During a sit-down between the producer and Angie Martinez on Monday (May 8) for Season 1, Episode 2 of Warner Music Group’s Iconic Records podcast series, he made the claims while breaking down Biggie‘s astronomical success with his first album, Ready To Die.
As he began naming artists that have made classic albums, Angie Martinez mentioned The Chronic which prompted him to discuss his viewpoint of it not being classic material.
“If you look at every album that you think is a classic album,” DJ Clark Kent began. “Like the real classics, the NWA’s, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg first album, A Tribe Called Quest joint, Slick Rick’s album… Chronic. I can’t even put The Chronic before I put Snoop Dogg’s [first] album. Snoop Dogg’s album is better than The Chronic. It definitely is. That’s not even a question.”
He continued: “What I’m saying is, if you take a second and listen to all of those albums, Reasonable Doubt, Life After Death, Ready To Die, they’re the same album. All of these albums do the same thing. They begin, they hold you in the middle, they hug you, and then they end. That’s what classic albums do.
“But you gotta have great songs that make that thing happen. If you don’t…. you’ll get one song that doesn’t hit properly, you done took yourself out of the classic thing because if you can skip, you ain’t got a a classic. That’s why I won’t say The Chronic is a classic. Because I can skip [‘High Powered’ featuring] RBX.”
Although the 55-year-old producer is on the fence about The Chronic, the album did boast timeless records such as “Let Me Ride,” “Bitches Ain’t Shit,” and “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang.”
In reference to Snoop Dogg‘s first album, Doggystyle, the West Coast rap icon recently announced that he and Dr. Dre will celebrate his debut album Doggystyle turning 30 this year with two concerts in Los Angeles.
The back-to-back shows will be held at the Hollywood Bowl on June 27 and 28, where the pair will be backed by the ReCollective Orchestra led by conductor Derrick Hodge.
Snoop and Dre — the latter of whom is billed as the “producer” of the shows — will also be joined by a host of yet-to-be-announced special guests.
It was also recently revealed that Snoop Dogg is releasing a new album produced by Dr. Dre. The project is called Missionary and was due to be finished in November last year, although it’s unclear how soon it will be released.