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Today hip-hop world celebrates 30 years of “The Chronic” by Dr. Dre




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:

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