The Chronic is the debut studio album by American hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre. It was released on December 15, 1992, by his own record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album is named after a slang term for high-grade cannabis, and its cover is an homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. It was Dr. Dre's first solo album after he had departed from hip hop group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute. On The Chronic, he included both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A member Eazy-E. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by then-emerging American rapper Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career. The Chronic peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and has been certified 3× Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) with sales of 3 million copies in the United States, which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. The Chronic spent eight months in the Billboard Top 10. The album's three singles became top ten Billboard singles. "Nuthin' but a ‘G’ Thang" peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number one on both the Hot Rap Singles and Hot R&B Singles charts.Dr. Dre's production has been noted for popularizing the G-funk subgenre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and one of the most well-produced hip hop albums of all time. In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".Wikipedia
Woke up, didn't choke up Saw my AK, it was broke up Put it together like a jigsaw Got my nine and my Rambo knife off the floor Went to the bathroom, and beat the rush Yo, who the fuck used my toothbrush? Went to my sister's room, yo bitch, wake up You stupid ass, dirty ass, nasty ass slut Shot her in the leg, shot her in the thigh Kicked her in the pussy and punched her in the eye Slapped her in the head, stepped on her corns Don't fuck with mine bitch, word is bond Went downstairs to eat wit' my folks Ma, you broke my fuckin' egg yolk! Punched her in the chest, cut on her cheek Then I did a sweep, knocked the bitch off her feet Knee to the pussy, kick to the skull AK y'all, shot that bitch in the temple Pop got mad 'cause mom got licked I didn't give a fuck so I shot him in the dick Hungry as fuck, said my grace Pop kept screamin' so I shot him in the face Ate my food, found my coat Mailman came so I cut his motherfuckin' throat Waitin' for the motherfuckin' school bus!! - Black Sheep / A Wolf in Sheeps Clothing (Intro) --------------------------- Within a week of The Chronic being released every kid I knew turned into a weed-smoking gangster. This, from the streets of Salisbury, a white-collar neighborhood in afflutent Virginia. The Chronic played well for plenty of awkward suburban teens looking to find confidence in themselves. There was an effortless gravitation toward an identity that used strong words and threats of conflict by rapping about AKs, UZIs, hollow-tips, dicks too big for your mouth etc. It all provided a great act to hide behind. Now, nearly 20 years removed from this, I assumed I would listen to it with new ears and find something that I enjoyed. And, I did --- the beats --- those dope beats behind tracks like Let Me Ride, Fuck Wit Dre Day, "G" Thang, etc. are amazing. I'm gettin' into it, bobbin' and weavin', thumpin' my chest and consuming those yummy hardcore lyrics signing "...I'm callin' 1-8-7 with my dick in ya mouth..." [record skips] Wait. What?! In addition to the beats, and possibly moreso, the popularity of this album is predicated on the attitude and strong persona it conveyed to those kids in Salisbury. And it's not such a far cry from recent tactics used by a former U.S. president. Both employ chest-thumping, direct FU conflict attitudes to up the ante. They both change the game, and normalize violence and confrontation to instill confidence in a people unsecure in the world around them. This album, for all of its regurgitated funk beats, deep bass and good grooves, does not outweigh its detriment on society and the mainstream acceptance of gangster rap. The Chronic killed hip-hop. Tribe / De La / Eric B. and Rakim / BDP / PE etc. groups with real messages and a good time dried up overnight for this shit. The Black Sheep track "Intro," cited at the top ends by waking up ... it was all a dream... he dreamed he was 'hard.' In reality, the popularity of this style rap lasted for years. So yeah, twenty years on, this album is worse than I remember. It has new meaning based on the times we live in and for that, I'm allocating a BIG FAT zero stars. Sorry, Dre and Co., the content of this shit sucks. You are better than this. But it's not all bad news, I'm doling out a bonus star for those dope funktastic beats that got me movin' and shakin'.
it's aged pretty badly and he relies on snoop...a lot.
Hated this album with a passion, though Snoop Dogg's contributions lifted my mood somewhat. Can't get past those gangsta rap subculture vibes, youknowwhatimsayin?
Stone-cold classic. I feel unable to speak to the music in any cohesive way. But I know that the sampling work is second-to-none, pulling a wide swathe of music into a cohesive statement of the tip-top West Coast sound. There are multiple performers featured on top of that production, too, but they also blend beautifully. It's an exuberant album for the most part, occasionally dipping into dread. Predictably, most of those occasions are connected to cops somehow, but there's also a game show segment? In any case, it, like the other skits, is neither profound nor distracting. The last track could easily be dropped to keep the thing under an hour, though.
