DAR Hip Hop: The 6 Best Albums Produced By Dr. Dre

By @TrueGodImmortal

Dr. Dre is one of the greatest producers of all time. That much is known. His ability to cultivate tracks and make the listeners engaged is what has led him to be one of the most prolific producers in hip hop history. If you've had the pleasure of Dr. Dre producing on your record, your sound immediately improved by a mile. If you were lucky to get Dre to produce the majority or all of your project then even better. Today, that's what I'm here to discuss. The best albums produced by Dr. Dre. Because of the criteria, albums like Eminem's MMLP, The Game's Documentary, and 50's GRODT miss the list. However, you might be surprised at a choice or two here. Let's take a look. 

6. NWA- Niggaz4Life (1991)

-A very underrated album from N.W.A. is one of the better produced albums from Dre. Considered their second and final album, Dre gives the group an excellent soundscape that allows them to spit the gangsta rap lyrics and verses that we loved them for. Songs like the title track, "Appetite For Destruction", "Real Niggaz", and others make this a very solid album in execution and sound. It is close to being my favorite N.W.A. album and if not for the fact that Cube isn't present on the project, it just might be their best. Still, the stars of the album are Dre and Ren, one for the production, the other for their rhymes.

5. The D.O.C.- No One Can Do It Better (1989)

-Many people forget how important D.O.C. was to the hip hop game at one point. His lyrics were top notch and his style on the mic was a highlight for Ruthless Records, and this album is one of their most important releases. For Dre, we got to hear him behind the board once again crafting high quality beats for D.O.C. to destroy and he does his job to the max. With tracks like the iconic "It's Funky Enough", "Lend Me An Ear", "Beautiful But Deadly", and many more, this album is a flawless listen from start to finish IMO. Dre has to be saluted for his production work here, it features some of his best work for sure.

4. N.W.A.- Straight Outta Compton (1988)

-I used to think this album wouldn't age so well, but I was wrong. I went back to revisit it and was pleasantly surprised that it held up so well, in terms of production. Sure, the sounds of today are different, but it's the hard hitting nature of the drums that Dre provided along with the melodies and samples that made this album so special. The production of tracks like "Fuck The Police", "Gangsta Gangsta", "Express Yourself", and others really helped shape the sound of the group. This was the West Coast gangsta rap sound and N.W.A. was here to set the tone (in addition to Ice T). Straight Outta Compton is an iconic album that still sounds good 30 years later, so it's only right that this is top 5.

3. Dr. Dre- 2001 (1999)

-I am partial to this album over The Chronic, but the importance of The Chronic is honestly one of the biggest moments in hip hop, so this takes the third spot. Dre returned after 7 years with his second "solo" album and it was just what the doctor ordered. Full of bristling piano keys, infectious melodies, and those traditional booming Dre drums, 2001 is the best produced album from Dre IMO. It does have a few songs that I could do without, but overall, this is a nearly flawless album. Whether it's the melodic sounds of "Xxplosive", the head nodding factor of "What's The Difference", or even the smooth, bouncy vibe of "The Next Episode", the production doesn't disappoint on this album. 2001 is a classic, and sound wise, it is without a doubt top 3 in Dre's catalog.
2. Snoop Dogg- Doggystyle (1993)

-The classic debut from Snoop is one of the most important albums in hip hop history. It was said that Daz perhaps ghost produced a lot of it, but that hasn't been proven and Dre still maintains most of the credit for this true classic and rightfully so. The G-Funk era was something special and this is the pinnacle of it. If not for the fact that I think The Chronic is more important to the legacy of Dre, I would have ranked this one no. 1 on the list. Snoop brings great rhymes and Dre brings excellent production and together they had some of the best chemistry in hip hop history. That was evident on tracks like "Gin & Juice", "Murder Was The Case", "Serial Killer", and of course, the greatest song on the album "Ain't No Fun". Simply put, Doggystyle is one of the greatest hip hop debuts ever.

1. Dr. Dre- The Chronic (1992)

-If you know the legacy of Dr. Dre, then you know very well that this album would be no. 1 on the list. It is the biggest piece in the Dr. Dre story, and it is still a classic album today. While the subject matter and execution of the album might not resonate in some ways today, for the time, it was relevant and the G-Funk sound was truly born with this album. It features some classic tracks and some of the most iconic moments in hip hop like the most important Dre and Snoop collab "Nuthin' But A G Thang", "Lil' Ghetto Boy", and my favorite track "Let Me Ride". All in all, this is a seminal hip hop release and it's hard to put any album that Dr. Dre took part in over this one. This is no. 1 without question.


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