Back in 2020, Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” was archived in the Library of Congress, as previously reported by AFROTECH.
The Library of Congress selected the mogul’s 1992 debut studio album as one of the 25 “aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”
While “The Chronic” is marked as a trailblazing moment in music history, it initially wasn’t in Dr. Dre’s vision.
During an interview on Kevin Hart’s “Hart to Heart,” he revealed what led to the start of making the album.
“A close friend of mine, we’ll call him D.O.C., talked me into doing ‘The Chronic’ album,” Dr. Dre recounted to Hart. “It wasn’t my decision, I was talked into doing that. I just went in there and went for it because I felt, at that time, it was a life or death situation.”
The “close friend” involved in Dr. Dre’s pivotal time in his career was Warren G, his stepbrother. In an interview with “Drink Champs,” the “Regulate” rapper recalled how several of the skits included on the album, such as “Deeez Nuuuts” were his own ideas and he says they were “organic.”
“I had a great time just doing ‘The Chronic’ with [Dr. Dre] and I actually taught [Dat N—a] Daz from him and 187 teaching me to me teaching Daz and Daz also helping out with us on ‘The Chronic.’ And Chris ‘The Glove’ [Taylor]…That s—t was amazing.”
Warren G emphasized that working closely with Dr. Dre in the studio as a co-producer on “The Chronic” was a great experience. However, it was also a learning lesson for him regarding the music business.
“My only thing is I wish I was more business-minded back then…My thing was, like I said, the show the love back to him as far as teaching me,” he said. “You taught me as a pup and this is the reward for you teaching me by me and my homeboys coming back, putting this record together for you.”
He added, “I just wish I would’ve knew about publishing back then ‘cause that would be lovely right now.”
Although Warren G played a role in what “The Chronic” came to be, he confirmed that he didn’t receive publishing nor any credits.
“I didn’t get s—t. I didn’t get no credits. Snoop [Dogg] gave me some credit. Snoop said my name on ‘Stranded on Death Row.’”
While he didn’t get anything in return, he shared that there was no bad blood, then or now.
“I wasn’t tripping. I was there for Dre,” Warren G said. “You know, helping Dre.”
Following the release of “The Chronic,” Warren G went on to release his own debut studio album, “Regulate… G Funk Era,” in 1994. The album went on to become three-times platinum and he released five more albums after its success, per HipHopDX.