Dr. Dre – real name Andre Romelle Young – has released his highly coveted debut album ‘The Chronic’ on all leading streaming services. Consisting of G-Funk classics including ‘Nothin’ But A “G” Thang’ featuring Snoop Dogg, ‘Deeez Nuuuts’, ‘Stranded on Death Row’, ‘Lil Ghetto Boy’ and more, the LP was first released on December 15th 1992 and remains as one of the most influential rap records of all time even to this day.
Notably, numerous Hip-Hop records from Death Row went missing from streaming services in March last year. However, Snoop Dogg later confirmed that it was one of his earliest decisions after acquiring Death Row Records since such “platforms don’t pay”.
“I am thrilled to bring The Chronic home to its original distribution partner, Interscope Records. Working alongside my longtime colleagues, Steve Berman and John Janick, to re-release the album and make it available to fans all over the world is a full circle moment for me,” Dr. Dre. said about ‘The Chronic’ release on streaming platforms.
Steve Berman, Vice Chairman of Interscope Record A&M about how the return of The Chronic to streaming platforms is “incredibly gratifying”.
“Dre is without a doubt one of the most iconic and groundbreaking artists in the modern era. He has also used his platform to fuel some very impactful philanthropic efforts that will ensure his legacy is felt for generations to come. Dre’s solo career all started with the The Chronic, one of the most celebrated recordings of all time. To have this album at Interscope once again where we work with Dre and his amazing team at Aftermath day in and day out is incredibly gratifying for me personally and all of us at Interscope.” Berman said.
Recorded entirely in Los Angeles, ‘The Chronic’ was Dr. Dre’s first solo effort after parting ways with Compton’s iconic Hip-Hop act N.W.A. or ‘N***** With Attitude’. The album served laid a solid foundation for Snoop Dogg’s career music-wise and was recognised for its classic G-Funk Rap sounds amidst Dre’s tenuous relationship with Ruthless Records and Eazy-E at the time.
‘The Chronic’ reached the third spot on Billboard Top 200 and has sold over three million copies ever since its release. In 1994, Dr. Dre won his first Grammy Award for ‘Best Rap Solo Performance’ at the 36th Annual Recording Academy Awards.
Listen to ‘The Chronic’ by Dr Dre here if you haven’t yet.