Artist : Dr. Dre

Album : The Chronic
Year Of Release : 1992
Reviewer : Nima
The Chronic was Dr Dre's debut album as a solo artist. It went down in history as one of the most groundbreaking and game changing albums in Hip-Hop, next to N.W.A. or Public Enemy's works. The Chronic, which was released in December of 1992, was the real launch of Deathrow Records. After Dr. Dre had left Ruthless Records and N.W.A., he teamed up with Suge Knight and, with the financial help of none other than the infamous drug dealer Michael Harry-O Harris, formed Deathrow Records, which was supposed to be a sub-label of his label GFE (Godfather Entertainment). And with this album, Deathrow Records set its first step to become one of the most important music labels of the 90's. 
At the same time, Dr. Dre introduced to the rap game a whole lot of young artists, from Long Beach City (LBC), who with their appearances on this record were able to get away from the streets and step into the music business. The most outstanding person and "the" new star was Snoop Doggy Dogg, convicted ex-drug dealer and a member of the Rollin' 20 Crip gang (RTC). There was nothing in rap like Snoop's singsong, smooth delivery, and since Dre's true strength is the production, Snoop is the signature voice. He's able to liven up a track, just with background vocals or by joining the chorus. 
These new artists were all raw unpolished diamonds who couldn't wait to make themselves heard and had a lot of motivation. Rappers such as Kurupt, Dat Nigga Daz, Warren G, RBX or The Lady Of Rage who are now veterans and OG's in the game made their debut on The Chronic.
The groundbreaking thing on the album was the G-Funk sound, with fat, blunted, funky beats, the soulful vocals and the hard, rolling bass lines along with the whiny synths. Puff Daddy later said "Dr. Dre was the first rapper to really put melody into his records, he made them songs". And another factor was that all the artists were like a family, and the atmosphere was very laid back. 
The Chronic became a Hip-Hop sensation, remaining in the Billboard charts for eight months, selling more than eight million copies. It was the first time that Gangsta Rap music was played on MTV during the day, that it was on the cover of magazines like the Rolling Stone.
Now I want to show WHY this album was such an amazing piece of work, with the following review.




1. The Chronic (Intro) - Ten years later, the beginning of this album is still being looked back to as one of the greatest. It starts with the simple phrase "This is dedicated to the niggas that was down from day one, welcome to Death Row". Then this beats starts off. It just blows you away! The deep bass line, that synth going crazy and those hard hitting drums just fit together perfectly. It samples Funky Worm, by The Ohio Players from 1972. And Snoop Doggy Dogg introduces everybody to Deathrow Records, the album, and the future of Rap Music. He doesn't rap, just talks throughout the intro, reps the gangster lifestyle and disses a couple of enemies, such as Eazy-E and his manager Jerry Heller. But the beat just kills it. You listen to it over and over again, its addicting, just this little intro. Classic. 5/5



2. Fuck Wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin') - The first real track of the album, and what a track! Its a diss to Eazy-E, Dr. Dre's childhood friend. He teams up with Snoop Doggy Dogg, supported by RBX and Jewell in the background. The beat, with again a very deep and hard bass line, and the synth, which was the G-Funk's real signature. Dre samples Funkadelic's classic track from 1979 called Not Just (Knee Deep) but gave it a Gangsta flavor. He spits rhymes such as: 

Used to be my homey, used to be my ace
Now I wanna slap the taste out yo mouth
Make you bow down to the row
Fuckin me, now I'm fuckin you, little ho"

Dr. Dre wasn't the best rapper, but he came off real nice on this track and dissed Eazy-E real bad. Its impressive the way that Dre handled the beat, this track makes you bounce and bop your head, even after years. After Dre's verse, Snoop Dogg grabs the mic and since its a diss track, people are awaiting some hard shit but Snoop goes "Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay Doggy Dogg's in the motherfuckin house, Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay Death Row's in the motherfuckin house, Bow wow wow yippy yo yippy yay The sounds of a dog brings me to another day." He handles it smoothly and with humour. He rips the mic, and at the same time disses Tim Dog ("Fuck Compton").

