Album Review | Dr. Dre – The Chronic

I guess I’m technically starting ANOTHER marathon before finishing the other two since I’m about to review all of Dr. Dre’s solo albums, but I’m really just doing this since he dropped Compton. There are only three of them, so this really shouldn’t take too long. I’ll get to work on the next Nas review as soon as I finish the Dr. Dre Marathon. Goddamn. Okay, this album dropped on December 19th of 1992. December is a horrible month to drop an album… Anyway, much like Illmatic which came out two years after this album, The Chronic is widely regarded as a classic, a masterpiece and one of the most important albums of all time. I ain’t never heard it lol. Yeah I haven’t listened to any of his albums, which is why I thought I should listen to the first two before I listen to Compton. Just like I said in my Illmatic review, there are a shit load of classic albums I haven’t heard and if you don’t like it you can eat my dick. Just kidding. Every song is produced by Dr. Dre.

Track 1: The Chronic (Intro) Feat. Snoop Dogg

Goddamn… This motherfucking beat is unbelievable. Jesus Christ.

DAT BEAT THOOOOOO

What the fuck… This is gangsta as fuck too. It’s just Snoop Dogg talkin’ shit over an unbelievable beat. HAHAHA. Goddamn. Snoop Dogg is ice cold. He just shitted on Eazy-E so motherfucking hard. I don’t know who Jerry is. Oh Jerry Heller is the co-founder of Ruthless Records. Why did Snoop Dogg hate Ruthless? Did he actually hate them or did he just say this shit because he was rollin’ with Dr. Dre? Maybe both. “I want y’all to put these bizzalls in your jizzaws and work them like a strizzaw tell me what you sizzaw!” I enjoyed this but there’s no reason for me not to delete it. I can’t give it a rating either since it isn’t really a full song. That beat is fuckin’ crazy tho.

Track 2: Fuck Wit Dre Day Feat. Snoop Dogg

This is apparently a diss record targeting Eazy-E, the leader of 2 Live Crew & a rapper named Tim Dogg. Wow. Tim Dog had a song called Fuck Compton. Damn. Is he still alive? How the fuck could you hate a city so damn much? I will never understand that. This beat is dope. I fuck with it. Dre’s first verse is cool. Nothing special. He’s definitely dissin’ Eazy-E, but he didn’t really say anything that incredible. Snoop Dogg just opened up his verse with “Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay.” I don’t know about y’all, but that shit’s pretty damn corny to me. He says it three times in this verse. He’s goin’ hard at Tim Dog’s mama. “I heard she was the ‘Frisco dyke.” Damn. They’re doin’ a good ass job of making Tim Dog look lame as fuck. “Your bark was loud, but your bite wasn’t vicious.” That line was pretty hard, but he goes on to call Tim Dog’s bars “bootylicious.” I’m sorry, but you can’t tell me that that shit is cool. I can’t get behind that. He couldn’t think of anything else that rhymes with vicious? Jesus. This is kinda like when you watch a video that was recorded a long time ago where it’s a bunch of old people in a disco or something. I’m sure it was cool at the time, but it really hasn’t aged well. The beat held up pretty well, but if one of them Hip Hop Elitists told me that Hip Hop in 2015 sucks ass and used this as they ammo I would laugh in they face. I’m not saying it’s a bad song because it’s actually pretty goddamn good, but if somebody rapped like this today it just wouldn’t sound right. “I’m hollering 187 with my dick in your mouth, bitch.” Nice. I like the beat, but the verses themselves haven’t aged very well. There were a few very dope lines in there tho. That last verse was great too. I loved how they were tradin’ bars. This was cool, but I really don’t think I would ever be in the mood to listen to this again. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 3: Let Me Ride Feat. Snoop Dogg & Jewell

