Nearly 30 years after it was first released, Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut solo album The Chronic has been inducted into the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.
On Wednesday, Dr. Dre made history as the The Chronic was chosen as one of 25 recordings viewed as “aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage,” according to the Library of Congress.
After reviewing over 800 nominations, the LOC found The Chronic to be a worthy fit as it's "considered one of the most important and influential albums of the 1990s and is regarded by many fans and peers to be the most well-produced hip-hop album of all time."
Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You,” Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” and Fred Rogers' Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ were a few other notable selections.
(You think anybody from the Library of Congress will be turning up at a summer neighborhood cookout like the one Dre and Snoop Dogg hit in the video for “Nuthin’ But a G Thang"? 😂)
“The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape. It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time,” Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden said. “We received over 800 nominations this year for culturally, historically or aesthetically significant recordings to add to the registry. As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture.”
2020 has been a big year for Dr. Dre. Prior to this latest achievement, the 55-year-old producer was honored by the Grammys for his musical legacy.
Also, did you know you can submit nominations to the National Recording Registry? Need to throw Lil Uzi Vert's name into the mix fasho. 🛸