The Chronic

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The Chronic
Studio album by Dr. Dre


December 15, 1992

Label (s) Death Row Records

Format (s)


Genre (s)

G-funk , hip-hop

Title (number)


running time



Studio (s)

  • Death Row Studios
- The Chronic 2001
Single releases
November 19, 1992 Nuthin 'but a' G 'Thang
May 20, 1993 Fuck wit Dre Day
September 13, 1993 Let me ride

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 beats for the sound carrier were completely created by Dr. Dre produced in collaboration with Suge Knight as executive producer . Samples from various songs by other artists were used.

Cover design

Professional reviews
source rating
Rolling Stone

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.

Guest Posts

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.

Track list

# title Guest Posts producer length
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

Chart positions
Explanation of the data
The Chronic
  DE 74 06/21/1993 (9 weeks)
  UK 43 09.09.2000 (8 weeks)
  US 3 02/13/1993 (95 weeks)
Nuthin 'but a' G 'Thang
  UK 31 01/22/1994 (4 weeks)
  US 2 01/30/1993 (27 weeks)
Fuck wit Dre Day
  UK 59 09/03/1994 (2 weeks)
  US 8th 05/15/1993 (20 weeks)
Let me ride
  UK 31 01/22/1994 (3 weeks)
  US 34 09/25/1993 (18 weeks)

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.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Rolling Stone: The Chronic # 138
  2. Sample list
  3. Rating: Rolling Stone
  4. Rating:
  5. Review:
  6. Logo of the Zig Zag rolling papers
  7. Album cover on
  8. Chart sources: DE AT CH UK US
  9. Chart tracking The Chronic at ( 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. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  10. US album charts
  11. US single charts
  12. Gold / platinum in USA for the singles
  13. Worldwide album sales on, 23 August 2015, English. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  14. USA: 3x platinum