The Chronic had Dr. Dre's name on the marquee, but it was really a crew album, with multiple contributions from Snoop, Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage, RBX and others. They were introduced on the album and then launched their own solo careers, and now-familliar path to rap tardom. The Chronic paved the way for another classic crew LP, Enter the Wu-Tang: 36 Chambers, and set an impossibly high bar for the group albums that followed, such as Maybach Music Group's Self Made series. Crews like Ruff Ryders and Roc-A-Fella became the standard. Rappers have always had posses and entourages, but after The Chronic, they couldn't just be contraband carriers and security—they had to have talent.
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