Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg share contrasting origins of ‘The Chronic’ idea


The album helped cement both icons' careers

and reveal the root of which the idea of the latter's classic album, The Chronic, was born. However, the two legends' accounts differ.

“My first time smoking weed,” Dre explained during their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday (March 19). “I was in the car in my driveway and I think we were halfway though the album, and there was a female […] It's my first time smoking weed, y'know, and I asked what it was and that's what she told me and boom — here we are.”

Snoop went on to share his own account of what inspired the 1992 album. “Well, let me tell you my story,” the Doggfather began. “Me and my homies was in Long Beach, right, and it was a white guy that used to come through the apartments and bring us bud, and he had ‘hydroponic.'

“But we smoked it and started saying ‘hydrochronic' and flipped it, and then that's when we started saying, ‘Oh this weed is bomb — it's the chronic,' and Dre's album was so bomb, it only was right for [us] to call it The Chronic.”

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