Today We Mark The Anniversary of Dre’ 2001 Chronic album released 17 years ago. 2001 is the second studio album by Los Angeles rapper and producer Dr. Dre. It was released on November 16, 1999, by Interscope Records as the follow-up to his 1992 debut album The Chronic.
The record was produced primarily by Dr. Dre and Mel-Man, as well as Lord Finesse, and features several guest contributions from fellow American rappers such as The D.O.C., Hittman, Snoop Dogg, Kurupt, Xzibit, Nate Dogg, and Eminem. 2001 exhibits an expansion on his debut’s G-funk sound and contains gangsta rap themes such as violence, promiscuity, drug use, street gangs, and crime.
The album debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 516,000 copies in its first week. It produced three singles that attained chart success and has been certified sextuple platinum in sales by the RIAA; as of August 2015 the album has sold 7,800,000 copies in the United States. 2001 received mostly positive reviews from critics, many of whom praised the music although some found the lyrics objectionable.
Three singles were released from the album: “Still D.R.E.”, “Forgot About Dre” and “The Next Episode”. Other tracks “Fuck You”, “Let’s Get High”, “What’s the Difference” and “Xxplosive” were not officially released as singles but received some radio airplay which resulted in them charting in the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. “Still D.R.E.” was released as the lead single in October 1999. It peaked at number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, number 32 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks and reached number 11 on the Hot Rap Singles. It reached number six on the UK single charts in March 2000.The song was nominated at the 2000 Grammy Awards for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, but lost to The Roots and Erykah Badu’s “You Got Me”.