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MUSA 1300
Donald James

Chantz Delgado MU030 October 22, 2010 Album Review of The Chronic One of the most influential music producers to be known, Dr. Dre changed the game for the hip-hop and rap industry when his solo debut album, The Chronic, was released in December of 1992. This production meshed the altered tempo of funk with the “lazy” west coast rap style to create gangsta funk better known as G-funk. During an interview with Rolling Stone, Kanye West said “Chronic is the hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder’s ‘Songs in the Key of Life’” which ranked #56 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.Anyone who knows of Stevie Wonder will know that this album became his signature album and is noted as one of the greatest albums in pop music history. Born and raised in Compton, LA, where the infamous Blood and Crips gangs originated, Dre hit off his rap career with Ni**az withAttitude(NWA)’s first album-Straight Outta Compton- revolutionizing the rap genre through social commentary. In the late 1980’s Compton’s violent reputation reached its peak with the crack epidemic on the rise and gang violence reaching an all time high. This urban city youth lifestyle laid the foundation for gangsta rap that promoted profanity, sex, substance abuse, violence and several other social negatives. Dre along with NWApopularized this genre of music by advocating and encouraging these social issues during this time.After leaving NWAin 1990 over a financial dispute with Ruthless Record’s manager, The Chronic was debuted featuring direct insults to both NWA and his former group members. The departure from the group set the tone for this album bringing Dre to the pinnacle of his career coined as the “father of G-funk”. His first single of this album, “Nuthin but a ‘G’Thang” featuring his protégé, Snoop Doggy Dog, turned out to be one of the most listened-to songs of its time reaching #2 on Billboard’s Top 100. This song is considered to be an exemplar G-funk single, delivering a melodic laid back combination of rhyme and flow. It incorporates multi-layered synthesizers, a heavy bass, and used some form of instrumental sampling although it mostly focused on live instrumentation and harmony. The song embodies life from a gangsta’s point of view emphasizing on the use of marijuana, which became very prominent during this time, and promoted a life filled with promiscuity and vandalism. The lyrical context appealed to the great majority as it was nominated for the Best Rap Performance by a group in the 1994 Grammy Awards and this song launched Snoop Dogg’s successful career. The album also had two other singles, “[email protected] with Dre Day” and “Let me Ride”, both reaching Billboard’s Top 100. “[email protected] with Dre Day’was released as the second single on May of 1993 selling over 500,000 units. The track had a very aggressive production approach aiming at Ruthless Records and his former NWAgroup members. The track is well noted for portraying a “don’t give a damn” attitude and considered one of the best diss tracks Dre’s ever produced. Both Dre and Snoop directly insult rappers such as Dre’s former group member, Eazy-E and east coast rapper Tim Dog. The lyrics make explicit disrespectful statements such as “Ni**a bow down to the row, fu%$ing me, now I’m fu%$cking you, little hoe”- Dre referring to Eazy-E. They even go as far as making the music video into a comical story about a character named “Sleazy-E” who signs a contract with his fat manager- whom is suppose to rep
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