Fuck your mama, I'm talkin about you and me
Toe to toe, Tim M-U-T
Your bark was loud, but your bite wasn't vicious
And them rhymes you were kickin were quite bootylicious"

Snoops flow is incredible throughout the song, flawless and raw. He fits the track perfectly and his delivery is awesome. After his verse, RBX steps to the mic for a couple bars and just says Fuck The Haters, This Is Deathrow And Get Ready. 
Now comes probably the best part of the track, the third verse. This is Mic Exchange at its finest and this was where for the first time on the album you see the unbelievable chemistry that exists between this young cat Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre. Snoops smooth and Dre's deep voice never let the track get boring. The beginning of the verse goes:

Now understand this my nigga Dre can't be touched
Luke's bendin over, so Luke's gettin fucked, busta
Musta, thought I was sleazy
Or though I was a mark cause I used to hang with Eazy

It is incredible. This hard-hitting beat, Dre's deep voice, Snoop smooth, chilled out, relaxing' delivery and flow make a perfect combination and turn this into a classic, memorable track. And Jewell closes the track perfectly, with her great voice, reppin' Deathrow to the fullest. 5/5



3. Let Me Ride - BIIAATCH! The first word of this track, spit by Snoop, which probably refers to Eazy-E, Tim Dog & Luke who all got fucked up just before. 
Even before the track really starts, you can hear the high pitched synth whistling', and that lets you know the beat is going to be G-Funk to the fullest! After a decade, this is still one of the best, if not Dr Dre's best solo track ever. He samples George Clinton's Mothership Connection from 1976, along with James Brown's Funky Drummer (1986) and Bill Wither's Kissin' My Love (1971) for the Drums. The beginning of Dre's first verse is classic:

Creepin' down the back street on Deez
I got my glock cocked cuz niggaz want these

Once you hear that it sticks in your head and next time you just rap along! You cant control it! The Drums are impressive too, the are always present during his verse, not too loud but they give the track a feeling that is incredible. They get the track rolling. But the part that shocked me most the first time i heard it was probably the chorus. The drums flip over and the synth goes all crazy there. It gives you chills when you hear it. Especially when the chorus is about to start! The way the beat is going to stop is like a car going' at high speed and then suddenly pulling' the brake! And Snoop goes "Rollin' In My Six-Fo'. Damn this is unbelievable. Its more than just music. The way the Synth whistles during the chorus is genius! 
Dr. Dre's second verse is just as good, if not even better:

Just another motherfuckin day for Dre so I begin like this
No medallions, dreadlocks, or black fists it's just
that gangster glare, with gangster raps
that gangster shit, that makes the gang of snaps, uhh

This is Dr. Dre at his best! The third verse is the best though, Dre's flow gets better all the time throughout the track, its like he tops himself with every verse! Let's not forget the end of the track, where the one and only George Clinton can be heard. He doesn't say much, but he still gives the track a funky touch. This is the perfect summertime track, to roll around in a car, enjoy the day, the sun and the girls. No flaws, you can call it Perfect. 5/5



4. The Day The Niggaz Took Over - The track starts with live recordings from the L.A. Riots, and the listener immediately knows what the subject of the track is going to be. The beat has a dark, very gangsta'ish vibe to it. The beat is real sick. The very hard Drums, the deep Bass, are bangin' throughout the track. The keys and the instruments are coordinated together very well, and so the track gets that dirty, street feeling. Dre used KRS-One's Voice sample from "Got Myself A Uzi and my brother a 9". The chorus is very simple:

I got my finger on the trigger so niggaz wonder why
But livin in the city it's do-or-die

Daz has his first appearance on this album and drops the first verse. The voice is not too clear to give the track a special feelin'. Daz literally rips the mic. You can hear he's hungry for rapping and when you let him lose you can't stop him. After his verse, you hear TV Reporters talking, gunshots etc to give the track the feelin' of the Riots. Then Dre takes the mic to drop his verse and spits:

