Dr. Dre – real name Andre Romelle Young – had released his sophomore LP ‘The Chronic 2001’ – popularly known as just ‘2001’ 23 years ago today. The 23-track LP is considered to be one of the finest records in hip-hop which changed the genre forever. Released through Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records on November 16th 1999, the album featured guest contributions from Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, Devin the Dude, Six-Two, Traci Nelson, Ms. Roq, Eddie Griffin, Mel-Man, Charis Henry, Defari, Knock turn’al, King T, MC Ren, Mary J. Blige and Eminem.
Clocking at over an hour, the iconic rap record is home to some of the biggest hits in Hip-Hop to date – ‘Still Dre’ f/ Snoop Dogg, ‘The Next Episode’ f/ Snoop Dogg, ‘Forgot About Dre’ f/ Eminem and ‘The Message’ f/ Mary J. Blige & Rell. Notably, ‘Still Dre’ was written entirely by the legendary Brooklyn lyricist and emcee Shawn Corey Carter or ‘Jay-Z’. The album sold over half-a-million copies in its first week and debuted at the second spot on the Billboard Top 200.
The West Coast Hip-Hop album served as the follow-up to Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut album ‘The Chronic’ and is often stylized as ‘The Chronic II’.
Check out some of the leading singles from Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic 2001’ here.
‘Still Dre’ f/ Snoop Dogg (Produced by Dr. Dre)
‘Forgot About Dre’ f/ Eminem (Produced by Dr. Dre)
‘The Next Episode f/ Snoop Dogg (Produced by Dr. Dre)
Stream ‘The Chronic 2001’ by Dr. Dre below if you haven’t yet.