(Due to the nature of this album, I suppose I should add a content warning for language which some may find offensive. No offence is intended. By the by, am I the only one here offering such a courtesy?) God, I'm chary about reviewing this. I have previously suggested that the commercial success of gangsta rap proved ultimately detrimental to hip hop's artistic development, both in that it smothered other branches of the genre, and also it didn't have that much of interest to say. However, I recognise that maybe I'm arguing from a surface understanding of the music; I love other transgressive music like Throbbing Gristle and Slayer, so I might appreciate this particular style of bluenose-tweaking. Anyway, I had The Chronic aged 18, so I'm not coming into it virginally. But, one aspect that has made me uncomfortable with gangsta rap is, yes, the exploitation of negative stereotypes of a minority. Now, NWA were rather guilty of that themselves, but there was some leavening due to Ice Cube's undeniable intelligence. The Chronic, of course, does not have Ice Cube on it. And as such, it largely lacks any point to make. It's a repetitive series of depictions of racial violence, but it says nothing to make the listener ponder, except to wonder if this is unpleasantly comparable to a minstrel show. Are they just showing nasty caricatures of African-Americans for your entertainment? Take the song The Day the Niggaz Took Over. As a song, it purports to show narrratives of participants of the LA riots. But it conveys no message: it's just people saying they like to go looting. That would be criticisable enough, but the opening uses the word "apartheid". In 1992, apartheid was finally being dismantled, and even though he'd once committed sabotage against the regime, Nelson Mandela renounced violence. Did they not pick up on the cognitive dissonance? So what is good about The Chronic? Well, the production is fantastic: the squelchy synths and Funkadelic basslines still make white people bite their lower lip as they rock out. But it's in service to a charmless conceit. You know, the misogyny and homophobia aren't just massively offensive, they're not nice to listen to. Also, has there ever been a skit on a rap album that rises above the level of chore? But, the failure of The Chronic is due to none of this. Not the shallowness, not the coarseness, not even the bigotry. The album fails because it's boring. I realised that by track 10, the poetically titled Lyrical Gangbang, that I was really, really bored, that the album was just something on in the background. This should be no surprise; an hour of some men continually shouting out motherfucker for the sake of shouting out motherfucker doesn't appear prima facie to be the most enlightening use of your time. But it is surprising how tedious it gets. For all its supposed attitude, The Chronic is extremely ignorable. This is the sound of talented individuals wasting their time and yours solely because some idiots will always throw their money at people blowing raspberries and saying "bum".
“This should be played at high volume. Preferably in a residential area.” Right on. I listened to this album many times as a youngster and thoroughly enjoyed it. However after listening again today, I realize that I used to skip a bunch of tracks. For instance, I don’t recognize Lil’ Ghetto Boy, A N**** With A Gun, nor Stranded on Death Row. But oh my are there some great tracks here. F**k Wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’), Let Me Ride, and Nuthin’ But A G Thang are the standouts. The beats sound a bit outdated, but fresh enough to still get by. Nuthin’ But A G Thang is the best of them all. I listened to this over and over again on my Koss stereo writing down the lyrics a couple of words at a time until I had the whole thing. Where was AppleMusic with the live streaming lyrics??? The skits were also enjoyable, especially The $20 Sack Pyramid. I still like that one just as much as 30 years ago. Songs I like even though they aren’t the cream of the crop: Lil’ Ghetto Boy, Lyrical G******g, and The Roach (The Chronic Outro). In the 90s, this was definitely a five star album. If I were hearing this for the first time today, probably four stars due to the filler tracks. But I have too much history with The Chronic to not put it in my top tier.
Important - yes. Hugely influential, created an entire sound, often emulated, never bettered, there are some incredible beats here - Let Me Ride, Nuthin' but a G Thang, Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat - and plenty of mood and novel innovations. It's hard to overstate The Chronic's significance in the history of hip hop and the rise of the West Coast. But - looking back - there are no classic verses on this album. Despite his charisma, Snoop was never a great rapper and Dr Dre isn't a rapper at all (the DOC would surely have featured more but for his tragic vocal accident). The skits are infantile, puerile and, most unforgivably, unamusing. The subject matter barely moves beyond smoking, macking, hoes, fronting and general gangsta BS - when you compare this record with the searing social commentary of Cube's Predator released the same year, this album just has nothing to say. Dre would later perfect the formula with the massive 2001, arguably near single handedly flipping hip hop from niche to the main stream (where EVERY beat in the charts was a hip hop beat). This album leads there for sure and it's a classic in its context but aside from a handful of tracks, age well it has not.
Never been into rap very much but heard this one a lot over the years. It's good enough that even without being a fan of the genre you'd say "oh yeah, The Chronic is all time" etc etc. A couple of things to note though: this album was pretty much the point where heavy sampling stopped, and also the point where the excessive weed worship began in rap. Pretty much everything released afterwards in the 90s took its cues from this - for better or worse. Some of it was awesome (Cypress Hill, Ice-T's Return of the Real), but towards the end of the 90s I really started to fucking hate a lot of what this album inspired. But can I hold that against this? The other thing is: it's a LONG album. I never really listen to the whole thing. It didn't bore me on this listen, but it did start to feel like the album could've ended already. 4/5
Impossibly overrated. If not for the contributions by the always appealing Snoop Dogg, this would be a challenge to get through. It has its moments, but maybe ease up on the historical praise a bit (really Rolling Stone? The 37th greatest album of all time?). Plus I never cared for Beats headphones. Snoop bumps it up from a 2. Actual rating is 2.5.
Une performance absolument minable de la part de Dr. Dre, qui vient récupérer la place de pire album de rap du générateur, éjectant ainsi Queen Latifah du trône. On peut légitimement se demander pourquoi cet album figure dans la liste, en lieu et place de 2001, le meilleur album de Dre. Mais ça, seul Robert en détient la réponse, en sécurité dans un de ses nombreux coffre-fort.
Very dated especially with the homophobia and misogyny
rap music, with a lot of N****R & Mother F****R in the lyrics. ZERO if I could.
G-funk is the heart and soul of what makes West-Coast and LA Hip-hop so unique, and this is the blueprint that all other music I grew up on is based off of. Even with that being said, there were moments that come across as a little dated (mostly skits), which put it dangerously close to a low 10. Bit of a weird paradox, but still a phenomenal album.
I could do without the skits.
