Friday, October 24, 2008

718. Dr. Dre - The Chronic (1992)

Track Listing

1. The Chronic (Intro)
2. Fuck With 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 Intro)
16. Bitches Ain't Shit


There is so much amazing hip hop in the world and this had to be what would define the hip-hop mainstream for the foreseeable future. Why, Lord, why? OK there is a good thing about it, the production is great.

Actually there is another good thing about it and that is Snoop Dog, who makes his debut here, this was before his first solo album. Honestly there is just something about Snoop that I really like, his voice has a nice drawl and he is pretty funny in a very misogynistic way.

Other than this, however, there is really not much original to the album. Marrying hip-hop with the P-Funk is not new in the least, at times this album feels like a covers album. This is particularly true because Dre focuses on one sample per track, which makes the tracks pretty unoriginal. A lot of hip-hop albums are great because you are figuring out all the samples and how they are used in smart ways, here there is one sample per song really. None of the complexity of so many hip-hop groups we had here before. And the lyrics are so incredibly immature that most of the time they aren't even funny if you are over 14. The beginning of the end.

Track Highlights

1. Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang
2. The Roach (The Chronic Intro)
3. Let Me Ride
4. Fuck With Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The album launched the careers of West Coast hip hop artists, including Snoop Doggy Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Warren G, Dr. Dre's half-brother—all of whom pursued successful commercial careers. The Chronic is widely regarded as the album that re-defined West Coast hip hop, demonstrated gangsta rap's commercial potential as a multi-platinum commodity, and established G-funk as the most popular sound in hip hop music for several years after its release, with Dr. Dre producing major albums that drew heavily on his production style. The album's success established Death Row Records as a dominant force in 1990s hip hop. It has been re-released twice, first as a remastered CD, then as a remastered DualDisc with enhanced stereo and four videos.

Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang:


Rod McBan said...

The sampling thing may be due to legal realities having caught-up with the imaginations of the producers by this point.

I don't really know anything about this album, though.

Francisco Silva said...

Yeah, but being more original with your sampling, not sampling the same Parliament songs time and again would make it cheaper. In fact in a few days we're getting the Pharcyde who manage to do it, it's just a bit of musical laziness in my opinion. Still, no one beats Puff Daddy in the unoriginality sampling stakes.