Fuck. I can’t wait to listen to Compton. Y’all don’t understand how motherfucking hard it is to restrain myself from listening to that shit. I don’t wanna be late on that shit. I wanna know if it’s good. Fuck. Alright lemme stop bitching and listen to this shit. This beat is cool. Dr. Dre’s doin’ his thing. He’s just talkin’ about typical gangsta shit. Don’t fuck with him because you’ll fucking die. Oh hell nah. I’m not fuckin’ with this hook. Jewell is singin’ and it doesn’t sound very good. Wow. I’m surprised by how much I’m not fuckin’ with this album so far. This song isn’t that bad, but I just can’t really get into it. It’s hard to believe how dated this shit sounds. I really expected to like this more. I’ve heard some of the shit from this album and I know there’s at least one song that I fuck with. This is cool and everything, but I just can’t get into it. The beat was dope and Dre wasn’t wack, but that hook kinda blew it for me. This is honestly pretty dope, but I just can’t see myself listening to this again. I’m enjoying Dre’s verses, but this just isn’t something that I’d come back to. Snoop Dogg really didn’t do shit on here. This song is alright. I just can’t get into it. Maybe if I was like 30 I would fuck with this more. Maybe 40. 3/5

Track 4: The Day The Niggaz Took Over Feat. Snoop Dogg, RBX & Daz Dillinger

Okay, this intro has me interested. This beat is dope af. Some kids my age would probably find this hook corny, but I don’t think it’s that bad. I kinda fuck with it. Oh hell yeah this is more like it. Daz Dillinger is on the first verse and his flow is great. It’s clear that he’s not a “peaceful” protester. He’s not afraid to fuck up some cops. This is great. This is so much better. I really liked Daz Dillinger’s verse and the shit they’re chanting about “How many niggas are ready to loot?” is dope af. That KRS-One sample was perfect too. This song was clearly created in response to the LA riots and the whole Rodney King thing. I wasn’t even alive when that shit happened, but it’s actually kinda scary how relatable this shit still is. This song applies (more than it should) to all the shit that’s been happening with the police these days. I hate police so much. For real I know this shouldn’t be said, but I really do. Thankfully I’m so goddamn mixed that most cops can’t tell I’m black. I don’t know how these police officers are still getting away with all the bullshit they keep doing. Fuck the police. Anyway, Dr. Dre’s verse was pretty dope. His flow was kinda shaky by today’s standards, but I still fuck with his verse. I like the lyrics so much (even tho I don’t think he’s handling the situation in the best way) that I’ll forgive any problems I had with his flow. The lyrics are what pull you into this song, not the flow. RBX’s flow is a lot better. He just said “I ain’t Nintendo.” If I had a nickel for every time a rapper said “I’m not playin'” or “don’t play with me” and then said something about video games I’d probably have like 3 bucks. I still liked RBX’s verse despite the Nintendo line. Daz has another short verse at the end and then Snoop spits a few bars on the outro. This is great. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 5: Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang Feat. Snoop Dogg

Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang

This beat is obviously dope af. This is one of the most iconic Hip Hop instrumentals of all time. Counting to four was kind of a stupid way to start off the song, but it’s not a big deal at all. This is gangsta as fuck. Even if the lyrics are kinda stupid, Snoop’s delivery makes it impossible to not like this shit. The hook definitely isn’t really good, but it’s not bad. It gets the job done. This is just a smooth ass song. It’s catchy as fuck. The beat is so goddamn good. It’s hard to not sound good over this beat. I fuck with this shit. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 6: Deeez Nuuuts Feat. Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg & Snoop Dogg

This song opens up with a long ass skit from Warren G. He basically annoys some girl by pulling a stupid ass prank. I coulda did without the skit, but the sample from the Rudy Ray Moore comedy show was absolutely amazing. Did this motherfucker Snoop just call himself “Nut-torious?” This song is just like the first two; it’s really not bad, but I can’t see myself listening to it again. The beat is nothing special. They all did they thing, but it just isn’t grabbing me. It’s not bad, but I can’t get into it. Daz & Dre did they thing on the verses (Snoop didn’t do much of anything), but I just can’t get into this. I fuck with Nate Dogg, but his outro was just kinda annoying to be honest. This is alright I guess. 3/5