A HUGE bounceback from the disappointing album yesterday. It's Dr. Dre's blueprint for West Coast hip hop, basically Cali's Illmatic. I do love this album, the production is consistently fantastic, and the charisma from and chemistry between Dre and Snoop is intoxicating. Sounds much fresher than 1992, there are plenty of '90s albums that followed this and did not age as well. I've always preferred 2001 to the Chronic, and that opinion remains the case as I think this one is bogged down by the skits. But still, a very excellent and impressive project, built from the ground up by one of the most influential forces in the history of hip hop production. Favorite tracks: Nuthin But a G Thang, Fuck Wit Dre Day, Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat, Let Me Ride, Bitches Ain't Shit. Album art: Iconic, timeless. Such an amazing design here, to look like the Zig-Zag rolling papers logo. Perfectly referential. They don't make 'em like this anymore. 4.5/5
good album, was perfected in 2001 however, this is rawer, but still has that Dre gloss
It feels almost blasphemous to give this album only three stars. It was and is a cornerstone of west-coast hiphop. But. How much do you really need to talk about your dick? At some point, you gotta move on to a different subject or people are going to start thinking you're compensating for some shortcomings, you know? Honestly, the album didn't age very well. Both Dre and Snoop are capable of more and, as time has moved on, they've proved it, leaving this album to stand by the road as a milestone but not a destination in its own right.
71. The Chronic - Dr Dre 16 tracks. He N****** I'm gonna F*** you up Mofo then I'm gonna shove my cock in yo Mofo mouth you Mofo N***** Yippe-yo-yippe-ye you Mofo N***** 😳 Nah. It's not for me you mofo's 🤣 2/5
Just a another mother fuckin'...
Unlistenable lyrical content from an evil man.
First album I got that I already listened to. Dre and Snoop are some of the greatest of all-time.
On this list of 1001 albums this album deserves 5 stars. If I were to rate it outside of this? 3/5
Had me in a west coast mood all day!
Hard-hitting bars, the upbeat west coast flow is timeless. This is a true classic
"This ain't Areosmith" It's probably not this simple but it felt at the time like this album changed hip hop overnight. Groundbreaking sonically and commercially.
Classic rap album one of my favorites
Excellent gangsta rap album, as well as an excellent output from a then-up-and-coming Snoop Dogg. Among the best in the rap genre, as well as all-time.
It has been a while since I last listened to this, but beats, choice of samples, flow ..so much better than that album of the Streets a few days ago.. It is the Funkadelic/Parliament 70s feel of it.
The innovator of G-Funk. Dre and Snoop are both incredible on this album. Very few weak spots. Best track: Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang
Doesn’t get much better. This is rap music everything else is second best.
Legendary. G-Funk 4 Lyfe.
Iconic, you know? Not much more to say there.
I'm not that much of a fan of hip-hop/rap, but I have to admit, this is one of the most influential albums in that regard. Was revolutionary at the time.
Smooth beats. Great features. Slick verses and skits from Snoop. Actual classic
The Chronic does what it needs to do. The song is best listened to on a hot summer's day, preferably in an automobile. Yes, feel it. It introduced Snoop Dogg and established Dr Dre as both a rapper and a talented producer who could pull together the best bits of the funk era to create a brand new sound straight outta South Central Los Angeles. The album is also rooted in the 1992, in the months after the LA riots when the city was still coming to terms with what had happened. One of the most refreshing things is that this is not purely a boy's club. The Lady of Rage and Jewell feature on several tracks, a perspective not often heard on gangsta rap. There's also the frequent odes to weed. In a time when a teen idol like Justin Bieber can be at the top of the charts singing about getting his weed from California, here's a reminder of the blunt force (lol) that The Chronic unfurled. Also " Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" is such a good song.
This album is so good. The sampling is amazing. And it really laid the tracks for all of the great rap that has come after it. Loved it!
Bem mais tranquilo que aqueles que as meninas ouviam nas viagens, mesmo tendo um monte de motherfucker.
Have this one on vinyl. A classic
Nice album, de gros souvenirs d’enfance. J’adore 5*
Classic! Definitely dated in parts but still has some great tracks.
A classic. Dre may not be the greatest rapper out there but Snoop carries a lot of the load for him. The G funk sound is just amazing. While Dre may be a bit deficient in mic skills he is a God of beats. Some of the greatest songs in the history of the genre are found here. The only real negatives I can think of are when Snoop is absent from the tracks. It's most notable in the second half of the album. The lyrical content is also a bit iffy. I'm not a big fan of some of the choices made, but it was 30 years ago. Times were different. Even so the gangsta era of rap was always a bit of a double edged sword. There were some absolute brutal lines delivered that just sounded awesome or ice cold but one has to wonder how much damage might have been done by glorifying this lifestyle. I'm not some uptight Tipper Gore type but I don't thinknit can really be ignored either. Just something to think about or debate. Uh, anyway this album is an all time great. It helped put Snoop on the map and is just so damn fun to listen to. Any negatives are immediately offset by legendary beats and songs. 5 stars all the way. The only real
This album is like Kind of Blue (the first Wu-Tang is too) in that so much talent appears on the album and almost everything AFTER this album from the people on it is great.
Absolutely out of this world
An all time classic that of course had to be tarnished by crypto culture. Thanks Snoop Dogg.
