The Regulator tells XXL that he bestowed the title on his step brother’s last LP.
Dre and I never talked about the direction he should go with the album, but… Actually, you know what? I ain’t gon’ lie. We actually met at the Beverly Hills Hotel one night, and—I swear to God—he was trying to figure out what to call the album, and I actually said, “How about Chronic 2001?” Right there at the Beverly Hills Hotel—we sat there, in the bungalows, and named it The Chronic 2001… It was me, Dre, Snoop—I can’t remember who else was there; I think Nate [Dogg] was there, too. Dre probably don’t remember that shit, but I said, “Chronic 2001...We are The Chronic. Why change it and name it something else when you can name it Chronic 2001? Because it’s the second one, and it’s in the new millennium. Let’s start it up and hit them again with it!”