Dr. Dre's "The Chronic" Turns 28 (And Everybody's Celebratin')
There’s a reason why Dr. Dre is widely considered to be one of, if not the, greatest hip-hop icon of all time — and with only three studio albums to his name. Yet where Dr. Dre is concerned, “perfection is perfected.” It’s the reason why The Chronic, his Death Row debut album released exactly twenty-eight years ago, remains on rotation to this day. In fact, there are some who would even call it the greatest album ever made, citing the influence it had on production, hip-hop sound-engineering, and gangsta rap in general.
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With nearly thirty-years removed from the album’s initial release, there isn’t much to be said that hasn’t already been covered at length. One thing that remains interesting is how The Chronic played a role in shaping Dr. Dre’s production aesthetic, with the seeds of his darker…