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The mythical album “The Chronic” by Dr.Dre, released in 1992, is back on streaming platforms.
MUSIC – The album The Chronic celebrates its 30th birthday and celebrates it in the best possible way. Dr.Dre’s first solo opus is available again on the various streaming platforms since February 1, 2023.
The album had disappeared in March 2022 from the main streaming services after Snoop Dog bought out the catalog of the label Death Row Records. Snoop Dogg’s first album, Doggystyle had also been removed from streaming platforms at the time, but it did not return on Wednesday.
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— Spotify France (@spotifyfrance)
The good news doesn’t end there for Dr.Dre enthusiasts: The Chronic will also be reissued on vinyl, cassette and CD formats. If this reissue is available for pre-order, fans will have to wait until April 21 to be able to pick up a copy. Classic of American rap, the album was almost impossible to find in physical version, if not at huge prices.
“The end of a loop”
According to the magazine Varietythe return of The Chronic is the fruit of recent $200 million+ deal between Dr.Dre, Universal Music Group and Shamrock ». « I’m thrilled to bring The Chronic back to its original distribution partner, Interscope Records. To work […] to re-release the album and make it available to fans around the world is the end of a cycle for me. “confided the rapper to the American magazine.
As soon as it was released, The Chronic took third place in the Billboard, the US best-selling album chart. He did not leave this ranking for 97 weeks. With titles like F— Wit Dre Day or Nuthin’ but a ’G’, The Chronic is certified triple platinum in the United States.
In 1998, Dr. Dre’s debut album was ranked among the 100 best rap albums in history by the magazine The Source. According Rolling Stone, The Chronic ranks 138th in the ” 500 greatest albums of all time » and in second place of « 100 best albums of the 1990s “, just behind Nevermind (1991) by Nirvana.
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