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The Chronic

Dr. Dre

1992

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The Chronic

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3.4

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it's aged pretty badly and he relies on snoop...a lot.

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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?

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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.

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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'.

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“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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Very dated especially with the homophobia and misogyny

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rap music, with a lot of N****R & Mother F****R in the lyrics. ZERO if I could.

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(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".

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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

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good album, was perfected in 2001 however, this is rawer, but still has that Dre gloss

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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.

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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

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Just a another mother fuckin'...

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Unlistenable lyrical content from an evil man.

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First album I got that I already listened to. Dre and Snoop are some of the greatest of all-time.

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On this list of 1001 albums this album deserves 5 stars. If I were to rate it outside of this? 3/5

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Had me in a west coast mood all day!

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classic

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Rating: 10/10

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Hard-hitting bars, the upbeat west coast flow is timeless. This is a true classic

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"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.

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Classic.

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Classic rap album one of my favorites

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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.

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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.

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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

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Doesn’t get much better. This is rap music everything else is second best.

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yes

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Cult Classic

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Legendary. G-Funk 4 Lyfe.

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Iconic, you know? Not much more to say there.

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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.

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Smooth beats. Great features. Slick verses and skits from Snoop. Actual classic

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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.

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5

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!

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Bem mais tranquilo que aqueles que as meninas ouviam nas viagens, mesmo tendo um monte de motherfucker.

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Have this one on vinyl. A classic

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Nice album, de gros souvenirs d’enfance. J’adore 5*

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Classic! Definitely dated in parts but still has some great tracks.

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5/5

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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

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DEEEZ NUUUUTTTTSS

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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.

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Absolutely out of this world

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An all time classic that of course had to be tarnished by crypto culture. Thanks Snoop Dogg.

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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.

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5

Shame Spotify didn't have the whole album. Well worth seeking it out on YT though

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5

Let me ride pops into my head at least once a month

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Transformational. Changed the face of hip-hop and, by extension, pop music. Plus, introduced the world to Snoop. 'Nuff said.

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I dont usually listen to rap, and today is no different

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I could do without the skits.

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4

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.

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4

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.

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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.

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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.

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de este tipo sin ser mi estilo lo he disfrutado, buenos ritmos y líneas de bajo. madafaca pussy

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4

Great album. A lot of classics. I had heard the entire album before and I will continue to listen to it.

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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.

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4

Some of the lyrics are really dated and ruin the listening experience. The production, beats and grooves still reign supreme

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Yes Dr.Dre we will never forget

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dze vind ik leuk !

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3.25

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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)

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Brilliant, full of excellent tracks

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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.

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Visa mig ett album från 90 talet där de int har en minut lång sex-skit SNÄLLA

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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4

Og

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4

Get my dick in a baguette and eat it, this is superb.

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4

Catchy hip hop album. Love Snoop's cameos.

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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

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4

Classic

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4

Never listened to it before but had heard certain songs. Thought it was really good but a bit long.

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4

Fantastic album. Great mixing - better than a lot of the albums coming out now.

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4

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!

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4

I forgot about Dre. 🙁

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4

Of a time for sure but still has some absolutely brilliant moments and tracks

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4.5

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Vibes

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4

Speaking as a white man from the suburbs this album was definitely not made for me

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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.

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4

This of course defined G funk, launched Snoop, and was a landmark album, but for my money, not as many memorable songs as 2001.

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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.

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4

Damn, almost forgot about Dre

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When surrounded by NWA and Snoop, Dre doesn’t hold up as much but still classic

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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.

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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

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4.75

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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.

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4

A bit puerile but still good.

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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.

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4.5

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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.

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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Top album, laatste tijd zeer veel goede old school hip hop albums langs gekomen

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Probably the first hip hop album I really appreciated. I love Dre's backing tracks. It feels as much a Snoop album, but darker.

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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.

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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.

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Impressive album. Enjoyed it.

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Buen disco, se me hace largo

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decent 90s rap album album

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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.

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Bit much. Tried listening at 10Am and it wasn't the one.

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Would be 5 if I was still 16 years old. The world has changed a lot since.

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021121 11:20 3

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The beats are great, the rhymes not as much. Certainly an album you must hear before you die, though

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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.

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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

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yo mf this and that, n******, yea yea, i hear u. besides this like the flow&beats, snoop especially

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Good

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2021.11.15

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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I missed the Dre on the first take. The Lakers beat the Super Sonics. Drugs are bad. Mmm kay

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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

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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.

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classic

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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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Ekki ég en merkilega gott

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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.

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Hip-hop. Ni fu ni fa.