Bloods, Crips on the same squad
with the Ese's help and nigga it's time to rob and mob

He kind of wants to show the unity of the black folks. This is another very dope Dr. Dre verse, his flow is real good! You can hear that each artist talks from heart and knows what he is talkin' bout because he lived it. Now The Narrator, aka RBX gets the chance to drop his first verse, after he talked on Fuck Wit Dre Day. And what a verse!! A very emotional verse which you feel deep inside. He goes 

I zip up-town, but motherfuckin cops are all around
Helicopters flyin, these motherfuckers tryin
to catch me and stretch me on Death Row
But hell no, suppose black refuse to go??

The written lyrics cannot show the emotions that RBX has while rapping this verse, its as if he was livin it at that exact moment! 
Daz has another small verse at the end of the track and Snoop closes it with "Blak blam, blam til dem fall, Listen to the shots from my nigga Doggy Dogg, biddy-bye, Dr. Dre, him bust gun shots, Diggity Daz and RBX, dem bust gun shots, Come again!"
At first, I didn't really like this track, because it was so different of the first two, but it grew on me mad, and now its a 4.75/5



5. Nuthin' But A "G" Thang - This is the biggest hit off this album. The main single that made everybody buy this album. After the dark "The Day The Niggaz Took Over", this track has a very funky beat that makes you wanna bounce and groove. The first thing you notice is the bass, which is a lot louder and important here, the drums arent too relevant. And immediately, the synthed out melody starts off and makes you fall in love with the track. The way it whistles and announces Snoop's verse is incredible. Dr Dre took L. Haywood's "I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You" from 1979 for the beat. 
Snoop Doggy Dogg drops the first verse with probably his most famous bars ever:

One, two, three and to the fo'
Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr. Dre is at the do'

Even most country fan knows these lines, same goes for "Ain't Nothin' But A G Thing Baby, Two Loc'd Out Niggas Going' Crazy, Deathrow Is The Label That Pays Me". It would be hard to find someone who could flow like Snoop does right here. His delivery is crazy and absolutely flawless. His smooth voice and the funky beat sound as if they were made only for each other. And then when Snoop goes over to

And that's realer than Real-Deal Holyfield
And now you hookers and hoes know how I feel
Well if it's good enough to get broke off a proper chunk
I'll take a small piece of some of that funky stuff,

These Keys start to play. Its crazy! The whistle, the keys, the bass its just perfect. The chorus couldn't be simpler: "Its like this and like that and like this and up" and on. 
Dre's second verse is pretty short, and its so good you wish it would be longer. 

At the same time with the dope rhyme that I kick
You know, and I know, I flow some ol funky shit
to add to my collection, the selection
symbolizes dope, take a toke, but don't choke
If you do, you'll have no clue
on what me and my homey Snoop Dogg came to do

Neither of them raps specially fast, or aggressively, they are both laid back, chilled out and so smooth. And then comes the infamous line by Snoop "And who gives a fuck about those? So just chill, to the next episode". Not many tracks can give you the relaxed feeling' that Nuthin But A G Thang gives. I mean when you hear this track its like you can already smell the Sun and the Weed in the air! 
Now, Snoop drops his second verse, which is a lot better than his first one! His flow is unfadable! Especially when he goes:

It's the capital S, oh yes I'm fresh, N double-O P
D O double-G Y, D O double-G, ya see

After Snoop, Dr Dre takes the mic to drop his second verse, which is in my opinion equally dope as his first one. 
To me, this track is more than just a 5/5. Its revolutionary, innovative and unique. Nothing will ever be able to touch this. Its on the same status as NWA's Straight Outta Compton, if not more important. It was the first Gangsta Rap track to get non stop airplay on the radio, it was the first single where the gangsta shit was spit over smooth, radio friendly beats. This track alone made Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg to a inseparable Duo, with extraordinary chemistry. You still hear this track on the radio, you still see the video on TV. More than a classic. 6/5



