Posted by Billyjam, November 19, 2009 02:00pm | Post a Comment
Dr. Dre The ChronicWhile the publicity blitz a couple of months back surrounding the remastered reissue of the Beatles' back catalog was certainly justified, it wasn't the only remastered reissue of classic music material to come out back in early September. In that same week Dr Dre's landmark debut solo 1992 album The Chronic was reissued in a new remastered and repackaged form.

Retitled The Chronic Re-Lit & From The Vaults and released by Wideawake/Death Row, the new reissue offers much more music -- over twice as much as the original! The new two disc set includes all of The Chronic’s original sixteen tracks remastered, plus liner notes from producer Quincy Jones III. More importantly, the new reissue includes a DVD entitled From The Vault, which features music videos for singles from The Chronic, a half hour Dr. Dre interview, plus various promotional pieces. The new package also includes seven unreleased songs featuring Snoop Dogg, CPO, Jewell, and Kurupt.

The Chronic, released in late '92, forever changed the direction of popular hip-hop and made Snoop Doggy Dogg (as he was then known) a star. It also propelled the careers of Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and (Dre's step-brother) Warren G. And its singles, including "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" (see video below), "Fuck wit Dre Day (and Everybody's Celebratin'),” and "Let Me Ride," Dr Dre were hits and ruled the airwaves for quite some time.

But before The Chronic was first released, not everyone expected the successful former N.W.A. member, who had already musically reinvented himself from electro-hop to gangsta rap, to garner even greater success than he had had with the notorious N.W.A.

But enjoy amazing success Dre ably did with this solo debut, which became not just a commercial success but, more importantly, for better or worse, changed the direction of  popular hip-hop from that point on. It distinctly marked an end to the genre's "golden age," which tended to be more positive and uplifting lyrically and made gangsta mainstream. It also helped make Death Row Records a brand to be reckoned with and cemented Dr. Dre's trademark production as the blueprint for the G-Funk sound.

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