If you put a gun to my head and asked me for my favorite rap album of all-time, I’d have to go with Dr. Dre’s The Chronic. Dre’s debut studio album was released 24 years ago today, and it is still bangs like nobody’s business. For me, it’s the prototype for a classic, as it has everything that I’m looking for in a rap album. From top-notch production, to ruthless diss tracks, to songs that get the party stared, to deez nuts jokes, to lyrical wizardry, The Chronic has it all in spades.
And while The Chronic is Dr. Dre’s album, Snoop Dogg steals the show with an absurd amount of phenomenal features. Snoop’s credited with appearances on 11 of the album’s 16 tracks, and he announced his presence as a rap force to be reckoned with in each and every last one of them. He was like a pinch hitter who hit a goddamn grand slam every time he stepped up to the plate.
Because everybody loves power rankings, here are my top five songs from The Chronic in reverse order. If you don’t want to grab a 40 of malt liquor and a blunt after these tracks, you might as well become a priest.
5. “Let Me Ride”
4. “Bitches Ain’t Shit”
2. “F*ck wit Dre Day (And Everybody’s Celebratin’)”
1. “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”