Editor’s Note: The Albumism staff has selected what we believe to be 50 fantastic first solo albums recorded by artists who departed—or simply took a temporary hiatus from—their respective groups, representing a varied cross-section of genres, styles and time periods. Click “Next Album” below to explore each album or view the full album index here.
Dr. Dre | The Chronic
Death Row/Interscope (1992)
Selected by Terry Nelson
Iconic doesn’t even begin to describe how important this record is to this day. Put giving us the musical talents of Snoop Dogg, Warren G and Nate Dogg aside. The production values on The Chronic were a game changer that set the bar incredibly high. Many have tried and failed to match its excellence. It’s easily one of the most influential records of any genre over the last 40 years.