How Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ holds up today.
Continued from Part One:
Dr. Dre wisely tapped into the laconic talents of Snoop Doggy Dogg (aka Calvin Broadus) who still is considered a hip-hop luminary and debuted (not counting the single he did with Dre for the “Deep Cover” soundtrack) on the album before striking out on his own solo career. For Dre it was a chance to show where the true talent of N.W.A. lied all along and to bring unknown artists to the foreground (some much better than others).
As we now know, the album shot Dre and Death Row to the top of the charts and this album had some unforgettable jams. “Ain’t Nothin’ But a G Thang” is considered one of the best hip-hop joints of all time. “Let Me Ride” was a great track to work your hydraulics too. “Wit Dre Day” was pure braggadocio in a bumping venomous package and “Bitches Ain’t Shit” gave voice to every hateful, anti-feminist impulse that was percolating on the streets.
For Dan and Randy this album hit them at the perfect age. Living in Detroit the impact it had on their lives was long-lasting and immediate. Our generation lapped up the unique rhymes and marketing and bought it upon it’s release. Tune in to hear how the record wove it’s way into the fabric of our lives in our late-teens and how we feel it holds up today. Like we always do around this time…