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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

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One of those albums that seems a lot scarier than it is.

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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.

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Idk

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Pretty fine just not my taste

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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.

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This was good, pretty straight forward in my opinion.

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some pretty sick beats and a couple classics but overall pretty sophomoric

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By coincidence (I guess) I got 2 albums from previous NWA members in sequence (Ice Cube's "AmeriKKKa's Most Wanted" and this one). This experience let me think about how these two albums are influential for the modern hip-hop culture and how they both sound a bit repetitive after the first songs but also gave to me the perspective on how much this one is better than the Ice Cube's first solo album, even suffering from the same "drawbacks". Dr. Dre brings much freshness to his songs and lets them sound much more atemporal. This is remarkable in this first release.

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Not my favourite rap...I prefer something lighter with more of a jazzy esthetic. Still some quality stuff here. 3.5 🌟

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I was very into gangsta rap back in the day but this time around this sounds tiring, I mean I like it but why more than an hour long?

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Not bad but a bit monotonous at times and Dre can't rap

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Decent album with nice synth beats that are a little bit too repetitive and similar sounding throughout the album

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Ljómandi

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An album that kickstarted a different direction for rap, exposed the world to the seedy underbelly of urban living, and introduced the inimitable drawl of one Snoop muthafuckin' Dogg. For this pale-as-the-underside-of-a-fish white boy, one listen is probably enough for a lifetime. I can appreciate the artistry of it, but I'm not the target demographic.

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Pass on this one. I know it's a landmark album for gangsta rap, and that it has a *huge* cultural importance for hip hop at large, and that its influence turning P-Funk into G-funk was enormous. Without this album, there's no *Doggystyle* by Snoop or the best Cypress Hill records, and that would be a damn shame. But somehow I always thought that *2001* was a far more pleasant and bouncier listen overall (the hits on that next record are a huge plus, too, and I can't see any of those catchy hits on *The Chronic*, honestly). Purists will probably tell me I'm a fool here, but I don't care. As a reply, I could argue that "conscious" rap from before that album did suffer a lot from the advent of that sort of sound, and that it was not necessarily good news for everyone at the time. In a way, I'd be be *more of a purist* than any of those contradictors would be then or now. And remember: nobody here would necessarily be right or wrong in their different stances, as it is most often the case with music anyway. [Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 973 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 10 Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 7 Albums from the list I will *not* include in mine (as I think many others are more important): 8 Albums I might not be able to judge (some might end up on my final list but it's because I recognize how culturally important they are): 2 (including this one)]

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Ei kyllä Dre koskaan ollut mitään core-juttua, mut ei tää pahaltakaan kuulostanut. Ei tosin iskenytkään, joten keskitietä mennään 3/5.

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Yllättävän tiukkaa räbäytystä, ja snoop dogg ei oo niin paska kun nykyään.

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Nää lyriikat on ihan jäätäviä ja kauheita. Loputonta solvausta ja tappamista. MUTTA en voi sille mitään että funkulasta ja elektrofunkista diggailevalle nää G-funk beatit on kyl herkkuu. 3/5

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What up, niggas and niggettes! LMAO G-Funk music like this makes me ALMOST like hip hop.

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Solid

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Ihan ok levy kun mittarina itselle on kuitenkin ko. herran vasta myöhemmin julkaisema levy.

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time has blunted this one

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The album that paved the way to the smooth sounds of The Fresh prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

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Lyrically it's honestly kind of a G version of meathead rock - and yeah, its funny, but the whole dis culture and violence and misogyny and hemophilia wears thin. Musically it's obviously super foundational.

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Weight room music. It's fine. I don't have an opinion. I've heard most of this a bunch of times before. I understand it's an important hip hop record. I wish there was a 2.5 rating for "indifferent and ok with that." Also, why isn't this on Spotify?

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I would pay $35 for this at the Compton Swap Meet

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3.6 + Yes, it’s deservedly considered a “stone cold classic.” Snoop Dogg has one of the greatest introductions to the mainstream rap game ever (“bow wow wow yippee yo yippee yea”). The rhymes flow, the songs flow and there some undeniable cultural touchstones at every turn. I love the Parliament/Funkadelic samples. And to an extent, I can excuse some misogyny in hip hop (though it feels like I’m reinforcing a double standard). But songs like “Bitches Ain’t Shit” simply take that misogyny way too far for my taste. I’m not denying the importance of this record, but the woman-hate makes it hard for me to really enjoy.

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Snoop has taken this album off streaming to turn it into an NFT. The album itself is good. I recommend stealing it.

