Music mogul JAY-Z can’t help but win in everything he does. The hip-hop superstar’s popular TIDAL streaming service is set to secure rap icon Dr. Dre‘s The Chronic album on its platform ahead of a global 4/20 premiere.
According to TIDAL, the plan is for the Doc’s legendary LP to arrive on April 19. The hip-hop classic will premiere on JAY’s digital giant at least a day ahead of its competition.
4/20 is starting early on TIDAL with the platform’s advance release of Dr. Dre’s iconic debut album, The Chronic. On Sunday, April 19th the global music and entertainment streaming platform will introduce Dr. Dre’s legendary 1992 album in the highest audio quality available. Beginning on Sunday at 12am ET, fans can stream The Chronic at TIDAL.com/DrDre. In this monumental drop, TIDAL will share some of the most revered bars and beats in hip-hop history in master quality audio (MQA). Users can listen to “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang”and “Let Me Ride,” in the way Dr. Dre intended. (TIDAL)
It doesn’t end there. TIDAL is also going to share a story about the project’s greatness and impact on the music biz.
In addition, on April 19th at 9am ET, TIDAL will publish an article in its digital magazine Read, that focuses on the landmark album’s place in hip-hop history. With social distancing guidelines set in place, users can stay at home and cast all music videos from Dr. Dre’s freshman record straight to their big screens via Airplay, Chromecast, Roku, Vizio, Apple TV, Fire TV, Samsung TV, and Android TV. Members can also kickback to sounds influenced by The Chronic’s West Coast contributors Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, and Daz Dillinger, with playlists like G-Funk 101, Produced by Dr. Dre,Snoop Dogg Guest Verses, Nate Dogg Essentials. (TIDAL)
Wait, There’s More
A few days ago, record label eOne announced a wait for Chronic to hit every streaming platform would soon end. Plans had the LP set to premiere everywhere on national smoke day, April 20.
Chris Taylor, eOne’s Global President, Music & Live, says, “Fans now have another reason to celebrate on what has become a national holiday, celebrating all things cannabis-related – where legally allowed and in moderation of course. Working with the Death Row catalogue is like working with the legendary recordings of Elvis, Chuck Berry and the Beatles. These historic artifacts should be heard by all music lovers and we are so happy Dr. Dre has opened this door so everyone can experience the brilliance of this seminal work.”
Before You Go
Dr Dre’s The Chronic album is considered one of the all-time best hip-hop albums ever released. Its already nearing its 30-year-anniversary since coming out.
The Chronic was released 28 years ago, in December 1992, on Death Row Records and is widely considered by both critics and fans to be one of the greatest albums of all time. The album redefined West Coast rap, and introduced the world to Snoop Dogg, Daz Dillinger, Kurupt, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Lady of Rage, D.O.C, RBX, and others. The Chronic was also recently selected as one of only 25 recordings to be inducted into the National Recording Registry this year. The inductees were selected by Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden and showcase the cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the U.S.’ recorded sound heritage.