The album's lead single, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang", shot Dr. Dre into the stratosphere. The record began a string of hit singles like "Comin' Out Hard" and "Let Me Ride", and became the first rap album to top Billboard's Hot 200, in August of 1993. This was shortly followed by the release of Dre's second and most commercially successful single, "If I Needed Someone". "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" and "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang" were released as singles, and were charting well, but "Let Me Ride" was a major hit. The album went platinum on the first day of its release, and later skyrocketed to sales of 13 million units. The success of the album sparked a feud between Dr. Dre and his friend and collaborator, Sean "Puffy" Combs, that would continue until early 1996.
The follow-up album, The DeAndre Way, recorded in part at The Record Plant Studios, was released on March 1, 1994. It included the singles "West Side Story" and its sequel "That's Wack", featuring Rakim. The album proved to be Dre's least commercially successful album, skipping platinum and going gold. It sold only three million units, over half of The Chronic's sales. This was partially due to the absence of Snoop Dogg, who went on an expensive and self-destructive crime spree during the months before the album's release. He was sentenced to six years in prison, effectively ending his career.
Despite the fallout from the legal troubles of Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg and others, Dre's biggest battles went to a different adversary - the FBI and the government, regarding his association with the Crips and Bloods. Although the FBI had not yet put an alleged organized crime syndicate under surveillance, their report found that the Death Row label had a "criminal relationship" with Los Angeles gangs, based on the label's ties to the Crips and Bloods, and that Mob figures had finances problems with Death Row. d2c66b5586