6. Deeez Nuuuts - The Skit at the beginning is a CLASSIC. Warren G calls and talks to some girl and then the infamous word "Deez Nuuuts". This still has me rollin' on the floor when I hear it. 
After this little skit, comes a voice talkin' some funny shit about nuts:

I wanna ask you one question
If I had some nuts, hangin on the walls, what did I have honey?"
I said, "Darling you'd have some walnuts."
She said, "Well.. daddy if I had some nuts
on my chest, would those be chestnuts?"
I said, "Hell yes!"
She said, "Well daddy if I had nuts under my chin
would those be chin-nuts?"
I said, "Hell no bitch you'd have a dick in your mouth!" {*echoes*}

The beat is so good that its hard to describe it! The energy that it releases is unbelievable. The drums carry it, give it a funky feel. The very impressive bass is very hard on this track and one of the most important parts of the beat. But the main thing are the keys. These things show Dre's talent for producing'. He always makes sure everything on the track actually fits together. This production is an undeniable classic and in the eyes of many people Dre's best beat to date.

Then Dr. Dre has a first, pretty short, not too impressive verse, and then Snoop introduces his cousin Daz who now raps with his proper voice. And what a rap! This maybe is to date one of Daz's best verses ever. I think the first two lines will never be forgotten:

Diggidy Daz out of the cut with some shit that I wrote
With my nigga D-R-E, so you know I must be dope

Daz later on often changed these lines around and reused them. The rest of his verse is just as dope and really makes the listener curious about his young cat who rips the mic and got a tight flow. 
And Dre drops yet another verse, this time MUCH better, but is still overshadowed by Daz on this track and there is nothing' spectacular I have to point out about his verses.
Now Nate Dogg has his first and only appearance on The Chronic. He doesn't say much, but immediately showcases his singing talent and has the listener fiendin' for more.
But Nate was still very young back then and since, his voice has matured and he improved himself a lot on Doggystyle. 
This was just the first little preview of the many Nate tracks we were gonna be blessed with in the future.
And another classic. 5/5



7. Lil' Ghetto Boy - Again we here Live Recordings of the LA Riots, again provided by Mathiew McDaniels. So we know its gonna be another emotional track with street knowledge. As soon as the first elements of the beat start, you feel the smooth feeling' of this production. The leading instrument, a flute, gives the track a very laid back feel, perfect for Snoops voice and flow. 
And Snoop himself starts off the track with his first verse and does some storytelling. He tells how the life in the ghetto goes for a G. 

Wake up, jumped out my bed 
Hung in a 2 man cell wit my homie Lil 1/2 Dead 
Murder was the case that they gave me 
Dear God, I wonder can you save me 

Again, his flow is unfadable. He gets everybody's attention when he raps. I have experienced that in a room with loads of people and where everybody is talking, as soon as a Snoop record is thrown on everybody goes quiet and listens. Its scary how well his voice and the beat fit each other.
The chorus is from the track "Little Ghetto Boy" by Danny Hathaway. A lot of people thought that was Nate Dogg but Nate Dogg was just in the video ad-libbing the chorus. When you listen to the track, its as if the chorus was only made for this track. "Little Ghetto Boy, living in the ghetto street.. What You Gone Do When You Grow Up? And have to face responsibilities". The chorus confronts the young gangstas and their "I Don't Give A Fuck" mentality with the future.
Snoops verse was rapped from the view of a young black man growing up. And now Dr. Dre steps up to the mic and raps as a man who already lived the shit and now is "what they call, a loc'ed ass O.G.". This is very interesting concept that they worked out here. 

But it ain't no thing to me 
Cause now I'm what they call a loced-assed O.G. 
The little homies from the hood wit grip 
are the ones I get with cause I'm down to set-trip 

Dre is really dope on this track but he cant really keep up with Snoop Doggy Dogg...
And Snoop is the one to drop the third and last verse. He spits some real shit and reflects the life of young people from the hood very well. And this was one of Snoop's gifts, the ability of storytelling. 
After Snoops 3rd verse, the beat just plays for over a minute and then fades. 
Another undeniable 5/5. 



