Day 213: Dr. Dre – The Chronic

29 Sep

Nuthin’ but a G Thang (Feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg)

The Chronic has been providing me with entertainment for years now, even though for many of those years I didn’t even know of its existence.  Seeing Ben Folds cover Bitches Ain’t Shit at Lollapalooza a few years back remains one of the highlights of any live show I’ve seen—I’ve probably relived that moment a hundred times since via the YouTubes.  Additionally, we owe the spread of the always hilarious “deez nuts” fad to this record as well.  It’s probably in my best interest not to explain that one on here, but Urban Dictionary can help you out if you’ve managed to miss out on this American pastime.

This record may have led to some hilarious covers and ridiculous jokes, but most of this album is a dark romp through early-nineties Compton.  Recorded only months after the L.A. riots, racial tension, drugs, and violence are common themes on The Chronic.  Even Snoop Dogg’s appearances are fairly serious in nature.  As someone who only knows Snoop as a joke rapper—a washed-up parody of himself—it’s interesting to hear some of his stuff from before he completely sold out.  He was actually pretty good.

As someone still relatively new to hip-hop records, I’m slowly learning what I should be looking for, and what makes an album of this genre good.  Don’t worry, I still judge them by my gut more than anything, but I can now identify solid beats and a good flow.  The Chronic has both of these.  Dre can rap.  It really makes you wonder what people see in Odd Future.

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2 Responses to “Day 213: Dr. Dre – The Chronic”

  1. elcheeserpuff September 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    I’m assuming people like Odd Future for the same reason. Me? I’m completely out of my element with these matters. I think my opinion of an album like this would completely depend on my mood and environment.

  2. Yuanny Dollar October 2, 2011 at 2:07 am #

    Odd Future isn’t that hard to explain. They want to provoke. The people who like them want to provoke. When we respond, they win. I don’t mind that approach. In fact, I respect it, but only when the music is good too. Odd Future, not so good.

    As for Dr. Dre, it really is amazing that a doctor can also be such a great rapper. I like him and it is good to hear pre-clown Snoop. He shouldn’t have done the Katy Perry video/song (but can you blame him). However, I think his greatest contribution is bring Eminem to the front. Mr. Ear, you ought to review an early Eminem. There’s nothing like it.

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