Dr. Dre, 'The Chronic' At 20
Twenty years ago today, Dr. Dre changed hip-hop with "The Chronic." Billboard contributor Thomas Golianopoulous takes a look back at every song on the rapper's classic debut.
Andre " Dr. Dre" Young was in a tough spot when he started recording his debut album, The Chronic, in June 1992. Former N.W.A. cohort Ice Cube had ridiculed the 27-year-old rapper and producer on the brutal diss track, "No Vaseline" and Dre soon left the revolutionary group following a financial dispute with Eazy-E and Ruthless Records co-founder and CEO Jerry Heller. Released from his contract, he signed to Death Row Records, an unknown entity in the industry. And then there was also the stench of his attack on TV host Dee Barnes; Dre pled no contest to assault and received two years probation. Around that time, he posed on the cover of The Source magazine holding a gun to his head. But things started turning around for Dre when The Chronic was released on December 15, 1992.