Dr Dre’s The Chronic Gets Inducted Into The Library of Congress

By on March 25, 2020
On Wednesday (March 25), the Library of Congress announced Dre’s debut solo album, The Chronic, was inducted into their National Recording Register alongside albums from Selena, the Village People, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston, among others.


“The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said. “It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time. We received over 800 nominations this year for culturally, historically or aesthetically significant recordings to add to the registry.”

Hayden added, “As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture.”

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The Chronic arrived in 1992 via Death Row Records and was distributed by Interscope. It marked Dre’s first solo album since parting ways with N.W.A and Ruthless Records. The project peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and was ultimately certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

Singles include “Let Me Ride,” “Nuthin But A G Thang” featuring Snoop Dogg and “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” The album heavily borrows from George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic.

Established in 2000, the registry is intended to designate recordings that are “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old

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