Track 7: Lil Ghetto Boy Feat. Snoop Dogg & Daz Dillinger

The guy in the intro may be sayin’ some real shit, but it’s annoying as hell hearing these people yell like this. That’s kind of an ignorant stand point, but I’m just being honest. Maybe I shouldn’t have said anything about that. This beat is dope af. It actually sounds different. Snoop’s rappin’ about life in the ghetto. This hook is dope. This shit is smooth as fuck. Dr. Dre did his thing too. This really feels like a Snoop Dogg song since he has the first and last verse. Dre only has one. That’s not a bad thing tho. Dre is definitely a better producer than rapper. I fuck with this song. This song is dope. 4/5

Track 8: A Nigga Witta Gun

I saw a lot of people complaining about how Compton has too many features, but it seems that Dre has always had a lot of features on his albums. This song even has Snoop Dogg & D.O.C. credited as writers. I think something bit my pinky because it itches like some bitches. I mean it’s really itchy. Anyway, this song opens up with another long ass skit where somebody’s about to get they ass shot. Damn. This beat is dope as fuck. Goddamn. Why have I never heard this shit? This beat is so dope. Wow. It’s hard to believe this beat came out in 1992. This beat sounds like it could be on an album that came out today. It’s so dope. Wow. Dr. Dre sounds great over this beat. He’s just doin’ his usual gangsta shit. This is so dope. I’ve never even heard of this song. This is great. I definitely fuck with this. It has a fantastic beat, a short hook and three hard ass verses from Dre. I kinda wish he didn’t put the N word in the title, but that’s to be expected honestly. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 9: Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat Feat. Snoop Dogg

This beat is dope. I feel like I’m cruisin’ through the streets of a crime infested city at night. Again, Dr. Dre is doin’ the gangsta shit. This hook might be a little corny to some people, but I fuck with it. There’s an interlude in the middle of the song where somebody who’s in debt gets slapped around and for some reason I don’t really mind it. It’s cool. Dr. Dre is on both verses and Snoop handles most of the hook. I fuck with this. This is dope. 4/5

Track 10: The 20$ Sack Pyramid (Skit)

This skit is annoying as fuck.

Track 11: Lyrical Gangbang Feat. The Lady Of Rage, Kurupt & RBX

This beat is dope. The only time I’ve ever heard The Lady of Rage rap before was in a B.E.T. Cypher along with Blind Fury and some other people that I can’t remember. I don’t remember how she did, but she sounds hard as fuck on this shit. She killed it. Damn. Kurupt is goin’ in now. “This young black kid, a mercenary, merciless / Murderin’ millions of niggas so who’s first to diss.” This is so fuckin’ gangsta. This shit really lives up to its name. This is so fuckin’ hard. RBX is on the third and final verse. He had my least favorite verse, but he still killed it. Dr. Dre didn’t have a vocal presence, but the beat is dope. I love how there’s no hook. This is just a gangsta ass song with three dope MCs rappin’ they asses off. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 12: High Powered Feat. RBX

This beat is dope. There’s a long ass intro from Dr. Dre over some vocals from Lady of Rage. RBX is goin’ in right now. He’s doin’ his thing. His verse is just more of the gangsta shit. It’s cool. This is really just an RBX verse with a long ass intro from Dre & a short outro from Daz. It’s dope, but I really coulda did without the intro and Daz coulda had a verse. The beat’s average. This is nothing special to be honest. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 13: The Doctor’s Office (Skit)

Oh God. No. No. Why? What the fuck? Oh God. No. This is horrible. Why the fuck would I want to hear the sound of Dr. Dre fuckin’ some chick? The argument Lady of Rage had with Jewell was kinda funny, but I really wish I didn’t know what Dr. Dre sounds like when he’s cumming. This made me very uncomfortable. Thank God it isn’t attached to a dope song because that honestly would’ve ruined it. This is terrible. I can’t give it a rating since it’s not a song tho.

