DR DRE "THE CHRONIC" ALBUM LYRICS
(1) Intro Lyrics
(2) Wit Dre Day Lyrics
(3) Let Me Ride Lyrics
(4) The Day the Niggaz Took Over Lyrics
(5) Nuthin' But a "G" Thang
(6) Deeez Nuuuts Lyrics
(7) Lil' Ghetto Boy Lyrics
(8) A Nigga Witta Gun Lyrics
(9) Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat Lyrics
(10) The $20 Sack Pyramid Lyrics
(11) Lyrical Gangbang Lyrics
(12) High Powered Lyrics
(13) The Doctor's Office Lyrics
(14) Stranded on Death Row Lyrics
(15) The Roach Lyrics
(16) Bitches Ain't Shit Lyrics
DR DRE "THE CHRONIC" ALBUM INFO:
Having split from N.W.A., Dr Dre released his highly influential debut album 'The Chronic' via Death Row Records on December 15, 1992. The album is credited with popularizing gangster rap and West Coast hip hop. Its peak position was #3 on the Billboard Charts and went on to sell 4 million copies with the help of chart-breaking hits. The album takes its name from a slang term for premium grade cannabis, Chronic. The album cover itself is also meant as a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers, used by many at the time in order to smoke cannabis or Chronic. The lbum is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s, and one of the most influential Hip Hop albums of all time.
The Chronic established Dr. Dre's as one of the biggest rap stars of all time, and brought the genre now known as G-funk (or Gangsta Funk) to the mainstream. G-Funk is simply a genre defined by slow hypnotic grooves, a deep bass, background female vocals, the extensive sampling of p-funk tunes, a high portamento sine wave keyboard lead—a feature that became the genre’s notable trademark, and a laid-back lyrical delivery referred to as a "lazy drawl". Additionally, unlike other rap acts at the time (such as EPMD or The Bomb Squad) that sampled heavily, G-funk albums often utilized only one or two samples per song.
There has been some debate over who should be considered the "father of G-funk." Dr. Dre is generally believed to have developed the sound; the first hints of the whiny syn-leads and Parliament Funkadelic-style bass grooves in Dre's work appeared on N.W.A.'s single "Alwayz Into Something" from their 1991 album Efil4zaggin. Dr. Dre's first true G-funk single, however, was 1992's "Deep Cover", the title song from the movie soundtrack of the same name, which also introduced the world to Snoop Dogg. When Dre's The Chronic was released the album was immensely successful, and consequently made G-funk the most popular sub-genre of hip-hop in the mainstream. However, some have alleged that Dr. Dre stole the concept of G-funk from Above The Law's Cold 187um while N.W.A. and Above The Law were both signed to Ruthless Records in the early-1990s. Above The Law have claimed that their album Black Mafia Life, although it was released after The Chronic in 1993, had been in the works while Dre was still on Ruthless, and that he heard tracks from the album and imitated the style on The Chronic. Several songs on the Black Mafia Life album contain the same samples as songs on The Chronic ("Pimp Clinic", for example, is based upon the same samples as Dr. Dre's hit single "Let Me Ride") and Above The Law continue to argue that they are the architects of the G-funk style.
The Chronic featured both subliminal and direct insults to Dr Dre's former home Ruthless Records, and its owner, Dr. Dre's former N.W.A. group mate Eazy-E. The album is also credited with launching the careers of several now prominent West Coast hip hop artists, including Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Warren G, — all of whom went on to pursue very successful commercial careers. The Chronic is widely regarded as the album that re-defined West Coast rap and demonstrated gangsta rap's commercial potential as a multi-platinum commodity. It established Dr. Dre himself as a highly sort after producer, resulting in him producing several major albums that drew heavily on his production style. Furthermore, the album's success established Death Row Records as a dominant force in the 90s hip-hop scene.
The Chronic has received much praise and awards and is included in most related Top Albums lists, and some critics claim that The Chronic is the best produced hip-hop album of all time. It was included in VIBE's "100 Essential Albums of the 20th Century Vibe", and was ranked #137 in Rolling Stone's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time", and was also listed in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the '90s". The album also ranked #8 in Spin Magazine's "90 Greatest Albums of the '90s", and in 2005 it was ranked #35 in Spin's "100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005" list. It was even ranked #6 in VIBE's "Top 10 Rap Albums of All Time". The album was also re-reviewed by The Source magazine and as a result was awarded with "5 mics", the top rating for an album from the magazine making it a classic album (it received 4.5 mics in its original review). In 1998, the album was selected as one of "The Source Magazine's 100 Best Rap Albums". On the Billboard Music Charts album lists, The Chronic hit #1 R&B/Hip-hop and #3 on the Pop chart.
The singles taken from the album are also highly successful on their own. "Fuck wit Dre Day" and "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang" are featured on the best-selling video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas". "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang" was released as the albums second single on January 19, 1993 and featured the B-Side track "A Nigga Witta Gun". The single enjoyed chart success reaching the heights of #2 on Billboard Hot 100, #1 Hot Rap Tracks, #1 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and #3 Hot Dance Singles Sales. The albums first single however didnt quite see the same success, it reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, #13 on Hot Rap Tracks, and #1 on the Hot Dance Singles Sales chart.
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