This is my second gangsta rap album in a row. Yesterday, I gave ICE-T's "O.G. Original Gangster" a 5/5 and I actually enjoyed this one even more. Stop giving me good rap albums or I'll have to go down a rabbit hole I never envisioned myself peeking my head into. The only thing I didn't like were the cheesy skits. I've also noticed that hip hop albums in general happen to be really long. This one, at around 63 minutes, was one of the shorter ones.
Shame Spotify didn't have the whole album. Well worth seeking it out on YT though
Let me ride pops into my head at least once a month
Transformational. Changed the face of hip-hop and, by extension, pop music. Plus, introduced the world to Snoop. 'Nuff said.
I dont usually listen to rap, and today is no different
It's rare you can find an album that captures two moods so well: there's a certain revelatory nature of the whole record; the beats are huge and have aged like fine wine while still capturing a time and place. At the same time, this record isn't as lackadaisical as it seems on the surface: there are plenty of shots to other rappers ("Come over here and let me suck your dick!") and just talks of hard living. G-funk is still a fantastic genre that only Dr. Dre seems to fully understand, and Snoop is in prime form on this record. Favorite tracks: "Lyrical Gangbang", "A Nigga Witta Gun", "The Next Episode"
Such a bold record
An all time classic
THE CHRONIC FAV TRACKS: LET ME RIDE, NUTHIN BUT A 'G' THANG, DEEEZ NUUUTS, LIL' GHETTO BOY, A N**** WITH A GUN, RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT, THE $20 SACK PYRAMID [SKIT], THE DOCTORS OFFICE [SKIT], THE ROACH [THE CHRONIC OUTRO], BITCHES AINT SHIT 9/10
An OG Classic!
Not on Spotify unfortunately, but on YouTube plenty. A classic, set out a path for hip-hop for years to come, and still the standard everyone is striving for.
One of the top 5 best West Coast rap albums of all time. Need I say more?
The lyrics are at times debatable. Snoop carries a LOT of this album in that regard. But THE PRODUCTION. Jeez. These are the crispest beats of the 90s, hands down. You could write entire dissertations in music theory about the finer arts of sampling on this beast, and people went ahead and did that. If you try to explain hip hop as a genre, as a movement, as a timeline, you can not pass up on the Chronic.
Fantastic album. Love the G-Funk sound. Let Me Ride, Dr. Dre, G Thang...all absolute classics. 4.5/5
8th September 2022 Listened throughout the day on YouTube on the day the Queen died. The production on this is insane as you would expect. One of the greats, vintage west coast rap.
It’s for sure in the top 5 best hip hop album of the ‘90s. Maybe top 5 of all time.
The first half is classic Dre, but the second half took me by surprise, sounding more like Beastie Boys meets Hieroglyphics meets west coast rap. 5/5
ya think snoop and dre ever fucked?
5 Smoking weed
From the start, you can tell how important this album was and still is for rap. Dr. Dre is certainly well know for being one of the greatest producers of all time, but this album proves he has the chops to make a hard hitting solo record from a rap perspective. His arrangement and feature choices are also top notch and the whole album listen now is one that you can feel forlorn for a grittier, more real time in rap, I'd give this album a 9/10.
A classic. Changed the entire game.
Delighted to open this one, been meaning to give it a listen for a while now. Hard opening with the squeaky balloon synth. Nuthin' but a "G" Thang is some banger, perfect. And I didn't realise Beastie boys had sampled A Nigga Witta Gun, love that beat. Brilliant album overall, very impressed.
Almost half of these songs are in GTA games so even though this was technically a first time listen it was still nostalgic for me
Fantastic record debut for Dr. Dre.
Dre's first album, he's only done three solo albums One for every time rap needed a doctor Man is a legend
No doubt this album is special. Especially for it's time. I listened to Dre's albums a while back and never caught on and here I was listening again, nodding my head to the tracks but ending wondering why I felt the same way. This isn't a bad album, in fact, it's the best album this week so far, but I still couldn't find any songs on it that I'd take away. Maybe I like 2001 more, maybe Dre just isn't my style, but I still can't deny how good this is. I'd listen to it anytime.
Really cool music, really uncomfortable lyrics. I can't remotely pretend I can relate with gangsta rap, but I can appreciate it. "The Day the N*****z Took Over" and "Little Ghetto Boy" are particularly powerful. The beats and music on this album are amazing. This album just oozes cool. Glad we recently listened to Parliament's Mothership Connection since it's so prominently sampled here. Loved hearing the drums from "When the Levee Breaks" on "Lyrical Gangbang." Amazing grooves on "A N***a with a Gun" and "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat" but, again, difficult lyrics. I feel like this album deserves a 5, but I reserve that for albums I can listen to any time...this is not that, but I can definitely appreciate why it's on this list. Solid, powerful 4.
I think If I was more knowledgeable about the progression of rap, this album would be even more impressive. Still, when you consider how cheesy or juvenile rap was in the 80's (Sugarhill Gang, Young MC, Beastie Boys-at times), you can appreciate the rawness of the lyrics and songs on this album. I'd say one knock is how some of the songs are just being angry at or trying to be superior to other "gangstas" or women. Some, like "The Day the N Took Over" and "L'il Ghetto Boy" has more political commentary like his work in NWA (or work by Public Enemy) and that's the stuff I really appreciate. I probably also don't appreciate how much his sampling and beats changed the industry. But looking at just how much he sampled and layered in, it's pretty impressive.
