Dr Dre Chronic Review by Lucy Jones
The sonic power of 'The Chronic' puts it above other seminal rap records. This was the crowning of Dre as the “Godfather of G-Funk”. Recall 'Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang' or 'Let Me Ride'. Have you got that whiny, high-pitched line winding around your head? The sliding sine wave synth along with slow, hypnotic beats, deep and heavy bass and samples made up mostly from Parliament-Funkadelic define the album’s unique sound. ‘The Chronic’ took decades of funk and soul, slowed it down and hardened it up, recalibrating it into something completely new. Dre cut down on the amount of samples he used in N.W.A and recorded as much of them as possible with live instruments. If you listen to Leon Haywood's 'I Wanna Do Something Freaky To You' you can hear that it's been pitched differently and synthesised on Dre's ‘Nuthin’’. It lends the album a cohesive strength, audaciously stripping the excerpts from the past and bending them to his will. The Led Zeppelin sample - John Bonham's drums in ‘When The Levee Breaks’ – in ‘Lyrical GangBang’ is an example of sampling genius. Gil Scott-Heron, Bill Withers, James Brown and Malcolm McLaren were also used.
First and foremost, ‘The Chronic’ illustrates Dre's ability as a manager. He assembled a West Coast troupe featuring Snoop Dogg, Dogg Pound, his stepbrother Warren G, Lady of Rage, RBX, The D.O.C, Nate Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Suge Knight and Kurupt and got the best out of them. Retrospectively, it was an impressive role-call. Snoop Dogg went on to make ‘Doggystyle’, the best-selling debut of all time, a few years after his hypnotic drawl ran through 'The Chronic'. (Although it's Dre's solo record, the chemistry between them is crucial). Read more at http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/how-the-chronic-changed-hip-hop-forever#1rU7PFgsvfqA6C7a.99Dr Dre Chronic
Stripping the excerpts from the past and bending them to his will
Slow, hypnotic beats