8. A Nigga Witta Gun - Again there is a small Skit in the beginning. Its Dre killing a guy. This little skit wants to show the power of "A Nigga Witta Gun". 
Now the beat kicks in. When you listen to this track, make sure there's nothing breakable on your speakers. The bass and the drums are extremely hard hitting and make everything in the room vibrate and shake. You don't feel this in the beginning of the track because you can just hear a small part of the beat, with a voice saying' "Who's the man with the masterplan? A Nigga Witta Muthafuckin' Gun". On this track, Dr Dre sampled a couple of artists, Kay Gees "Who's The Man (With The Master Plan) from 1974, John Hammonds "Big Sur Suite" also from 1974 and Whodini's "Friends" from 1984.
Dre uses all the depth and the energy of his delivery and voice to give his verse the right feeling. I cant really describe what it is, but his verse is one of my favorite Dr. Dre verses ever. 

He be walkin on the streets and fuckin with mine
Stupid punk can't fuck with a mastermind
See I never take a step on a Compton block
or LA without the AK ready to pop

He doesn't really spit no lyrical depth but his verse has got that Gangsta vibe and feel we all love. He brings a lot of energy to the mic and is able to give the listener the same energy. 
The chorus is pretty short and carries the simple message "Who's The Man With The Masterplan? A Nigga With A Muthafuckin' Gun".
After the chorus, surprisingly Dre drops another, this time shorter, verse. But its as hard as his first one and equally dope. I gotta add that his flow isn't always top notch, but his delivery and voice make up for that.
After the second chorus, Dre drops his third verse!! This really surprised me because I was waiting for Snoop Dogg. But Dre's third is by far his best on this track. What a verse! Here are some dope lines:

That'll make you drop to your knees cos you realise
that a gat will make any nigga civilised
Old buster ass nigga talkin bullshit
Don't know that I'm the wrong nigga to fuck with

Dre really showcased his skills as a rapper. Although he is not the one to write his lyrics (on this track it was Snoop & The DOC), he comes off really nice and makes this track the classic that it is. 5/5



9. Rat-tat-tat-tat - And another little Skit. Its a guy saying' that they should stop talking' about profanity etc. Dre just screams NIGGA YOU CRAZY? and the beat kicks in. It drums aren't as hard hitting as on the previous track, but a very deep bass and a typical Gangsta production by the Doctor. This time he sampled Willie Hutch's "Brothers Gonna Work It Out from The Mack Soundtrack (1973) and Lou Donaldson's "Pot Belly" from 1970. 
RBX does a little intro and lets us know that Death Row is at it again. 

Dre starts it off and spits some raw street knowledge. It's like you can hear he's angry and hungry to be heard, although he already was on top. His deep voice is perfect for these Gangsta beats. 

Rat-tat-tat-tat late at night with my gat 
on the streets of LA 
wonderin' where the pussy at 
staright for ya, looking for a hoe 
hangin' out, rollin in my '64 

This is nothin' extraordinary lyrical wise but his delivery rocks and make this track banging'. The chorus is again very simple and expresses there Gangsta lifestyle and "dont-give-a-fuck" mentality, since they "never hesitate to put a nigga on his back". 
After the chorus, there's a little Skit in the middle of the track, its nothin' special though, just a shooting between gangsters. 
Dre handles the second verse by himself too. It's a nice little verse, the same message as on his first one, and Snoop closes the track by backing' up his homie "Dr Drizzay, is sittin on Tizzart! it don't stop treartin' buster's like a punk ass tizzart 
BEEEYYACHH!"

4.75/5



10. The 20$ Sack Pyramid - Just a funny Skit, at a game show, but not a normal game show, this is a G game show. Funny, not absolutely necessary though. I won't rate it.



