The album is named after a slang term for high-grade cannabis, and its cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. Dre's first solo album after he had departed from hip hop group N. A and its label Ruthless Records over a financial dispute. Although a solo album, it features many appearances by Snoop Dogg, who used the album as a launch pad for his own solo career.
On The Chronic, he included both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N. The Chronic peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and had been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with sales of 5.7 million copies in the United States, Dr.
By mixing these early influences with original live instrumentation, a distinctive genre known as G-funk was created.
The album's lyrics caused some controversy, as the subject matter included sexism and violent representations. A members were addressed on the album; Eazy-E and Ice Cube were dissed on the second single "Fuck Wit Dre Day", while MC Ren however was shouted out on the album's intro. Dre's dissing of former bandmate, Eazy-E, resulted in vicious lyrics, which were mainly aimed at offending his enemy with homosexual implications, although it was noted to have "a spirited cleverness in the phrasing and rhymes; in other words, the song is offensive, but it's creatively offensive".
It's the benchmark you measure your album against if you're serious." Jon Pareles of The New York Times described the production, writing "The bottom register is swampy synthesizer bass lines that openly emulate Parliament-Funkadelic; the upper end is often a lone keyboard line, whistling or blipping incessantly.
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The production on The Chronic was seen as innovative and ground-breaking, and received universal acclaim from critics. Dre's efforts, "Here, Dre established his patented G-funk sound: fat, blunted Parliament-Funkadelic beats, soulful backing vocals, and live instruments in the rolling basslines and whiny synths" In Rolling Stone's The Immortals – The Greatest Artists of All Time, where Dr.
Dre was listed at number 56, Kanye West wrote on the album's production quality: "The Chronic is still the hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life.