Dr Dre The Chronic album cover

Apple Music will exclusively stream ‘The Chronic,’ Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut studio album, Rolling Stone reported Monday. As a matter of fact, the seminal album will actually make its streaming debut when Apple Music launches tomorrow morning.

This is newsworthy because ‘The Chronic’ has not yet been available on digital platforms like the iTunes Store, Beats Music, Spotify or Rhapsody due to legal disputes regarding distribution rights.

In addition to signing hip-hop star Tupac Shakur, famed music producer Jimmy Iovine was also responsible for providing distribution, initial funding and financial oversight for the Death Row Records hip hop label, which operated as a subsidiary of Interscope and released Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’ album.

Following a lengthy legal battle, Dr. Dre has managed to snatch digital rights to his album back in 2011, with Dre’s former label Death Row Records holding the rights to physical sales.

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine co-founded Beats Electronics and Beats Music, with the former becoming hip-hop’s first-ever billionaire after Apple acquired the companies for $3 billion last year.

Another reclusive album to find its first digital home on Apple Music: Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’.

Dre back in 1999 sued Priority Records and Death Row over releasing an album titled ‘The Chronic 2000’ to avoid user confusion as he was not involved in that record in any capacity. His 1999 album titled ‘The Chronic 2001’ was later retitled simply 2001 in order to avoid confusion with the unauthorized release.

You can browse Dre’s collection on iTunes here.

What I’m eager to find out tomorrow is if Apple Music will stream AC/DC, Metallica and The Beatles.

Source: Rolling Stone

  • Loke1988

    Oh Apple you are doing such a fine job attracting the twenty something’s with your marketing for this music service with crap like the above. You must not care that you are turning guys like me that love real music completely off at the same time.

    • Fanboy 

      You do realize that you can select what type of music to listen to, right?

      • Paymon John Vafa

        Pirates don’t understand how interactive streaming services work. 😛

      • J. Rockwell


    • John Wickham

      You’re telling me there’s literally nothing on all of iTunes that you think is good?

      • Loke1988

        That would be naive to say the least. Its a matter of principle. They decided to align their brand with the whole Beats thing which I despise. All these people buying the same headphones that reportedly suck just because of some hip/fashion factor. That’s just not my thing and Im guessing a lot of guys my age feel the same way but as Ive said. We are not the majority that will buy Apple Music.

    • Chindavon

      The most profitable company in the WORLD has no idea what people want # hatersGONNAhate

      • Loke1988

        They are catering to people like you that put hashtags everywhere and tune into that crap. They’ll get your money just not mine.

    • Rupinder

      Just because you don’t like it doesn’t make it “crap”.

      • Loke1988

        I know crap when I hear it. Often Ill hear this type of crap from the car next to me who wants it everyone else to believe it doesn’t suck as well.

      • Rupinder


    • Blip dude

      Oh can it with this “Love real music” Bull****!!! that’s all in perspective of the listener themselves. There is good music and there is bad music, regardless of genre or time period, and that is a fact!!

      • Loke1988

        On actually your wrong. But your entitled to your opinion.

      • Blip dude

        Explain, no really explain!!!! And I’m not talking about this rap crap, or whatever BS that is in the radio today either. Explain how there isn’t good and bad music or Artist in any genre.

    • Eikast

      Sorry buddy but the world doesn’t revolve around you. Apple didn’t make Apple Music just for you. Listen to what you want and music is a preference. Some people may hate what you listen to.

      • Loke1988

        I know son, they made it for the younger generation that buys all the hip hop rap pop crap thats out there right now. Most of it is made with software on a laptop. Enjoy I say I’m just never buying in. RDIO is fine for me.

      • Loke1988

        Im just making a statement I could care less about your opinion.

    • MCTDynamic

      There’s this awesome invention, just like with cable channels, called CHOICES! Incredible huh?! If you do not like something, you have the option to choose something else! GENIUS I must say!


    I love The Chronic album!..

  • Chindavon

    Ain’t nuthin’ like an  thang baby

  • Bass Head


  • Indy

    Dre is not hip-hop’s first-ever billionaire. He made a lot of money from the Beats deal but after taxes he didn’t pass the billion dollar mark.

  • Gerardo Castro

    Damn that album bumps. I have it on the last 3 generations of media (Vinyl, CD Cassette) and Digitally.

  • f1ght3r

    I want revenge retaliation and get back by Daz. If Apple music has it, I’m for sure ditching spotify.

  • Mark Tesch

    NWA please.

  • This Guy

    It’s on Pandora though. Or it was at least.