11. Lyrical Gangbang - The small Intro of this one says it all: "This.. should be played at high volume, Preferably.. in a residential area"
Then the beat KICKS in. And what a kick! To date, I couldn't name more than five beats with equally HARD-HITTING beats. This is incredible. Its just the drums and a small guitar riff. I can actually imagine the drummer sitting behind his drums and hitting it as hard as he can. Especially the Snare Drum is present. And exactly for these Drums, Dre sampled Led Zepplins "When The Levee Breaks". Dre didn't really change the drums, but the way he used them in the track make them much doper than they were at the original track. 
Since this is a Lyrical Gangbang, we need some lyricists, and Dre is most certainly not a lyricist. And guess who raps first? The one and only Lyrical Murderer Rage, also known as The Lady Of Rage. She literally RIPS the mic and leaves the listener amazed at this female rapper who flows and flows and doesn't stop. She is unbelievable. A couple examples of her skills are:

Now what you wanna do, ya wanna battle, uhh?
Send you up shit creek without a motherfuckin paddle
Rattle -- that brain, I'm not that same ol' plain Jane
Roll on you like a boulder, you're nothin more than a grain

And then comes Kurupt The Kingpin who even tops Rage! The aggression and energy he brings to the mic is incredible. His flow is unfadable. His delivery is unique. I think every person who heard this track for the first time was shocked when he heard these young hungry cats rap. 

This young black kid, a mercenary, merciless
Murderin millions of niggaz so who's first to diss
They say I'm bad so you'll find none worse than this
Chewin motherfuckers up like a Hershey Kiss
Put to sleep, lovin the lyrics I leave in the minds of each
Roogh when flex, too complex, wrecks your mental piece

And in the middle of his verse, the snythed out whistle starts for a couple of second and gives you chills. Dr. Dre really used his brain while producing' this track. 
After The Kingpin, who could come and keep up with his flow?
The Narrator aka RBX is the next rapper. He starts with an acapella for a couple seconds and then the beat kicks back and RBX, who is a very different than the first two, raps himself into the hearts of the listener. He shows a lot of emotions while rapping', and his unique voice gives him the advantage that he is not easily forgotten. He may not be as raw as Kurupt or Rage, but he has a lot of Style.
The track ends with RBX's verse. Wow is the only word for this. 5/5



12. High Powered - Holy shit! After Dr Dre's little intro, this crazy beat starts. The synth is just whining around going all crazy. Wow. I'm probably the biggest fan of these synthed out whistles. Dre uses the Big Sur Suite sample by John Hammond again. 
The drums aren't too present, but the bass is very hard hitting and deep. The main thing is the synth. 
First RBX starts and drops his verse. He raps pretty slow, his style reminds me of Dr. Dre's rapping a little bit, when he points out the last word of each line. 

So now I walk around strapped
One-time bust they caps and watch niggaz collapse
Snap! Adapt to this, but you need no adapter
This is just the first chapter
in a book from a crook

His verse isn't too spectacular, but solid. This is a real short track, as Daz closes it, by again repping Death Row. A nice little outro, nothing special though.
Rap-wise, this track isn't too extraordinary, but the beat is so good that it still gets a 4.75/5



13. Doctor's Office - Again a Skit, this time its in the Doctor's office, and some girl wants to see him, but he is already "seeing" another patient (female). Nothing special again, no rating needed.



14. Stranded On Deathrow - Bushwick Bill does the intro of this track, he just talk a little bit and leads the way for KURUPT to start off the track. I first am gonna comment on the beat, and then the verses.
Its pretty fast, and perfect for rappers like Kurupt to flow on. Dre samples B T Express' "If it Don't Turn You on (You Outta Leave it Alone)" from 1974 and Isaac Hayes' Do Your Thing" from 1973. There is nothing more to say on the beat, its simply dope.
Now Kurupt starts off his verse with the announcement "Stranded on Deathrow" and what follows, is one of best, and flow wise one of the most impressive verses ever. He raps real fast and flows, flows and flows. He has some crazy tongue-twisters there. His verse is simply crazy! "I'm murderin niggaz, yo, and maybe because of the tone, I kicks when I grip the mic and kick shit niggaz can't fuck with". Or parts like "I'm stackin and mackin and packin a ten so, When you're slippin, I slip the clip in, but ain't no set-tripppin". My favorite verse of this album, and one of my favorite verses ever. Kurupt alone makes this track a memorable classic. 
But there are still more people to follow up!
RBX grabs the mic and this time spits alot faster and better. 

