So much has been written about The Chronic that trying to say something new about it ain’t easy. Perhaps the most significant thing about Dr. Dre‘s first “solo” album after the break-up of N.W.A — aside from the outstanding music — is its impact. The LP turned then new jack Snoop Doggy Dogg into a star and introduced talent like the Dogg Pound and Lady of Rage. Dis records had existed long before, of course, but the beef with Eazy-E addressed on songs like “Fuck Wit’ Dre Day” was probably the first rap battle people outside of hip-hop paid attention to due to the video’s popularity on MTV. The Chronic took Cypress Hill’s endorsement of marijuana one step further into the square households of America, schooling herbs on slang for weed they’d never heard before. (And it probably turned a few herbs into wannabe gangstas, too.)
One of the most impressive achievements of The Chronic was that it established Death Row Records (which Dre had hoped would be become the next Motown) as a major creative and financial force almost overnight. That the label crumbled, however, is not why we’re here. Nope. Tomorrow – Saturday, December 15th – The Chronic turns 20-years-old and e’rybody’s celebrating. Here we present – with a major assist from our friends at UpNorthTrips – 10 DR. DRE VIDEOS FROM THE CHRONIC ERA THAT YOU MUST SEE…
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The Chronic Christmas Commercials.
Kissing a hot girl under Chronic mistletoe is the motherfuckin’ Doctor’s way of wishing you and yours a happy holiday season. (Now where can we buy Christmas trees made out of weed?)
(Props to DeathRowChannel for the upload)
Dr Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg Pool Party on Yo! MTV Raps.
Dre insists to Fab Five Freddy that this ain’t a pool party but just another day in a Young man’s life filled with barbeques and hot babes taking a dip. One telling Dre quote from this interview: “I’ll spend as long as it takes to get the sound that I want.” Tell us about it. His last album wasn’t Detox.
(Props to deejayedyk for the upload)
Dr. Dre Wins Favorite Hip Hop Artist at 1994 American Music Awards.
TLC (R.I.P. Left Eye) presents the AMA award to Dre who is interrupted ODB style by Snoop Doggy Dogg/ Snoop Lion/ Snoop Black Panther, who you might notice, is rockin’ a GIANT ‘fro.
(Props to AwardsShowNetwork for the upload)
Post Show Interview with Dr. Dre at the 1993 MTV Music Video Awards.
Dre talks about working with the great George Clinton and hitting the road with the Death Row Inmates, Run-DMC, Onyx and female gangsta rapper Bo$$ for The Chronic Tour. Definitely worth watching just to see Kurt Loder ask, “Can you tell us more about The Bo$$?”
(Props to OldSchoolVHS for the upload)
Dr. Dre. St. Ides Commercial.
Ain’t nuthin’ but girls in a Lo-Lo turning into a Crooked I bottle. It must be the brew that we was sippin’.
(Props to 1973eazyme for the upload)
Dr. Dre & Snoop In Times Square, NYC.
Dr. Dre interview with Abbie Kearse for MTV News, in which he says he’s doing a compilation album called 90221 (that’s the zip code for the C-P-T, loc).
(Props to SPIRTHTRONPU for the upload)
Death Row Records Soul Train Awards After Party.
The whole gang’s here celebratin’: Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, Lady of Rage… and major party pooper Suge. Everyone looks faded beyond belief. Probably trying to forget that Suge is there.
(Props to classicraptv for the upload)
Dr. Dre Birthday Party on Yo! MTV Raps (1993).
It gets so hot in the house, the interview has to move outside.
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Dr. Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg Perform "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang" Live (1992).
Dre and Snoop make their G-Funk the P-Funk in this memorable MTV performance.
(Props to illyona1 for the upload)
"Puffin' On Blunts And Drankin' Tanqueray" (Music Video).
Previously unreleased clip from the Death Row vaults for the bangin’ B-side.
(Props to DeathRowChannel for the upload)
BONUS: Dr. Dre & Tupac Interviewed by Bill Bellamy.
Not Chronic era, we know, but we couldn’t resist. Fast forward a few years to 1996 and All Eyez On Me is set to drop. Pac talks about working with Dre for the first time.
(Props to Makaveli Ressurection for the upload)