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''The Chronic'' is the debut album of American hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre, released December 15, 1992 on his former own label, Death Row Records, and distributed by Priority Records. Recording sessions for the album took place in June 1992 at Death Row Studios in Los Angeles, California and at Bernie Grundman Mastering in Hollywood, California. The album was named after a slang term for high-grade marijuana. The album cover is a homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. ''The Chronic'' was recorded by Dr. Dre following his departure from N.W.A and Ruthless Records over a financial dispute, and consequently featured both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A group member, Eazy-E.
Upon release, ''The Chronic'' received generally positive reviews from music critics and earned considerable sales success. The album peaked at number three on the ''Billboard'' 200 and has sold over three million copies, which led to Dr. Dre becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. Dr. Dre's production has been noted for founding and popularizing the G-funk sub-genre within gangsta rap. ''The Chronic'' has been widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and regarded by many fans and peers to be the most well-produced hip hop album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 137 on ''Rolling Stone'' magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. - Wikipedia