The good doctor is 48 today!
It’s crazy to think, especially since it seems like just yesterday that we grew up with The Chronic. Growing up on the West Coast, that album was one of the first Hip-Hop albums that ever graced our ears and made such an impact as a kid. Although we weren’t in Los Angeles during the riots, the project still resonated as the soundtrack to California for years to come. You couldn’t escape the Dre tracks from bumping out of car speakers down the street, as all the OG’s kept the album in heavy rotation.
By the time 2001 was released in 1999, we were already well versed in The Chronic and still remember being one of the first to cop the album the day it dropped. Eminem’s involvement on the album also had us hype, as his buzz was still growing at that time. At a deep 23 tracks, every song flowed into each other and remarkably didn’t have any fillers. Unfortunately, our 2001 CD was stolen from our CD case years later by some punks (shout out to the bright green marijuana leaf on the actual disc), which we still miss to this day.
So today, as you go about your day, be sure to play a Dr. Dre track or two (or a whole album) and put one in the air for one of the greatest producers of all time.
Peep some of his classic tracks after the jump. Happy birthday Dr. Dre!