23. CHRONIC 2001 (1999)
Artist: Dr. Dre
Production: Dr. Dre, Mel-Man
Acclaim: Andre Young’s glorious comeback obliterated the hip-hop bar for super-producer orchestration, giving ample room for Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Devin The Dude and a murderous row of MC’s to command the mic.
Peak moment: The late Nate Dogg breaks into the memorable line—“When I met you last night baby…”—on the flawless “Xxplosive,” a nod to his star-turn on Snoop’s classic “Ain't No Fun (If the Homies Can't Have None).”