Dr. Dre fans will have extra incentive to give Apple’s streaming service a try when it launches tomorrow, June 30. The Beats By Dre founder’s landmark debut solo album, The Chronic, will be exclusively available on Apple Music.
Thanks to legal wrangling over the classic album’s rights, it has been absent from other streaming services.
Reports Rolling Stone:
Surprisingly, when Beats Music first arrived in 2014, The Chronic, one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, was not part of that streaming service’s catalog, even though it fell under the umbrella of Beats Electronics’ deal with Apple. The album was also unavailable on competing services like Spotify and Rhapsody.
The album’s absence could be explained, in part, over the rapper’s legal battle over The Chronic with his former label Death Row Records. In 2011, Dre won back the digital rights of The Chronic after a judge ruled that the then-incarnation of Death Row could not sell the album digitally and granted Dre 100 percent proceeds of all Chronic online sales; Death Row retained the rights to The Chronic on all physical mediums.
If you inexplicably not already familiar with The Chronic, now you really have no excuse.
Also releasing exclusively on Apple Music tomorrow will be Pharrell Williams’ new single, “Freedom.”