The Chronic, which is widely regarded as one of the most influential hip-hop albums of all time, was Dr. Dre‘s debut solo album, released on December 15, 1992. The landmark album is best known for its definitive introduction of G-funk into the Hip-Hop lexicon. It introduced Snoop Dogg as an up-and-coming superstar and cemented Dre’s legacy as a producer, ultimately changing hip-hop music. In light of the anniversary of Dr. Dre’s hit single “Fuck Wit Dre Day,” which was released on May 20th, 1993, the “The Chronic Masters” collection (announced this past Saturday, May 20th) includes collectibles and fine art pieces via microsite interscope.com/TheChronicMasters. All items will be available for sale on June 1st, 2023, at 12pm PST / 3PM EST.
The Chronic is the solo debut studio album from icon, Grammy-winner, hip-hop artist, and producer Dr. Dre. It was first released on December 15, 1992, and distributed by Interscope Records under his record label Death Row Records. For its 30th anniversary this year, the album was re-released and returned to streaming services after nearly a year away. Dre called the opportunity to work with Interscope to re-release the album and make it available to fans around the world “a full circle moment for me.”
“The Chronic Masters” Collection Drop One includes:
- Three premium Session Tapes 24”x24” fine-art print offerings, with only 213 hand-numbered units available of each at $150 USD. Each premium print purchase includes a certificate of authenticity.Print 1 features: NUTHIN’ BUT A “G” THANG, RAT-TAT-TAT-TAT & FUCK WIT DRE DAY, Print 2 features: LET ME RIDE, LIL GHETTO BOY & THE CHRONIC, Print 3 features: BITCHES AIN’T SHIT
- The Session Tapes 1:1 Replica Set which includes all three session boxes with only 213 units available at $500 USD. Features five-sided archival UV-cured prints on varnished HD aluminum panels and come ready to hang.
- The Session Tapes Oversized Replicas with only 30 units available at $500 USD each. These 24”x24” oversized pieces feature five-sided archival UV-cured prints on varnished HD aluminum panels and come ready to hang.
- Four limited edition skateboard decks with only 213 units available of each at $125 USD. The designs of the decks feature the session tapes and the fourth is the iconic album artwork
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 10 records with “Nuthin’ But a “G” Thang” (No. 2) featuring Snoop Dogg and “F— Wit Dre Day” (No. 8). Last June, Rolling Stone placed The Chronic on its 500 Greatest Albums of All-Time List, noting the album “redefined the West Coast Hip Hop sound.”
Jesse Cory and Dan Armand are the co-founders of Detroit-based 1XRUN and organizers of the world-renowned Murals in the Market Festival. Between the two of them are more than 30 years of combined experience running a limited-edition collectibles business and executing top-level brand collaborations with Polaroid, MTV, Shady Records, Universal Music Group, Bleacher Report, Complex, The Loyalist and many others.
Based in Los Angeles, Jeremy Deputat is a renowned photographer & creative director whose creative work has driven ad campaigns for Adidas, Red Bull, Beats by Dre, Playboy & Hennessy, among many others. His approach to visual arts is grounded in a deep respect for the creative process, and his images are characterized by a sense of honesty and authenticity that is rare in the world of commercial photography.
James Larese is an award-winning director based in LA & NYC. His extensive catalog includes over 300 music videos for top artists including Eminem, The Weeknd, Megan Thee Stallion, and Kanye West. In addition to music, he has directed & developed original content for networks including Disney, MTV, ESPN, HBO & brands including, Doritos, AT&T, Old Navy & Beats by Dre.