Producer and business mogul Dr. Dre helped changed the landscape of Hip-Hop 25 years ago today with the debut of his solo album, The Chronic. Not only did the album helped bring the sub-genre of G-Funk to the masses, it helped to give a bigger platform for future stars such as Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Lady of Rage and the late Nate Dogg.
The Chronic was released on Death Row Records and distributed by Interscope Records, beginning what would become a lengthy and fruitful partnership with the producer born Andre Young and record executive Jimmy Iovine. It was Dre’s first major work since splitting with N.W.A., which he achieved high critical marks as the seminal group’s producer.
From the first bass-heavy licks of “Nuthin But A ‘G’ Thang” and the smooth “Let Me Ride,” the album served as the perfect compliment to the smokers and riders on both coasts. And while the East Coast still held fast to its boom-bap and samples, Dre’s G-Funk would end up influencing the South, the Midwest and eventually the entire nation.
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