The Chronic is the solo debut studio album of hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre, released December 15, 1992 on his former own label, Death Row Records, and distributed by Priority Records. The album was named after a slang term for high-grade marijuana. The album cover is an homage to Zig-Zag rolling papers. The Chronic was recorded by Dr. Dre following his departure from N.W.A and Ruthless Records over a financial dispute, and consequently featured both subtle and direct insults at Ruthless and its owner, former N.W.A group member, Eazy-E.
Dr. Dre's production is noted for founding and popularizing the G-funk sub-genre within gangsta rap. The album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 and has sold over three million copies, which led to him becoming one of the top ten best-selling American performing artists of 1993. It is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and regarded by many fans and peers to be the most well-produced hip-hop album of all time