Yeah, the music and the grooves are great. Undeniably that this stuff, if you are into Gangster Rap is great. But I just felt... uncomfortable listening to it. There's a scene in Office Space where one of the characters is listening to Gangster Rap blaring out of his car and then a car drives by with black people in the car. This is probably the first album I listened to on headphones, just because I didn't want anyone in the house hearing it. The music itself is really good, but it's all about getting stoned and killing and f**king. No way I am going to listen to this again. I can see how this could be considered a classic. I remember a number of my students having this way back when I first became a teacher, and even years later. It definitely has staying power.
de este tipo sin ser mi estilo lo he disfrutado, buenos ritmos y líneas de bajo. madafaca pussy
Great album. A lot of classics. I had heard the entire album before and I will continue to listen to it.
The thing that stands out the most is the production, its superb 👌. Its quality really gives the songs an extra oomph. Its great to listen to depside not being the biggest fan of rap and lyrically unrelatable as a Caucasian from the other side of the world. Some of the music and beats can be incredibly dated like Lyrical Gangbang, but bangers like Let Me Ride and Nuthun' But A "G" Thang more than make up for it. Plus it gave the world Deez Nuts.
Some of the lyrics are really dated and ruin the listening experience. The production, beats and grooves still reign supreme
Yes Dr.Dre we will never forget
dze vind ik leuk !
10/31 Ridiculously well produced, classic gangsta rap. Standout Tracks: Let Me Ride, Nuthin' But A "G" Thang, Deeez Nuuuts, Lyrical Gangbang, Stranded On Death Row, The Roach (The Chronic Outro)
Brilliant, full of excellent tracks
Now, i'm not the worst middle aged white guy to review Mr Dre's '92 groundbreaking, raw and significant album, but this was awesome, and bonus point for heavy sampling of P-Funk. I ain't going to be singing along aloud though.
Visa mig ett album från 90 talet där de int har en minut lång sex-skit SNÄLLA
Classic Dre. Whole album slaps, but if you're looking for hits: Nothin' But A Thang, Bitches Ain't Shit, and Let Me Ride. I really dig Rat-tat-tat-tat and Stranded On Death Row as well.
What a launchpad for Snoop Dogg. It's amazing how present he is on this. It's hard to believe he wasn't already a famous and known entity. Dre knows talent. He also knows how to produce an album. There's so much work here. He attacks his enemies, proclaims his greatness, breaks new talent, and gets creative lyrically. Even his material that has not aged well can't be dismissed due to its cleverness.
Hahaha, yeah, nine-deuce Death Row Records, creepin' while you're sleepin' Songs with attitude? Shit yeah, songs with a mid-90s flava, brought back some memories If I quote any more lyrics I'll get arrested Love the beats Sexism can go get flipped
Es rollt so smooth, die Gefahr läuft süß und honigfarben aus den Boxen und ich Whitie Weißbrot imaginiere mich fast fühlbar ins L.A. der frühen 90er - dahin, wo ich nie gehörte und I know it. Fantastische Platte, alle Props mehr als verdient.
Dit vond ik toch wel echt heel goed. En door die film Straight Outta Compton heb ik veel respect gekregen voor Dr. Dre. Daarom vier sterren.
Get my dick in a baguette and eat it, this is superb.
Catchy hip hop album. Love Snoop's cameos.
Good rock album. Probably my second favorite ac/dc album. It’s consistent with its rock tone throughout. Doesn’t let up much but also doesn’t vary. Starts strong but not many other songs are as popular as the title theme. 6.5/10
Never listened to it before but had heard certain songs. Thought it was really good but a bit long.
Fantastic album. Great mixing - better than a lot of the albums coming out now.
Hearing this made me think about my time in high school. It has a very unique sound that made me think of west coast and California. I enjoyed it!
I forgot about Dre. 🙁
Of a time for sure but still has some absolutely brilliant moments and tracks
Speaking as a white man from the suburbs this album was definitely not made for me
Legendary album and massively influential. Demonstrates the flawlessness of Dre’s production and mixing, as well as classic 90s rapping. The run time is quite long however and each song follows the same tempo and musical formula, that it loses its effect after the first half. The production is what pushes it to a 4 for me.
This of course defined G funk, launched Snoop, and was a landmark album, but for my money, not as many memorable songs as 2001.
Onhan tää pirun hyvin tuotettu, ei voi muuta sanoa. Jokainen biitti rullaa nätisti ja kaikilla hyvä flow. Etenkin Snoopin tyyli sopii tähän kuin nenä päähän. Lyriikat on perus gangsta shittiä ja iskeehän sieltä tasaisesti jotain kuraa korvaan (vika biisi esim ugh). Mut jos pistää taustalle soimaan, niin on kyl oikein tunnelmallinen ja groovaava levy.
Damn, almost forgot about Dre
When surrounded by NWA and Snoop, Dre doesn’t hold up as much but still classic
One of the greatest gangster rap albums of all time. Few albums can make you feel more like a bad ass than this one. The level of talent Dre has discovered and groomed is ridiculous. He doesn’t get as much credit as like JayZ because he didn’t start a clothing line or a make his own cologne. But - he just stuck to rap. For like 40 years. And is awesome at it.
Production stood out on this one, Dre developed that classic whistle synth so well that you immediately know it's him when the beat starts. Back then artists really were ride or die for the label. Snoop laid down so many iconic rhymes on this album that he took into Doggystyle the next year. So this album essentially set Snoop up to drop one of the most legendary hip hop albums of all time. Favorite songs - Nuthin but a G Thang, Stranded on Death Row, Bitches Ain't Shit
I feel like I spent the entire year that this album came out having to explain to my white friends why they couldn't also say the N-word. Other than that I like it. It's probably about a 3 for my enjoyment level but it gets and extra point for being so influential.