Track 14: Stranded On Death Row Feat. Kurupt, RBX, The Lady of Rage & Snoop Dogg

Oh wow Bushwick Bill is on the intro. That’s cool. I guess. Kurupt is on the first verse. This beat is dope af. It’s real simple. Goddamn. Kurupt is goin’ the fuck in. He killed it. RBX is goin’ in now. This is so dope. I love how all of the MCs on this song follow the theme of actually being on death row. “Kurupt inmate / Cell block 1.” “The narrator RBX / Cell block 2.” “It’s Rage from cell block H.” “Cell block 4 / Peace Doggy Dogg’s done.” Rage fuckin’ killed it. Snoop did his thing too. Dre didn’t have a verse, but all the other MCs killed it. I love how there was no hook; just four dope rappers goin’ in over a simple beat. I fuck with this. This is dope af. 5/5

Track 15: The Roach (The Chronic Outro) Feat. RBX, Emmage, Daz Dillinger & Jewell

Goddamn this is smooth as fuck. RBX was on the intro and he sounded smoother than a motherfucker. The hook is sung by Emmage, Daz Dillinger & Jewell all at once. RBX is on the second “verse.” He ain’t rapping tho. He’s just talkin’ about weed like he did on the intro. Fuck. I don’t know if I should rate this track. There’s a beat and a hook, but nobody’s rapping. RBX is just talking about weed. I probably shouldn’t do this, but I’ll go easy on Dre and not rate this motherfucker. I wouldn’t know what to give it anyway. It definitely wouldn’t get anything higher than a 3 tho.

Track 16: Bitches Ain’t Shit Feat. Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt & Jewell

Hahaha. Wow. I’m sorry, but I can’t fuck with this hook. It’s not even the misogynistic lyrics that are really bothering me. The melody that Snoop Dogg is singing just isn’t very good. “Lick on these nuts and suck the dick.” This beat is dope. Damn. Dre’s girl was cheatin’ on him with a white dude. That sucks. Daz did his thing on the second verse. Kurupt’s verse was dope as fuck. Damn. Snoop’s girl was fuckin’ on Daz Dillinger. That sucks too. Jewell sings the outro. It’s cool. “I ain’t trying to say I suck every ding-a-lang, but just the juicy ones with the tip of the tongue and then they’re sprung and with the nuts hung.” Huh. I don’t know how I feel about her outro to be honest. This is alright I guess. I’ll probably never listen to it again. The beat was cool and all the MCs did they thing, but I wasn’t really feelin’ the hook or the outro. It’s alright. 3/5

Final Thoughts:

That was dope. It definitely hasn’t aged well, but there are a lot of tracks that are still dope af. Dr. Dre is definitely a better producer than rapper, but he still holds his own pretty well on these tracks. His flow was a little shaky at times, but it wasn’t unbearable like French Montana. I’m having a hard time choosing a favorite song. I don’t know. Lyrical Gangbang, A Nigga Witta Gun & The Day The Niggaz Took Over are all still dope af. I’m getting off topic tho. It’s clear why this is a classic. The songs may be dated, but Hip Hop was still transitioning from it’s 80s sound to the 90s. This must’ve been mind blowing when it first dropped. He also introduced Snoop Dogg & Kurupt. Kurupt fucking did his thing on this motherfucker. He may not be that dope anymore, but he went the fuck in on this thing. I fuck with this album. This album is dope. Also, don’t get it fucked up; when I give a song like Bitches Ain’t Shit a 3/5 I’m rating it based on my level of enjoyment not how “good” it is. You just read a subjective review. Shit. Maybe I shoulda said that earlier. Sorry if you wasted your time lol.

Favorite Song: A Nigga Witta Gun

Least Favorite Song: Deeez Nuuuts

Verdict:

80%

HOTTTTT

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8 comments

  1. Nope, certainly not tripping. As someone who only heard The Chronic recently, i was kinda disappointed. I didn’t enjoy it so much, as I thought I would. Maybe, because i went in expecting a full g funk album, i was letdown because i did not expect a lot of gangsta rap. Anyways, good review based on subjectivity.

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  2. Yo Nick if you’re interested. There’s some unreleased joints (pun intended) from The Chronic’s recording sessions on YouTube.

    (Only song missing is the original mix of “The Day N’z Took Over” called “Mr. Officer”, however it’s featured in the DL link from what I understand linked in the video’s description.)

    Lemme know what you think about it.

    Peace

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