Baker's Dozen

Artists discuss the 13 records that shaped their lives

1. Dr. DreThe Chronic

It was just a very definitive moment in not only West Coast hip hop, but hip hop in general. It was a bridge – it was young hip hop with an old soul, which made it alternative. Rap was still fairly young at that point. I had a friend who was a very cool guy, he had the weed, and always had a demeanour about him – ‘I know something you don’t’. He had an advance copy, which made it even cooler. Almost every break beat there is is used on that album, which gives you an unwritten indication that anyone could have done it – but of course, that’s not true. Technically, he started where we all had to start from, which is the bottom. That’s what’s cool about it.

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