||Stranded on Death Row||Bushwick Bill, Kurupt, RBX, The Lady of Rage, and Snoop Dogg||Dr. Dre||4:47|
|15th||The Roach (The Chronic Outro)||RBX, Emmage, Ruben, Dat Nigga Daz, The Lady of Rage and Jewell||Dr. Dre||4:36|
|16||Bitches ain't shit||Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt and Jewell||Dr. Dre||4:48|
Chart successes and singles
The Chronic entered the German charts at number 98 in the 25th calendar week of 1993 and was at position 100 the following week before reaching the highest position 74. Overall, the album was in the top 100 for nine weeks. In the USA, the record rose to number 3 in the charts and stayed in the top 200 for 95 weeks.
As singles were Nuthin G 'Thang' a but ' , Fuck Wit Dre Day and Let Me Ride decoupled. All three songs could not be placed in the German charts. Nuthin 'but a' G 'Thang was awarded a platinum record for over a million singles sold , while Fuck Wit Dre Day was awarded gold for more than 500,000 units sold in the United States .
Sales figures and awards
The Chronic has sold around 7.5 million copies worldwide. Three million of these were sold in the USA alone, which is why it was awarded triple platinum there. In addition, the song won Let Me Ride at the Grammy Awards in 1994 the prize for best solo performance in the category Rap.
- Rolling Stone: The Chronic # 138
- Sample list
- Rating: Rolling Stone
- Rating: allmusic.com
- Review: rapreviews.com
- Logo of the Zig Zag rolling papers
- Album cover on amazon.de
- Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
- Chart tracking The Chronic at musicline.de ( Memento of the original from April 8, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.
- US album charts
- US single charts
- Gold / platinum in USA for the singles
- Worldwide album sales on statisticbrain.com, 23 August 2015, English. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
- USA: 3x platinum