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Competing Over Chronic

Dr. Dre and Death Row Records plan coincidental "Chronic"

March 10, 1999 12:00 AM ET

In 1992, Dr. Dre and Death Row Records scored big| with the multi-platinumalbum, The Chronic. Now, while the artist and label have partedways, each wants to recapture the magic with a follow-up entitled TheChronic 2000. Dr. Dre's The Chronic 2000 will feature all newtracks by himself, Eminem, and Snoop Dogg. Death Row's The Chronic2000 will feature previously unreleased tracks and remixes by Dre,Snoop, 2Pac, and - are ya ready for this? - a Tupac Shakur sound-alike.While Death Row's version is scheduled to drop first (next month), Dre sayshe has no plans to change the title of his album.

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