Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” Designated an “Aural Treasure” by the US Government
The US Library of Congress will also preserve music by Mr. Rogers, Tina Turner, and Village People as important pieces of the “nation's recorded sound heritage."
Published on March 27, 2020

Yesterday was officially Fuck Wit Dre Day, and everybody’s celebrating. 

Dr. Dre’s iconic weed-rap masterpiece The Chronic will be preserved by the federal government as an “aural treasure” alongside other recordings by Mr. Rogers, Tina Turner, and Village People. 

On Thursday, the US Library of Congress, America’s most pristine historical archive, announced that the albums would be added to the National Recording Registry. Since 2000, the registry annually catalogs 25 American-made recordings for historical preservation. The library dubbed this year’s list “The Ultimate Stay-at-Home Playlist” due to nationwide quarantines triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.

While most of this year’s National Recording Registry entries come from classical, operatic, or Broadway recordings, Dr. Dre’s The Chronic is certainly the most surprising. Considered one of the greatest gangsta rap albums of all time, The Chronic didn’t just make Dr. Dre a household name — it also served as the legendary debut for yours truly, Snoop Dogg, who provided vocals or verses for 11 of the album’s 16 tracks.

Ironically, when Dr. Dre first started performing with NWA, the FBI put the West Coast gangsta rap ensemble in its cross-hairs. A letter from the then-FBI director to Ruthless Records, NWA’s label, denounced the group and its track “Fuck Tha Police” for promoting cop-killing. Police departments across the US refused to provide security for NWA’s concerts. Even President George H.W. Bush got involved by slamming gangsta rap for promoting drug use and violence in a nationally televised speech. 

Other groundbreaking works added to the registry this year include Fred Rogers’s Mister Rogers Sings 21 Favorite Songs From “Mister Rogers' Neighborhood”; Tina Turner’s Private Dancer, and the Village People single “YMCA.” The US Library of Congress archives numerous works, including novels, films, and academic texts, deemed historically important to America’s cultural identity. 

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Based in Denver, Randy studied cannabinoid science while getting a degree in molecular biology at the University of Colorado. When not writing about cannabis, science, politics, or LGBT issues, they can be found exploring nature somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. Catch Randy on Twitter and Instagram @randieseljay
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