Its like this and like that and like this: The Chronic, Dr. Dres seminal album and solo debut, that G-funk masterpiece responsible for redefining West Coast rap, will make its streaming debut on Apple Music on Tuesday, June 30 at 8 a.m. PST, according to Rolling Stone. Dres LP is an exclusive acquisition for the digital service, though its not a surprising oneconsidering Apple bought Beats Electronics for $3 billion in August of 2014, it makes sense that Dre (who will be hosting a radio show on Beats 1, the free Internet-based radio station and cornerstone of Apple Music) would bequeath streaming rights to the tech titan. Up until now, the album hasnt appeared on Spotify, iTunes, or elsewhere, a circumstance often attributed to a 2011 legal battle over who owned the albums digital rights. Despite winning a lawsuit for those rights against his former label, Death Row Records, Dre has since kept the album to himself (it wasnt even released on his own platform, Beats Music, when it launched last year). But thats all about to change.
To get you ready for imminent repeat listenings, here are three things you may not have known about The Chronic.