Very few to nobody has accomplished what Dr. Dre has accomplished. For starters, he was a DJ that dropped an album in 1992 with actual rapping verses on it. He also came with back to back classic albums with his second effort The Chronic 2001 that literally came about 8 years after the original The Chronic. To spend that much time in-between albums, have little to no drop off and actually produce another classic is unheard of.
With this project, he got a hold of some of the artists that were on the original Chronic while infusing some newer acts on there from the likes of Eminem, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and Devin The Dude. For many people, this was the introduction to these legendary emcees. It was also rumored that detroit legend Royce Da 5’9 wrote a few verses on this album for Dre.
The album in my opinion was highlighted by verses from Eminem on “Forgot About Dre” and Snoop Dogg on “Still Dre”. It was amazing to hear Snoop Dogg and Dre collab on another song for The Chronic series as it was so successful on the last one. It was also a breath of fresh air having a relatively unknown Eminem at the time get on a track and really body it.
Of course though it may raise questions why the album is titled Chronic 2001 but dropped in ’99. Well that’s because when Suge Knight caught wind that Dre was going to release his second LP and title it Chronic 2000, Suge went ahead and put an album out under that title forcing Dre to improvise. I think it’s safe to say Dre got the better of this matchup because I don’t think anybody remembers The Chronic 2000.
With that being said, happy 18th birthday to The Chronic 2001!