A bit puerile but still good.
An album totally of its time. Love the sound, synths and swampy bass lines. I'm going to have to listen through to the samples list. The lyrics could have used a second pass, but here we are. These men really, really, really like talking about dick sucking.
I’m not even sure I’m listening to the actual album. Seems to be hard to track down. Anyway, what I heard was recorded rich nth degree detail, and obviously a few big popular tracks.
Solid example of early 90s rap. Dre transitions from the 'Gangsta Rap' label that NWA acquired and turns to Hip Hop Impresario by featuring the Death Row players. This is where Snoop emerges and turns into an eventual impresario himself, but that's another story. 4/5.
The most hugely influential album when it comes to west coast hip hop. Great beats, great production. Relies on Snoop Dogg a lot though, and the skits aren't very good at all.
"With a producer who can rap and control the maestro at the same time". This line represents Dr. Dre very well. In addition to being, in my opinion, the best hip-hop producer I know, he has his own vibe on the microphone and he knows how to rap. The lyrics on this record have certainly aged badly, and the album might be a little too long, but the tracks are musically mind-blowing. The appearances of Snoop Dog are also excellent.
Didn't age that well, but the beats are still pretty sick. Snoop is at his best in this album and I think it should be his face on that cover. I had a good time, even if an hour of gangsta rap talking about how big their dick is can be quite long (maybe as long as their dicks, who knows?). The breaks are mostly annoying too and doesn't add anything to the album but unnecessary length. Anyway, a very important piece of rap culture nonetheless and some great hits that I'll certainly come back to.
I’ve heard this before and remember it being well produced if filled with homophobia and sexism (rightly) not acceptable today. Snoop Dogg truly brings it to his world debut and the G Funk sound is fun, just wish it was less vulgar.
This is widely considered to be a classic album and some consider it one of the best rap albums of all time. I can’t say I really agree. I know how influential this album was in shaping the west coast/gangster rap sound and I do believe Dr. Dre is one of the greatest producers of all time but I’ve always felt that almost every song on this album sounds the same, probably because every beat uses the flute/synth sound that came to define west coast hip hop and there are just too many features of the same people over and over. I prefer the sequel, The Chronic 2001
Top album, laatste tijd zeer veel goede old school hip hop albums langs gekomen
Some classic hip hop flawless production but in my opinion some questionable bars, love Dre by snoop carrries
Probably the first hip hop album I really appreciated. I love Dre's backing tracks. It feels as much a Snoop album, but darker.
Legendary producer and pioneer of Gangsta Rap of the 90's. Great album overall although most of the skits I did not enjoy. The middle songs were also a bit lacking. Nothin' But A G Thang is easily top 5 best Rap songs of all time.
**6/18/2022 - ALBUM #142** Today's Album: "The Chronic" by Dr. Dre - This is a pretty solid rap album from one of the biggest legends in hip-hop. Dr. Dre emerged onto the hip hop scene as a member NWA in the late 80s and early 90s, but this album was released after Dre's departure from the group and he definitely puts his fallout with them to work lyrically on this project. The album even opens up with disses on NWA member Eazy E and manager Jerry Heller, showing that Dre is not messing around on this album and he continues throughout the tracklist to justify his stature in the rap game, which he does well. Snoop Dogg also features on this album a ton, pretty much every track, and although he is a bit more cut throat than usual here, I really think the moments that emphasize his smooth and laid back flow pair so well with Dre's more straightforward rapping technique. I think it's pretty clear that Dre and Snoop are having a ton of fun writing this album, with lots of talk about "deez nuts", but they also cover a lot of really hard hitting topics on tracks like Lil Ghetto Boy and High Powered. It feels really fresh compared to many of the rap albums the generator has given me so far, and I think a lot of the tracks here are really great. Nothin' But A 'G' Thang and Bitches Aint Shit are absolute classics in rap and pretty fairly represent the quality of rapping throughout this album, which is pretty damn solid for its time. There are definitely moments on this album where Dre's tone while rapping starts to feels like being shouted at in a slam poetry club, but it's not too bad to the point where it ruins any song for me. Overall, this is a really great introduction to the very unique and skillful hip hop of Dr. Dre, even if some of it hasn't aged super well to my personal tastes. Give this one a listen if you want a 90s rap project still worth listening to today Highlights: Let Me Ride, Nothin' But A 'G' Thang, Lil' Ghetto Boy, High Powered, Bitches Aint Shit. Score: 7.5/10 A very well executed 90s hip-hop album.
I'm going to skip this, simply because I know this album as well as I know my little brother. (Quite possibly better) Side A (tape, since you're asking) remains one of the most incendiary passages I've ever heard in pop music (pop music: music explicitly intended for engagement by and the entertainment of anything more that an niche audience. A useful, if complete heuristic: if there's a third party budget on the table that extends beyond minimum wage, then it's pop.) Side B...actually, I will listen to this again. There may be stuff I've missing. I don't see how, but neither do I see how the two sides could be the creation of the same entity. (Later). Nah, Side B still sucks. So my rating is purely on the energy, the inventiveness, the playfulness, the shamelessness of Side A
I really enjoyed this album. Too bad Spotify does not have the whole album.
West Coast classic.
