Record Label: Aftermath Entertainment
After the messy dissolution of Death Row Records, Dr. Dre found himself adrift in an unfamiliar world. By the mid '90s, the once formidable west coast hip-hop scene was fragmented and weakened by years of overindulgence. By the time 2001 emerged at the beginning of the new millennium, many still doubted that Dre was capable of creating anything that could rival the sheer majesty of his work with Death Row. The brashly titled and unapologetically confrontational 2001 laid those doubts to rest with a series of radio-ready singles that blended the crisp G-Funk of Dre's past with a newfound sense of symphonic grandeur.
The real gems here are a series of guest-laden album cuts—like “The Next Episode”—that find a veritable who’s who of Los Angeles rap royalty spitting fire over some of Dre’s sparest, fiercest beats. The Chronic 2001 is the equal of its illustrious predecessor in almost every respect; a hip-hop classic from one of the greatest producers to ever approach the boards.