[MUSIC] #ThrowbackThursday: The Debut of The Chronic
Today marks a milestone in the genre of music known as Hip-Hop. It was on this day back in 1992 that West Coast pioneer Dr. Dre released his début studio album The Chronic.
The album was nicknamed after the high-grade of cannabis that likely served as an inspirational tool in its creation. If you look closely at the album artwork you can see the homage paid to the rolling papers that were used during that time.
Dre provided us with over 60 minutes of G-Funk and hardcore Hip-Hop. No longer with the iconic group N.W.A., Dre was now under the flag of Death Row Records. The album has timeless songs such as “Nuthin’ but a G Thang” that to this day if heard over a radio will warrant everyone within earshot to recite the lyrics word for word.
It was with the release of the album that the world was introduced to one of Hip-Hop’s pioneers. Snoop Dogg was featured on a few songs on the album, which in turn allowed him to prove himself as a mainstay artist long before the launch of his own respective career.
I can remember having to sneak to listen to The Chronic with my younger brother. We would laugh at the hilarious skits such as The $20 Sac Pyramid. We also got our first glimpse of what beef was all about after listening to Fuck wit Dre Day. The song highlighted the standing feud between Dre and former label mate Eazy E.
One of the most profitable albums of this era, The Chronic went 3x’s platinum. While topping the charts here in the United States, the album also saw great success overseas and went on to further establish Hip-Hop as more than a fluke.
While it was known that Dr. Dre wasn’t a lyrical titan back then, his skills in producing were the most sought in the music industry. Labeled as the “Quincy Jones of Hip-Hop, Dre specialized in re-creating music more than sampling from others.
The Chronic was a launchpad for not only the label itself, but for the artists that were on it. As time went on after its release, we began to see more of what the West Coast had to offer. Artists such as Snoop, Tha Dogg Pound and Nate Dogg were emerging and putting the world on notice that the west side was indeed the best side.
Albums like The Chronic only come around ever so often. The work put forth helped me to see past what the east coast had established in terms of Hip-Hop. This album is definitely one that you should have in your collection of great Hip-Hop albums.
The author Jerry Miller
Aspiring entertainment writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. I served as the Entertainment Editor for the largest African-American magazine in the city of Indianapolis.