Dr. Dre, whose debut album

In the early 1990s, West Coast rappers like Tupac Shakur and Dr. Dre showed that California had talented MCs just like there were in New York, the birthplace of hip-hop. Dr. Dre’s 1992 debut solo album The Chronic signaled that the West Coast wasn’t playing around, and it inspired an up-and-coming Brooklyn rapper — who later became The Notorious B.I.G. — to kickstart his own career.

Dr. Dre, whose debut album 'The Chronic' inspired The Notorious B.I.G.'s own debut album, seated for a photo in 1992
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Dr. Dre released his debut solo album ‘The Chronic’ in 1992

Dr. Dre first rose to prominence in the late 1980s as a part of the hit rap group N.W.A. After the dissolution of the group in the early 1990s, Dr. Dre. got to work on his own debut project — not just as a rapper, but as a producer. He, along with Suge Knight and The D.O.C., created Death Row Records in 1991.

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