- Audio CD (Dec 15 1992)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Priority Records
- ASIN: B000003AEQ
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 117 customer reviews
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|4. The Day The Niggaz Took Over|
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|6. Deeez Nuuuts|
|7. Lil' Ghetto Boy|
|8. A Nigga Witta Gun|
|10. The $20 Sack Pyramid|
|11. Lyrical Gangbang|
|12. High Powered|
|13. The Doctor's Office|
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|15. The Roach (The Chronic Outro)|
|16. Bonus Track|
Japanese reissue packaged in a miniature LP sleeve. Details TBA. Death Row. 2004.
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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Dre and Snoop's chemistry was one of the things that attracted fans to "The Chronic". Snoop's laid-back flow mixed perfectly with his production mentor as they went back and forth on classic records like "Nuthin' But A G-Thang", "B--ches Ain't Sh-t" and "Lil' Ghetto Boy". Dr. Dre was out to prove he could make it on his own with this solo endevor and he succeeded on every level possible. Along the way, Dre took some time out to diss his former N.W.A. ally, Eazy-E, on "F--kin' With Dre Day". Eazy wasn't the only one on the Death Row "hit list" as Dre and Snoop also took shots at 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell and New York rapper Tim Dog.
Snoop wasn't the only Dr. Dre protege who made a name for himself with "The Chronic". Kurupt's opening verse on "Stranded On Death Row" is to this day, one of the very best guest verses I've heard. The hilarious Warren G phone conversation that opens up "Deeez Nuts" is just absolute comedy. The track itself is amazing as well with Nate Dogg crooning along as a young Daz steps to the mic. To be honest, every track on this album sounds like a single in one way or the other. Every rapper brings their "A" game to the table.
Any rap fan that doesn't own "The Chronic" can't really call themself a rap fan. This album has literally influenced a whole generation of producers and rappers alike. Pick a track and see if you can't find a line that hasn't been borrowed somewhere by someone. Even the most solid Dr. Dre hater can't say that there wasn't at least one cut on here that they were feeling. "The Chronic" not only pushed gangsta rap even further up on the pop charts but helped establish Death Row Records as a legitimate label. Say what you will about Dre but there's no denying that this album was not only the bomb back in '92 but it still remains as addictive to this day.
"F*** Wit Dre Day" is an amazing song, awesome. Same to "Let Me Ride", both fun songs. "Nuthin' But A G Thang" is the well-known song you all know, featuring Snoop Dogg, also great. I didn't like "Lil Ghetto Boy"'s video, but the song is very fine, specially the lyrics. "The $20 Sack Pyramid" is the funniest song ever, everytime I play this song I laugh my ass of. "The Doctor's Office" is another hilarious song in the CD. The other tracks I didn't talked about are average. But the CD is worth your money for these songs above. It features many other rappers that I won't name in here, but different rappers make this CD even better. It has explicit content, obviously, what can you expect from a gangsta rap CD?
Overall, I think this re-realease was great for people like me who haven't bought this CD before. The sound quality is highly enjoyable, really, and both beats and lyrics are great too. Four stars, very worth your money.
Still, though, "The Chronic" gains its reputation primarily on the basis of Dre's production. This album alone can make a convincing case for Dre being the greatest rap producer of all time (not to mention his work on "2001" or "Straight Outta Compton"). The music varies from smooth ("Let Me Ride") to confrontational ("Dre Day", "Lyrical Gangbang") while never losing the incredible funkiness and knack for hooks that Dre brings to every track. And to top it off, it isn't overly reliant on sampling... small wonder that the music here is nothing short of intoxicating.
In short, brilliant rapping and production make "The Chronic" one of the greatest rap albums ever, and a classic no matter what type of music you consider. Highly recommended.