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Dr. Dre ‘The Chronic’ album cover screenshot

Credit: Death Row

Born in Compton as Andre Young, Dre’s roots in music began as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, an electronic and RnB group whom opened up for New Edition on tour during the early-to-mid 80s. Of course, we all know Dre broke new ground with N.W.A, the first gangsta rap artist in hip-hop. When The Chronic debuted in 1992, this record dropped a bombshell in the world of hip-hop. It introduced listeners to Dre’s signature style as he perfected the sampling and laid-back production style of “G Funk” (RnB samples from James Brown, Bill Withers, and others); it introduced us to hearing a smooth-talking (and also laid-back) rapper named Snoop Dogg, and other rappers from Krupt, Lady of Rage, and Warren G; and, most importantly, introduced us to songs and videos (“Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang,” “Let Me Ride,” and other) to virtually every medium, especially during the days-when-MTV-played-videos era. No words can express The Chronic’s magnitude in hip-hop culture, making the record an instant classic.


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