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Dem Vinyl Boyz Ep 32 - The Chronic


Dem Vinyl Boyz are back in the studio and this week they’re dropping the needle on Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’. A triple platinum record released in December of 1992 from West Coast rapper and producer Dr. Dre along with another little known artist you may have heard of, Snoop Dogg. ‘The Chronic’ reached number three on the Billboard 200 and has sales of over three million copies in the United States, making Dre one of the top ten best-selling American artists of 1993. As a member of N.W.A. in the mid-1980s, Dre was a star, but he was convinced that Easy-E—the head of his record label, Ruthless and fellow N.W.A. member—was trying to swindle him. Dre established himself as not just an unrivaled producer but an innovative visionary. His debut album, 1992’s ‘The Chronic’ is an ingenious campaign with half-truths so vibrant they blurred the lines of what was real.
It redefined the West Coast sound, it is considered one of the most renowned hip-hop albums of all time and made gangster rap that was approachable to pop radio and MTV. In essence, The Chronic brought hardcore hip-hop to the suburbs. Dre moved more into a producer and executive role after releasing “The Chronic,” founding ‘Aftermath Records’ and helped artists such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game and Kendrick Lamar launch their rap careers. Still, “The Chronic” casts a long shadow over his career.

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