California’s very own Dr. Dre’s, The Chronic will be archived in the Library of Congress. The 1992 hit will lead this year’s inductees into the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry. In order to be inducted you have to be “worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance.”
The Chronic was a big hit during the early 1990’s charting at No.1 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The album was so success that it was certified Platinum within three months after its release. Years later and it has since been awarded triple Platinum status.
According to Hip Hop Wired, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden explained the decision via formal press release. “The National Recording Registry is the evolving playlist of the American soundscape” she said. “It reflects moments in history captured through the voices and sounds of the time. We received over 800 nominations this year for culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant recordings to add to the registry. As genres and formats continue to expand, the Library of Congress is committed to working with our many partners to preserve the sounds that have touched our hearts and shaped our culture.”
Dr. Dre’s The Chronic will be accompanied into the library by Whitney Houston’s version of “I Will Always Love You,” late Tejano singer Selena’s Ven Conmigo, Tina Turner’s Private Dancer, and Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.”