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An album that changed the West Coast forever!
on April 25, 2004
Every once in a while, there is an album that comes along that completly changes a genre of music forever. For rap, it was Dr. Dre's "The Chronic". Not only setting a new standard for West Coast hip-hop but changing the face of mainstream rap all together, Dre laced "The Chronic" with some of the most amazing funk-inspired production that anyone had ever heard. It wasn't just the beats that made it either. Dre boasted a red-hot roster of future superstars like Kurupt, Daz, Warren G, RBX, Lady Of Rage, Nate Dogg, and a young phenom out of Long Beach named Snoop Doggy Dogg.
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.