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The Chronic is foundational in hip hop that can't be questioned. But, fuck, it isn't just constant overt homophobic, misogynistic themes. Knowing where Dre and Snoop have grown helps put it into perspective. What holds up are the hits (interesting that they also have less of the hateful themes).

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Huge classic, there's no doubt about this, but it's never been one of my favorites to be honest. It sounds good obviously and there are some awesome tracks here, but as rappers, Dre et Snoop both sounds a bit too lazy to keep me interested for 1 hours straight.

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It’s hard to get past the vulgar and misogynistic lyrics but the rapping and beats are really very good. I actually kind of liked this record

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Tough one; this one always frustrates me. The music: fantastic - there's no way to avoid moving your head to virtually every track; if you grew up listening to 70s funk and r&b this is a direct descendant (if not more than occasional ripoff...) of that. Sneaky laid-back synth bass lines, good sounding drums - I like it. The lyrics: there's no way to avoid them. Sadly. No point in my reviewing them, a million others have. I just can't with the "bitches yo...my dick..etc etc" every minute yeah yeah ok jeez; the gunplay, etc. Just a massive distraction at best and deeply troublesome at worst. The vocals: separating the performance from the lyrics...damn, the vocal performances are great. I like Dre's (and to an extent, Snoop's...) voice a *lot* and his rhythmic flow is outstanding. It's just so often hard to reconcile with the lyrics which are so often just so goddamn stupid. If I detach a bit I just try to ignore it :D The production: man this album *sounds great* - it's not a wall of sound; there's enough space for everything to be heard, and there's a great stereo spread - A+ So many individual highs and lows, I think I'm going right up the middle with a 3. It's just hard to get by the stupidity...the misogyny and just too much gangsta (not to mention the skits which are like really really bad high school back of the classroom interludes - hard pass), even if the music and vocals are that good. 7/10 3 stars

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👍👍👍 good album love snoop too i didn’t like some of the parts including the monologue but i liked the old rap

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Couldn't listen to this because Snoop Dogg pulled it off to sell as an NFT so decided to listen to Chronic 2001 instead.

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Not on Spotify, will listen later

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Not a fan

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Hindsight is 20/20 liked it back in the day, not so much now.

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2/5 Too many F's and N's...

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Some ok beats and basslines. Lyrics are ok though music didn't really speak to me at all

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Very mixed on this one- I spent the listening time wrestling between getting very little enjoyment out of it and trying to contextualise it within hip-hop, and what it must have meant for the genre in 1992. I'm not going to try and fault Dre's production or sampling- it is, of course, expertly done. The beats are straightforward and swaggering, the mix sounds glorious on headphones, and the choice of samples gives the record a very congruous feel. Parliament-Funkadelic are all over this record, having a strong bearing on the beginning of G-funk's commercial peak. This is perfectly encapsulated in "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang", which showcases a catchy hook throughout and some really nice sampled backing vocals in the outro. It's where the sound of the record first clicked into place for me, and an obvious choice for lead single. "N**** With A Gun" and "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat" are my other highlights musically- both strong hooks and really crisp, simple bass parts. “The Roach” (almost) ended the album on a high, melodic note with a “P-Funk” sample vamp. So what didn't work for me? Most obviously the lyrics: bar a couple of solid social commentaries, it's track after track of either violent, sexist outbursts or standard diss-tracks against the other members of NWA. The wordplay or rhymes didn't hit me as much of some of the other hip-hop albums I've already heard on this list, and the humour felt weak and outdated. “The Doctor’s Office" skit, complete with simulated sex scene at the end, really made me cringe, and "bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks" hardly felt like a closing statement for the ages. I've found the length to be a bit of a challenge with several hip-hop albums, and this was no exception. Several tracks towards the end (“High Powered”, ”Stranded on Death Row") just felt a bit forgettable- I can't recall them now after a few listens. “The Chronic” and the gangsta-celebrating world it inhabits isn’t for me, however much I appreciate its impact. Still, at the moment I'm more partial to the bombastic sounds of hip-hop’s golden-age or its moodier, jazzier inflections.

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Como ya he dicho en otras reseñas me gusta el rap/hip-hop de los 90, sin embargo este disco no me ha entusiasmado. A destacar un par de canciones con sonido "creepy" y que me han recordado a Cypress Hill: "The day the niggaz took over" y "A nigga witta gun".

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Best aardige deuntjes maar van die teksten word ik echt simpel.

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De muziek vind ik echt tof. Maar die teksten.... ik kon geen exacte statistieken vinden op internet, maar doe een wilde gok hoe vaak de volgende onderwerpen benoemd worden: motherfucking dit-of-dat: 373; pief-paf-poef met m'n gun: 89; ni**er van de straten van Compton: 67. Niet heel diepgaande en diverse materie dus. Saai en vervelend zelfs.

