20 Ways Dr. Dre's The Chronic Changed Music

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Real Rap Becomes Big Business

With 3 million records sold in America alone, The Chronic was one of the best-selling rap records to date, setting a new, higher bar in terms of the genre's commercial expectations. Though the Beastie Boys and crossover acts like MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice had previously sold more, this was the first time a raw gangsta rap record made such an impact on the charts. When Diddy laced the Notorious B.I.G. with a synthy, G-funk-influenced beat for "Big Poppa," it wasn't because they wanted to sound like Dr. Dre; they just wanted to sell like him.

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