On this day, 30 years ago, December 15, 1992, Dr. Dre released his solo debut album, The Chronic, executive produced by Suge Knight. It was released by his record label Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records.
The Chronic was Dr. Dre’s first solo album after he parted his way from legendary hip hop group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over some financial dispute. It includes diss songs towards Ruthless Records and its owner, the former N.W.A member, Eazy-E. It also features many guest appearances by then-emerging superstar rapper Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career.
The critically acclaimed album reached No. 3 on United State’s Billboard 200 charts and has been certified 3x platinum with sales of more than 3 million copies in the country, making Dre one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. The album is currently eligible for 6x platinum for hitting 6 million units.
The Chronic‘s three singles became top ten Billboard singles. “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” reached No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles and Hot R&B Singles charts. The song “Let Me Ride” also won Dre his first ever Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.
The production of Dr. Dre popularized the G-funk subgenre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and one of the best-produced hip hop albums. In 2019, the album was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the National Recording Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Today, the world cerebrates the 30 year anniversary of the iconic album. Check the tweets below:
Today we celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of the greatest albums of all time! @drdre The Chronic! 💨💨💨💨 pic.twitter.com/q3avtKylcr
— FredWreck (@Fredwreck) December 15, 2022
Dr. Dre dropped “The Chronic” 30 years ago today‼️💿 pic.twitter.com/5sUrNYavxs
— RapTV (@Rap) December 15, 2022
⬇️ TODAY IN HIP-HOP ⬇️
1992: Dr. Dre drops The Chronic
What’s the best song off this classic? pic.twitter.com/szklyp9P2R
— XXL Magazine (@XXL) December 15, 2022
ALSO TODAY … @drdre marks 30 years since the release of #TheChronic album… Talk about TIMELESS! What’s your favorite cut? @realsway @lordsear @alloutshow might just take a request 888-SHADE45. pic.twitter.com/UYJD4jshdO
— Shade45 (@Shade45) December 15, 2022
30 years ago today, dr. dre changed the rap game with his debut album ‘the chronic’ 🍃
favorite track on this west coast classic? pic.twitter.com/x9gQMkahLE
— Genius (@Genius) December 15, 2022
Happy 30th Anniversary to Dr. Dre’s iconic debut solo album ‘The Chronic’ 💿
What’s your favorite song on the album? pic.twitter.com/A5Uv8SPtJF
— REVOLT (@revolttv) December 15, 2022
To celebrate its 30th birthday, Billboard revisits and ranks every track from #DrDre‘s ‘The Chronic.’ https://t.co/2r5k6hdY8s
— billboard (@billboard) December 15, 2022
Today In Hip Hop History: Dr. Dre’s Debut Solo LP ‘The Chronic’ Turns 30 Years Old! https://t.co/M32oJpZAPf #WeGotUs #SourceLove pic.twitter.com/kQQt4P27kf
— The Source Magazine (@TheSource) December 15, 2022
30 years ago today, Dr. Dre released his album “The Chronic” pic.twitter.com/cYi3q4cQJ1
— Daily Loud (@DailyLoud) December 15, 2022
.@drdre dropped “The Chronic” 30 years ago today!
How does this album rank in his discography? 💿️https://t.co/52WCdDrY0T pic.twitter.com/RUO4Rpk0WX
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) December 15, 2022
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