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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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