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The Chronic (Explicit Version) [Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics]

Dr. Dre Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (108 customer reviews)
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1. The Chronic (Intro)
2. Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')
3. Let Me Ride
4. The Day the Niggaz Took Over
5. Nuthin' But a "G" Thang
6. Deeez Nuuuts
7. Lil' Ghetto Boy
8. A Nigga Witta Gun
9. Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat
10. The $20 Sack Pyramid
11. Lyrical Gangbang
12. High Powered
13. The Doctor's Office
14. Stranded on Death Row
15. The Roach [The Chronic Outro]
16. Bitches Ain't Shit

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1989's Straight Outta Compton, by Dre's previous outfit N.W.A., may have shined the public spotlight on the genre, but The Chronic legitimized it. That is not to say that Snoop Doggy Dogg (The Chronic marks his debut) and Dre's raps are for everyone; the subject matter is the sex, drugs, violence, and politics of South Central Los Angeles, and the phrasing is explicit, to say the least. But The Chronic's real genius is the music. By breeding hip-hop, jazz (studio instrumentation includes saxophones and flutes), funk, and soul (sampled artists include Parliament, Donny Hathaway, and Isaac Hayes), Dre creates downright intoxicating grooves. If you can't feel The Chronic pulsating through your veins, maybe your heart's not pumping. --Bill Crandall

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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - NOT A VINYL July 9 2013
Format:LP Record
This is great album.
But the description has the format listed as "LP Record" when it is actually a "Japanese reissue packaged in a miniature LP sleeve"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pulp Fiction of Rap Sept. 16 2011
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First off this is a great album. It's in my top 5 for sure and I'm not even usually a gangster rap fan. And I really think this can be called the Pulp Fiction of rap albums for several reasons. Like in Pulp Fiction, this album deals with "lurid matter". Also, it's very intense and features bad guys as the main characters. But also, it's supremely stylish, witty, and undeniably fun. I can't think of a more fitting analogy. The Chronic is like a day-in-the-life of an especially fun gangster rapper, and the day is jam-packed full of action, darkness, and humour. Enjoy! And make sure you play it at high volumes in suburban neighbourhoods!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Dre the Chronic Feb. 7 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this product back in the day on tape. It is such a superior piece of hip hop music history that I had to have it in disc format. Dre's production is of superior quality on this recording, nuff said. The performers on each track was definitely in a zone at the time of the recording. The genuine comradeship shines through on each track; just beautiful. I'm not really a fan of interludes, unless it can be directly connected to the upcoming track in a creative way that makes sense, so I could have done without the few that appears on this recording. But they certainly are not enough to take away from the absolute perfection this recording occupies in hip hop music history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome July 26 2008
Format:Audio CD
I graduated from college in 1992, and during my time at Michigan State University, Public Enemy dominated the hip-hop landscape. Great singles by Young MC and Digital Underground were also popular, but PE was the perfect rap foil to what was then called "college rock." That year, however, things changed-- mostly due to The Chronic. On that album, the West Coast gangsta fantasy took wing, boosted by Dre's deeply funky sound and the brutal dreams of nearby Hollywood. The spectrum of nihilist violence on The Chronic is numbing, ranging from gangland territorial pissings to vengeful prison rape-style scenarios to naked misogyny.

With his feminized Slick Rick-inspired flow, Snoop Dogg manages to make a lot of this somehow charming-- or at least a little funny. Dre is occasionally awkward on the mic (he would later improve as a rapper), but Snoop is bursting with the skill and energy of someone who senses his big moment has finally come. Oddly, the backing tracks now sound rather thin and cheap, miles from the slick sound for which Dre has deservedly become famous, but the relative low fidelity works in this context. Dr. Dre's debut was a watershed moment. Every hip-hop record after had to address The Chronic in some way, either embracing or rejecting what it popularized. Hip-hop's indie/mainstream split started here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic July 19 2005
By Amanda
Format:Audio CD
I've had this album for years. This is where real rap comes from. These new "rappers" have nothing on Dre. He's an original (N.W.A.). I love throwing this in my CD player to hear the smooth rhymes of Dre. He's one of the innovators of gangsta rap along with Eazy, Cube, and Ren. The message they bring is a hard one, but it's real.
The bonus with this album is that you get to really hear Snoop for the first time. And, there are serious comedic sets within the album. Together this album is a jewel!
This is a hardcore rap album with explicit lyrics. It isn't for the weak at heart.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dr.Dre/Chronic July 17 2004
By Bob
Format:Audio CD
This is one of the greatest hip hop albums of a time! It must be a classic with cuts like: Nuthin' But A "G" Thang, Let Me Ride, Dre Day, and Lyrical Gangbang. The only thing I didn't like about this album, was the number of skits there were. There was only a few songs that didn't have a long skit in the beginning of it. But besides that. this is a must have album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get used to... June 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
but once I did, I started listening to it every day. I had been listening to a lot of newer hip hop so it was hard to tune into this, but after I did I realized how great the album really was. I'd recommend this to anyone who likes hip hop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good when I got used to it. June 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
I was used to the style of newer rap, and it took a while to get into this album, but when I did, I realized how catchy it was. In fact, I'm listening to it right now
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