4.0/5 first half of the album is astounding! 2nd half is ok but too many features not enough Dre. Prediction throughout the album is amazing! Standouts: Fuck wit Dre Day Let me ride🔥🔥🔥 The day n*** took over Nuthin’ but a g thing 🔥🔥🔥🔥 Lil ghetto boy A n*** with a gun🔥 $20 sack pyramid Lyrical gangbang High power Bitches ain’t shit
Sadly due to Snoop Dogg's ego, belief in NFTs and business interests this has been removed from all the major streaming platforms, so unable to follow the link to listen. Luckily for me, I have it on vinyl so can listen to it when the mood takes me (as long as I'm in the house...). As debuts and statements of intent go, this is hard to beat.
Only one track available on Spotify, but I remember when this came out back in the day. Hell of a debut and what a way to move on from NWA;
It's a classic, it's a belter
Very much wavering here between a 3 and 4, it's a milestone album for it's genre, but some of the subject matter and the attitudes expressed have not aged well (not that they were necessarily okay at the time either).
Aged like a fine deez nuts joke 🍷
Always love Dr.Dre
Really enjoyed this one! The only real negative for me would be the skits cause I could've done without them but the production on this is incredible and it makes me want to definitely check out more stuff by everyone who was involved.
Très bon album qui s'enchaîne bien. Les beats sont bons et pas trop répétitifs, la vibe est intéressante, et l'histoire derrière l'album l'est tout autant. Belle collab avec Snoop Dog, les "bars" sont intéressantes. Un peu long par contre.
Classic, not on Spotify. Liked it better once upon a time
When the inevitable happens and I must enter into gang warfare with 1 hour to prepare....this is the album I will be listening to. Deez nuts.
😋$20 sack pyramid😋
man some of the greatest rap songs of all time, but the rest of the album was just okay for me. keeps it from getting a 5
If you smoke a lot of weed this the album for you
Sadly not available on Spotify as of September 2022. Solid album
I forgot how hard the album actually was. Listened to the chronic when it came out. The lyrics spoke to me when I was younger. Not so much anymore
A lot better than I expected. Can see myself listen to it again.
I would have never picked up this album by myself. I enjoyed it. It was angry and funny and had a great style to it. It took me a little while to get into but overall enjoyed it
This is still a great record. But you have to be in the right head space for it. Times have changed and some of the content has not aged well.
Hardest album to rate so far. I will start with the negatives. Generally I don't like albums that are not conceputal to last over an hour and I can clearly see some stuff being crossed out here. Despite being a solo record it's heavily carried by Snoop Dogg (and to lover extend by other guests, Dre is clearly the weakest rapper on most tracks). On the positive side this is very clearly massively influential record and what I appreciate the most - it puts you in a mood. This has no chance of turning into background music like a lot of albums does. It bangs and slaps and paints clear picture of 90's West Coast scene for you. And I enjoyed it. I don't agree with this failing the test of time or ageing poorly, because it doesn't try to stay relevant - it is true to it's time.
Rap/hip-hop might be the remaining bastion of complete album experience. The style and degree of intention for them sort of require that every song stand on its own, and not be anchored by a particular hit. This album, even after two listens, has minimal impact from a single track and that is only because of the reference/shout-out to The D.O.C. As objective as this review can be, the subject matter and related experiences are a world that not everyone will completely understand. This production is every bit as personal as it is a means to entertain so for some it is an education of sorts, where for others it is a commentary on their actual lives.
It's an undeniable classic that had significant impact on culture, and the production is impeccable. That being said, there are still a few issues. It seems like several songs include extended outros that are mostly shit talking Easy E, and several skits about fucking or "DEEEEEZZZ NUTZZZZ".
The braggadocio can get tiring and the skits are very skippable, but the music never disappoints. The start of a whole new era (for better and worse).
I am a big Parliament fan so the production is really cool. I dig the flow, and its cool to see the launch of Snopp Dogg's career. The lyrics are pretty damn crass, but that lends to its "realness". The middle of the album starts to feel pretty slow, especially with the sketch. The Roach is a great homage.
It's a hell of an album, but I've also kind of aged out of it. I can appreciate the artistry of the mix, production, style while taking a dimmer view of the content. Still, it is of its time and projects the lifestyle of the people and places from where it derives, which has its own value.
Most of these tracks, aside from the skits, are great. Excellent production and beats, with lyrics masterfully delivered. The content, however, is misogynistic and repetitive as hell.
Too many bad words, my grandma didn't like it
Snoop Dogg on the intro is insane!!! Lol. Can’t believe I hadn’t heard this track. The interpretation of Funkadelic into hip hop on this debut album is pretty amazing and executed flawlessly through the first 3 tracks. Goddamn track 4 on the LA riots! Never heard this, what a great bridge between 3 and 5. BDP and Jamaican vibes. Side A is hitting me way better than I expected. Deez Nutz might be a slight lull but Nate Dogg jumps on the scene in great form! Lil Ghetto Boy closes out a phenomenal side A. Again, the Jamaican influence is a nice surprise, and this is an excellent landmark of G-Funk. Side B kicks off with great samples, hilarious $20 Sack skit, slows down a bit toward the end. Only thing that really feels like filler is the P-Funk chronic Outro. Its a little corny and long-winded. The final song is another low point for me, where the overt misogyny seems to nudge out the humor and fonk as the dominant force.
Classic album. Dre at his best musically speaking. I have never been a fan of certain aspects of west coast gangster rap as far as some of the lyrical choices and skits but I didn’t grow up in that situation. Best album I have been recommended.
My Spotify isn’t fancy so it doesn’t play the whole album or even only the album (I kept thinking isn’t this too early for Eminem?). But it was my first bbmac class after a week off and it was a SOLO class and i a little bit almost passed out but this helped get me through it.
