On December 15, 1992, Hip-Hop legend Dr. Dre unveiled his first solo full-length album following his departure from Rap group N.W.A, a 16-track effort titled “The Chronic” in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the album’s release.
Dropped via Death Row Records and Interscope Records, the iconic album would go on to secure the then-rising rapper his first Grammy for “Best Rap Solo Performance” on the track “Let Me Ride,” in addition to a second nomination in the same category for “Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang.”
Beyond the initial acclaim surrounding its release, “The Chronic” was instrumental in establishing Dre as one of the leading rappers of the decade and popularized the bass and synth-heavy G-Funk sound. It also served as a launchpad for the music career of Snoop Dogg, who featured on three of the LP’s singles.
“I am thrilled to bring ‘The Chronic’ home to its original distribution partner, Interscope Records. Working alongside my longtime colleagues, Steve Berman and John Janick, to re-release the album and make it available to fans all over the world is a full circle moment for me,” Dre stated.
Interscope Geffen A&M vice chairman Berman said in a statement that “Dre’s solo career all started with the The Chronic one of the most celebrated recordings of all time,” adding that the rapper’s career has been groundbreaking.
In addition to the re-issued release of “The Chronic”, Interscope has debuted a merch collection commemorating the project’s momentous anniversary.