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Friday, August 20, 2010

Dr. Dre - The Chronic

Ahh yes. Doesn't matter if you are a straight up country lover, an indie rock junkie or if you simply love Michael Bolton. Everybody could throw on 'The Chronic' and groove. I think this album made hip hop huge. I know people give a lot of credit to NWA, and that is well deserved - but The Chronic was so mainstream and once again the video for 'G Thang' made Dre and Snoop just blow up. Dr. Dre is probably the hardest working man in the rap game. Sure, he hasn't dropped a lot of his own stuff, but he's the guy behind pretty much every beat going. It's either Dre, Timbaland or Pharrell - or you've got an imitator. (Sorry Swizzy, Kanye and Cannon) This album is so iconic, that there isn't really anything bad you can say about it. Going through it - it's not like every song is amazing, or that I listen to this on a regular basis...but I have to give it all the respect in the world. Why? Well, this is what probably turned me on to rap. If not for Dre and G Thang, I'd probably never fell in love with the genre. Don't get me wrong, the album is still very good, but maybe not what you'd expect by its popularity. This album is actually only 3x platinum, versus his only other record 2001, being 6x. Is that album better from a music standpoint, sure. Is it better mixing in the timing and originality - not a chance. In 1992 everyone was still trying to figure out what would sell in the mainstream. Dre took a chance and succeeded. By 2001, rap was a mix of hip hop and pop, and that was a much easier sell. If you haven't heard this, check it out. You may not fall in love with it - but give the album the credit it deserves, for making hip hop great. Enjoy your weekend!

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

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. Nuthin' But A G Thang
2. Fuck Wit Dre Day
3. A Nigga Witta Gun

4.5 out of 5 stars

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