Okay so my review: It's like this and like that and like this, Bow wow wow yippie-yo yippie-yay! It's like this and like that and like this! Fun album.
Impressive album. Enjoyed it.
Buen disco, se me hace largo
decent 90s rap album album
Great middle finger to eazy-e an the manager for nwa. But honestly for all the classics on this fuck death row and suge night.
Bit much. Tried listening at 10Am and it wasn't the one.
Would be 5 if I was still 16 years old. The world has changed a lot since.
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The beats are great, the rhymes not as much. Certainly an album you must hear before you die, though
I have a strange fondness for gangsta rap. I guess it's a guilty pleasure? The lyrics are so juvenile and offensive... but it almost becomes a kind of transgressive art like punk rock. It get's so ridiculous that it becomes kind of silly I guess. Still, it's hard to get past a lot of the sexism and macho-ness in these records. But having said that, the grooves and samples are great on this record. And I love all of Snoop's appearances. Like a lot of 90's stuff, it's too long and pretty uneven but it makes sense that this is considered a classic hip-hop record.
An iconic album to be sure but not one I had heard in its entirety until now. Overall an important album but not one of my favorites. I liked one or two songs so that is what I primarily liked but I felt that the topics sung about were rather repetitive and plus there was the addition of skits that I feel were unnecessary and cringy. Favorite song: Nuthin but a G Thang, 5/10
yo mf this and that, n******, yea yea, i hear u. besides this like the flow&beats, snoop especially
"Nothin' but a G Thang" is brilliant perfection. Dre should be knighted for discovering Snoop Dogg, who is a national treasure. SO much misogyny in 90s rap, ugh.
I can't believe this came out in '92, I was 11 and didn't first hear this 'til I was 15 but it takes me back -- only thing this listen was missing at 40 y/o was a fat blunt and a 40. Not going to lie, the real highlight to this album is Snoop. He's so on-point, I don't think many could touch his skill behind the mic. Dre's production is next level and his rap ability is by far at the best it ever was. This is some heavy-duty and dark content lyrically but feels fun, how else ya gonna get white kids like me to listen when they're not even driving age? Listening to this on my discman, hoping my parents didn't catch me. This is old school west coast hip hop at its' finest and some definite bangers. I’d give it a 3.5 if that was an option, but since it isn’t, it’ll get a 3.
Given that there are so many Parliament/Funkadelic samples musically this is pretty good, although it does tend to fade into the background. Lyrically, it's tedious, misogynistic, violent braggadocio which, although the sound is fine as part of the overall sound, doesn't really pay listening to in any detail.
I missed the Dre on the first take. The Lakers beat the Super Sonics. Drugs are bad. Mmm kay
Kein Weg führt an diesem Monolithen vorbei. West Coast hiphop at its best und allemal musikalischer als der Rap von Raekwon. Basslinien immer bouncy („Let me Ride“), Tracks immer gut geschrieben und obwohl ein klarer Stil die Richtung vorgibt, ziemlich abwechslungsreich. Tiefenentspannter Snoop ist wahnsinnig wichtig und richtig. Bissel underrated 3.4
Non riesco a seguire molto i testi, spero non sia un problema. Comunque il beat e la seconda voce di Snoop Dogg sono molto accattivanti. Il sound non è dei miei preferiti... Ne capisco l'importanza e ne ho apprezzato l'ascolto, ma non credo lo rifarò.
Hip Hop History with Dre's debut album here. The best of Death Row Rosta supporting the dear Doctor. Some dodgy lyrics throughout but I suppose "Fuck Wit Dre Day" and "Nuthin' but a G thing" have merit. Snoop's debut too and his backing gives a clear picture of his musical direction for the future. Not in my collection, but then I'm not Staright Outta Compton am I! Mid range for me just for it's historic context.
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Something different for me to listen to, old school gangster rap. He talks about dicks a lot lol. The songs and lyrics are a bit predictable and don’t really have much meaning to it but it’s gangster rap. I think he could do a better job.
Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa.
Dre, Snoop and co. play bombastic braggadocio paddy-cake for an hour. Not the classic I was informed about. Shout-out to the Deez Nuts joke in 1992, though. HAH, GOT EEM In all seriousness: Dre, if you really wanna do a “G” thang, give your kid a couple of the Gazillions you made off these records (and now make off headphones) so she doesn’t have to be homeless in the Garden State. Goofiest reason to be in the papers for a music mogul, I swear to God. In my day, “Beats by Dre” means something grossly overpriced. Evidently back in the day, “beats by Dre” meant something grossly overrated. 5/10
One of those albums that seems a lot scarier than it is.
I already own this album, but don't really listen to as often as I think I should and then every time I do listen to it, I get the same response as I did listening to it again for this 1001 albums malarkey - it's really, really, really well put together. Beautiful beats playing around with some funky synth and just generally brilliantly constructed hip hop. The music is top notch. The lyrics are ... eh. I'm probably too old to feel the anger oozing out of so many of these. It often just feels like a lot of misdirected rage, but who am I to judge? Some of the songs just sound like macho posturing; a product of their time, perhaps. Nevertheless, there's some really good flow in here, in amongst all the misogny, swearing and violent fantasies.
Pretty fine just not my taste
It's an interesting album but it's obvious how much Snoop carries it and compared to A Tribe Called Quest I just don't find it as interesting from a musical perspective. Gangsta hip hop was never my thing but this is a cut above stuff that would come later.