No extensions, all attempts are to fail
Blinded by the light, it's time you learn braile

He rips the mic and although he cannot touch Kurupt's part, he shows that he is a not-to-be-fucked-with MC and that he has real skills. The Narrator at it once again.
But guess who steps up to the mic now? The Lady Of Rage! As always, she raps fast, and her flow is flawless. She has some tight lines like:

Rage, lyrical murderer; "Stranded on Death Row"
And now I'm servin a - lifetime sentence
There'll be no repentence
Since it's the life that I choose to lead I plead guilty

Again, she cannot top Kurupt, but her verse is tight and lets everybody know she is on top of her game!
But now comes the one we've been all waiting' for! Snoop Doggy Dogg! There's just another feeling' when he grabs the mic. Damn those were the days. Snoops flow was absolutely superb. He was hungry and rapped like none other. His style is very different than for example Kurupts, but they are perfect together on a track!

Shootin at the hoes with the game that I got
Sent to Death Row cause I wanted to make a grip from servin my rocks
And I'm still, servin for mines, peace
to my motherfuckin homies doin time

Bushwick Bill ends the track, and teaches everybody a little lesson: There's three types of people in the world: Those who don't know what happened, Those who wonder what happened, And people like us from the streets that MAKE things happen!
What a track! 5/5



15. The Roach (Chronic Outro) - The outro of the album. Its all based on the sample of the track "P-Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up" by George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and the P-Funk Family. Its RBX talking bout the Chronic, smokin', gettin fucked up. A nice ending to the album, doesn't require a rating though.



16. Bitches Ain't Shit (Hidden Track) - This hidden track has a very simple message:

Bitches ain't shit but hoes and tricks
Lick on deez nutz and suck the dick
Get's the fuck out after you're done
And I hops in my ride to make a quick run...

The beat is very funky and makes you bob your head. Dre samples Funkadelic's "Adolescent Funk". The drums are the most important part of the production and combined with the deep bass, they are a deadly combination and make outta this beat the masterpiece it is.
Dre starts the track and dedicates his verse to Eazy-E, and disses him directly in his first line: "I Used To Know A Bitch Named Eric Wright". He kind of tells the story of their relationship. How they were tight in the beginning, and since the money was right, he didn't give a fuck what Eazy was doin. He disses him for hanging with Jerry Heller, his (white) manager. A very dope verse by Dre and then he passes the Mic over to Daz, who drops a short a verse. Daz's delivery is real tight and you wish he would rap some more when he passes the mic to his Dogg Pound homies Kurupt. This time The Kingpin is more calm, but as dedicated as before. His verse is pretty short too, as tight as Daz's.
But now comes the highlight of the track, Snoop Doggy Dogg! His verse is an amazing piece of storytelling. This is seriously incredible. I can't really quote anything because I'd have to quote his hole verse. He tells the story of himself, fallen' in love with some girl. And when he had to go to jail, she was cheating' on him. When he gets out he wants to fuck her up, but then he sees her fuckin' his cousin Daz. And that's when he realizes that Bitches Ain't Shit.
Jewell closes the track with some nice singing' and a tight verse.
Wow. 5/5



Ok, I guess now its clear why this album is one of the greatest album ever, and in eyes of many, THE GOAT. 
Of course, the album gets its well deserved 10/10. The Chronic is an undeniable classic, which opened the way for a lot of young cats from the ghetto to become big in the rap game. Plus it introduced a whole new sound to the streets, the G-Funk, which would be used like crazy from then on.
There is nothing more to say about this album. I hope you enjoyed reading this review. Peace

5/5

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