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Chronically turd. Snoop doggy dog eats more lamb chops than SHACK.

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Un album hip-hop sans intérêt de plus à ajouter à la liste déjà très très longue du genre. Robert va encore une fois essayer de nous justifier la chiantise du projet par le biais de co-auteurs sans goût mais personne n'en sera dupe.

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Really really disapointed in this one. Enjoyes NWS and Ice Cube first albums, but this did not hit it with me.

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meh

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Ain’t nothin’ like a me thing.

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Bettered by far better US east-coast hip-hop

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Had higher hopes for this but the Chronic fell flat. One dimensional lyrics that push an image but lack much creativity or cohesive message. Solid beats and occasional samples but little depth in the raps or skits.

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Weird. This felt more dated to me than several of the other hip hop records we've listened to that are technically older than this. Not sure why that is - maybe that high pitch synth thing? The lyrics? Both? And why is it that there's such a need in hip hop to make these records so damn long? Get off my lawn, please. Anyway, what I really want to write about is how this album completely transformed my suburban southern high school upon release. I mean, it was insane. Between this and Snoop's first record there was this, seemingly overnight, shift where about 80% of the whitest of white dudes at my school somehow convinced themselves they were gangstas. The clothes. Cars. Posture. Interest in marijuana. All of it completely changed. And then I remember going to Myrtle Beach and seeing some white kid who couldn't have been older than 12 rocking a Philly's blunt tee. Shit was out of hand. Funny, too, how so often grunge and alternative music gets thrown out there as the defining cultural moment of the 90s, when really - that bit only lasted like three years. By '94, everybody who was popular had moved on to West Coast rap and the alternative radio stations were playing Seven Mary Three and Sponge. And, look, I'd rather listen to the Chronic than Seven Mary Three, so it's hard to even blame folks.

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Weirdly easy to work to. Possibly because of the rhythm behind it - it's easy to have it as background music. Possibly not what Dr Dre intended.

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While I can respect the occasional reference to racial history, The Chronic seems a little too gangster in personality when met with over-cleansed ears.

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I love the G-funk genre but not this album. It has moments but is lyrically appalling. Main issue for me is that there isn't a single song on this that I'd want to add to a playlist.

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Dont like rap

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Nigger rap, don't really like it

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Eh, this was 70% clown rap and I was wearing insufficiently floppy shoes. 🤡 Managed to get through the whole album, but it felt like a struggle. I definitely prefer East coast gansta rap, it seems - find that more tolerable on the whole. Fave track - "The Day The Niggaz Took Over" - sounded very Cypress Hill...

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As much a Snoop Dogg album as a Dre album. Decent enough but falls short of Ice Cube's debut. The relentless misogyny and "look-at-my-big-dick" lyrics are regrettable and mar an otherwise decent effort.

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I like the Funkadelic synth lines but could do without the F-bombs.

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I enjoyed this more when I was 16. Misogynistic, and bull shit male bravado prevails. No thanks.

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2/5 not my cup of tea

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So I listened to the songs that did not have expletives and… oh that would be none. Sorry Dr D. I’m not nutzzz about the lyrics. Did have good beat in Nothing bout

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1.5

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Bullshit

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Dr. Dre... dit wilde ik toch effe proberen, maar helaas! Ik denk dat een later album van 'm mij wat meer gaat bevallen.

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Zero stars for the lyrics. Are you old enough to remember the moral panic over vulgar, violent and misogynistic gangsta rap lyrics? Yeah, this is that.

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Uninteresting musically, basically just simple beats repeated. Colourful language aside, the lyrics aren't particularly engaging either. More than anything, just somewhat boring?

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Very dated with misogynistic lyrics.

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Ruim

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This was the soundtrack for white frat boys in my first year of college, who for some reason wanted to play at being hard. First 30 seconds, it's all about dicks and guns and assaultin' the ladies. Aggressively homophobic. Insecure as shit. Snoop lets you know he's in the motherfuckin' house a number of times. I hated this then, I hate it now. 3 Feet High and Rising better be on this list somewhere, because jeez.

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not my jam

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Juvenile, obnoxious, moronic, laughable. But well mixed.

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Йоооу репчик, банда, все дела, не мое

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hated it

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Can't get past all the language to enjoy the music. 1/5

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hm

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Nah

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No thanks

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Snoop says I can't listen to this so I guess I won't

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Absoluut mijn ding niet

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Not for me, but I can see why enjoyers of the genre would be into it

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