The Chronic

The Chronic
Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 15, 1992 (1992-12-15)
StudioDeath Row (Los Angeles, California)
Dr. Dre chronology
The Chronic
Concrete Roots
Singles from The Chronic
  1. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang"
    Released: November 19, 1992 (1992-11-19)[2]
  2. "Dre Day"
    Released: May 20, 1993 (1993-05-20)
  3. "Let Me Ride"
    Released: September 13, 1993 (1993-09-13)

The Chronic is the debut studio album by the American hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre. It was released on December 15, 1992, by his record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records. Recording sessions took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood.[3]

The Chronic was Dr. Dre's first solo album after he departed the hip hop group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute. It includes insults towards Ruthless and its owner, the former N.W.A member Eazy-E. 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 title derives from a slang term for high-grade cannabis, and its cover is an homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers.

The Chronic reached number three on the Billboard 200 and has been certified triple platinum with sales of three million copies in the United States,[4][5] making Dre one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993.[6] The Chronic spent eight months in the Billboard Top 10.[7] The album's three singles became top ten Billboard singles.[8] "Nuthin' but a ‘G’ Thang" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Rap Singles and Hot R&B Singles charts.[8]

Dr. Dre's production popularized 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 best-produced hip hop albums.[9][10][11] In 2020, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[12]

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  3. ^ Smith, Chris (2009). 101 Albums That Changed Popular Music. Oxford University Press. p. 221. ISBN 9780195373714.
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  6. ^ Stephen Holden (January 12, 1994). The Pop Life Archived February 5, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. The New York Times. Accessed March 24, 2008.
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  9. ^ Dr. Dre The Chronic Album Info Archived April 8, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. RapCentral. Accessed March 5, 2008.
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  11. ^ Timeline: 25 years of rap records Archived March 30, 2009, at the Wayback Machine BBC News (October 11, 2004). Accessed April 8, 2008.
  12. ^ "National Recording Registry Class Produces Ultimate 'Stay at Home' Playlist". Library of Congress. March 25, 2020. Retrieved March 25, 2020.

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