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'The Chronic' 20 Years Later: An Audio Document of the L.A. Riots

Yasha Wallin

This year marks the 20th anniversary of a remarkable year in music. Over the 12 months of 1993, the Wu-Tang Clan, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, A Tribe Called Quest, Salt-N-Pepa and more than 20 other rap groups released albums that helped change the sound of America. The flowering had roots in the cultural and social upheaval sparked by the Los Angeles riots the year before. This series about rap's greatest year begins with the album that started it all by drawing directly on the riots.

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  • Audrey BellisAudrey Bellis

    omg! The Chronic and Regulate were my first hip/hop-rap albums and totally defined my childhood growing up in North Long Beach bordering on Compton. I remember being in kindergarten/1st grade and my older cousins giving me these cd's and having to hide them from my mom (because they were inappropraite) to play on my disc man.