Perfection Is Perfected
December 14, 2012 10:07 AM Subscribe
Dec 15th, 1992
: The Chronic
, Dr. Dre's first solo album, is released.The Chronic
turns 20 tomorrow.
"Before I got with Interscope, I recorded the entire album, artwork and everything and went into almost every label, and everybody was slamming doors on my, talking about, “This isn’t hip-hop; you’re using live instruments.” It had me second-guessing myself. I remember being on my balcony with Nate Dogg, listening to my record like, Is this shit good or not?"
- Andre "Dr. Dre" Young, in a 2008 interview
"If [other tracks] didn't come out, Dre did it for a reason. A lot of that shit was spontaneous. But I did [another] song 15 times before I got it right. Had a toothache at the time and couldn't spit it out. He was, "Do it the next time, I don't like how it sounds. Do it again, you had too much energy." I'm like, this motherfucker is a precisionist."
LA Weekly: The Making of The Chronic
Why The Chronic is the Greatest Album in Rap History
"The first single, "Nuthin' But A G Thang"
's infectious sound is a combination of biting synths inspired by The Funky Worm
", plus samples from Leon Haywood
's "I Want'a Do Something Freaky With You
" , "Uphill (Peace of Mind
)" by Frederick Knight
(or possibly the Kid Dynamite
version), "West Coast Poplock
" by Ronnie Hudson and the Street People, and Public Enemy's "B Side Wins Again
Did a truce
between Crips and Bloods set the stage for "Nuthin' But a G Thang' as that summer's anthem? "Just as the early 1970s gang truce in the South Bronx, N.Y., helped create the conditions in which the proto-hip-hop party scene there could flourish, in Los Angeles, the post-riots, truce environment was also ripe for elation."
Review in The Source
Rolling Stone's review
Robert Christgau weighs in.
How Dr. Dre Made Gangsta Rap Mainstream
Peanut Butter Wolf shares his "total Dre Chronic-era ripoff"
Interview with Dre - unreleased footage from the "Rhyme and Reason" documentary:
Eazy-E interviews Dre