The Chronic
The Chronic
Studio album by Dr. Dre


15 December 1992


June 1992


Death Row Studios and Bernie Grundman Mastering (Los Angeles, California)


Hip hop, West Coast hip hop, G-Funk




Death Row, Interscope, Priority


Dr. Dre, Suge Knight (exec.)

Dr. Dre chronology


2001 (1999)

The Chronic is the debut solo album by American hip hop musician Dr. Dre, released in 1992 on Death Row Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood. The album is named after a slang term for high-grade marijuana, and its cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. It was recorded by Dr. Dre following his departure from gangsta rap group N.W.A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute, and consequently features both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A-member Eazy-E. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career.

Upon its release, The Chronic received positive reviews from most music critics and earned considerable sales success. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and had been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America ith sales of over three million copies in the United States, which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. Dr. Dre's production has been noted for founding and popularising the G-funk subgenre within gangsta rap. The Chronic has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s, and is regarded by many fans to be one of the most well-produced hip hop albums of all time.

Track listingEdit

All songs produced by Dr. Dre.

No. Title Performer(s) Writer(s) Time
1. "The Chronic (Intro)" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg Broadus, Wolfe, Young 1:57
2. "Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin')" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, RBX, Jewell Broadus, Wolfe, Young 4:52
3. "Let Me Ride" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg Broadus, Collins 4:21
4. "The Day the Niggaz Took Over" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, RBX, Dat Nigga Daz Arnaud, Broadus, Collins, Young 4:33
5. "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg Broadus 3:58
6. "Deeez Nuuuts" Dr. Dre, Warren G, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Nate Dogg Arnaud, Broadus, Hale, Wolfe, Young 5:06
7. "Lil' Ghetto Boy" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz Broadus, Curry 5:27
8. "A Nigga Witta Gun" Dr. Dre Broadus, Curry 3:53
9. "Rat-Tat-Tat-Tat" Dr. Dre, RBX, Snoop Dogg, BJ Broadus, Young 3:48
10. "The $20 Sack Pyramid (Skit)" - Broadus, Curry, Young 2:53
11. "Lyrical Gangbang" The Lady of Rage, Kurupt, RBX Allen, Broadus, Brown, Collins, Curry, Young, 4:04
12. "High Powered" Dr. Dre, The Lady of Rage, RBX, Dat Nigga Daz Collins, Wolfe, Young 2:44
13. "The Doctor's Office" - Allen, Caples, Lewis, Young 1:04
14. "Stranded on Death Row" Bushwick Bill, Kurupt, RBX, The Lady of Rage, Snoop Dogg Allen, Broadus, Brown, Collins 4:47
15. "The Roach (The Chronic Outro)" RBX, Emmage, Ruben, Dat Nigga Daz, The Lady of Rage, Jewell Allen, Arnaud, Collins 4:36
16. "Bitches Ain't Shit" Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt, Jewell Arnaud, Broadus, Brown, Curry, Wolfe, Young 4:48


  • Keyboards performed by Dr. Dre, Colin Wolfe and Justin Reinhardt.
  • Bass guitar and bass keyboard performed by Colin Wolfe.
  • Guitar performed by Eric (The Drunk) Borders and Chris Clairmont.
  • Flute and sax performed by Katisse Buckingham.
  • Track 15 features drums performed by Cheron Moore.

Certifications Edit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI) Gold 265,000
United States (RIAA) 6x Platinum 6,000,000
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