Interscope Records is celebrating its legacy with the Interscope Vinyl Collective, a continuing subscription series of monthly limited-edition LPs, some of which will be new to the vinyl format. Each release will also be individually numbered and limited to 2,500 copies.
The Vinyl Collective debuts with a special edition of Dr. Dre’s self produced debut album The Chronic. The Chronic is an undisputed landmark recording that built upon the groundbreaking aesthetics of his legendary Compton group, N.W.A and jump-started Death Row Records.
The Chronic, and Dr. Dre’s visionary production, brought new superstars such as Snoop Dogg to the genre and featured a Who’s Who of West Coast rappers, namely the D.O.C., Warren G, Nate Dogg, Daz, and Kurupt. Tough and uncompromising, a sophisticated album with a game changing concept, The Chronic took the West Coast sound from a regional phenomena and made it global, selling more than six million copies.
First released on December 15, 1992, on Death Row Records/Interscope, The Chronic peaked at No.3 on the Billboard 200 and has spent 97 weeks on the chart since its release. The album also spawned three top 40 hits on the Hot 100, including top ten records with “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” (No.2) featuring Snoop Dogg, and “F__k Wit Dre Day” (No.8).
The Chronic topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart for eight weeks, while “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” hit No.1 for two weeks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Last June, Rolling Stone placed The Chronic on its 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time List, boasting how the album “redefined the West Coast Hip Hop sound.”
The album will be issued as the definitive two-LP set in a limited-edition black jacket and pressed on chronic-green vinyl. The Chronic will be followed by Obie Trice’s Cheers, releasing in November, and Juice WRLD’s Goodbye & Good Riddance, releasing in December.
Interscope Records, founded in 1990, subverted the musical landscape by introducing culture shaping artists across the full spectrum of contemporary music. From its inception, the label developed paradigm-defining performers and seminal music pioneers. Its roster includes Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, Lady Gaga, Dr. Dre, Juice WRLD, Selena Gomez, and Billie Eilish, to name only a few Interscope legends.