Dr. Dre

African American hip hop producer and rapper Dr. Dre

"Andre Young" redirects here, for the football player, see Andre Young. For the New York radio and television presenter, see Doctor Dré. Not to be confused with Dr. Drew. Dr. Dre File:Dre Dre. jpgDr Dre, backstage at Pussycat Dolls in Los Angeles 2008Background informationBirth name Andre Romelle YoungBorn Template:Safesubst:February 18, 1965 (1965-02-18) (age 47)Template:Safesubst:Compton, California, U.S.
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Compton gave the world 'The Chronic' — but rejects marijuana sales despite legalization
LATimes - 18 days
Of the many cultural touchstones born on the streets of Compton, one of the most lasting is “The Chronic.” Dr. Dre’s classic 1992 album brought the nickname for high-grade cannabis into the mainstream, and, to the disdain of many Compton residents, cemented the city as the home of West Coast gangsta...
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Five sonic leaps that changed the sound of hip-hop
LATimes - 2 months
How Dr. Dre, the Notorious B.I.G./Puff Daddy, Noreaga, Jay-Z/Timbaland and Kendrick Lamar/Steve Lacy led hip-hop into new realms.
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First start-up from Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre's USC innovation academy is augmented reality firm Mira
LATimes - 7 months
Mira on Tuesday unveiled its first product, which resembles a face shield or a large sun visor, except it holds up a smartphone in front of your face.
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What Did 'The Defiant Ones' Show Us?
NPR - 7 months
The HBO mini-series portrays the story of Apple Music's Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who came together to work on some of the 20th century's most important music. (Image credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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Dr. Dre's Rapid 'Gunfire' Flow Affirms And Defies His Age
NPR - 7 months
The new song comes in conjunction with the revealing HBO documentary The Defiant Ones, which intertwines the lives and legacies of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. (Image credit: screenshot/HBO)
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What’s on TV Sunday: ‘The Defiant Ones’ and ‘Amelia Earhart’
NYTimes - 8 months
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine get the star treatment from HBO. And a recently discovered photograph may solve the mystery of what happened to Amelia Earhart.
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HBO's 'The Defiant Ones' a fascinating look at music's odd couple
LATimes - 8 months
“The Defiant Ones” starts out with the least interesting but most lucrative turning point in the partnership of rap producer Dr. Dre and music biz mogul Jimmy Iovine. It was 2014 and their streaming service, Beats Music, was acquired by Apple in a $3.2-billion deal. Music’s odd couple had suddenly...
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Diddy Can't Stop, Won't Stop Shading Kendall And Kylie Jenner
Huffington Post - 8 months
Sean “Diddy” Combs is too pure for this world and we must protect him at all costs.  The rapper and business mogul premiered his new documentary “Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop,” which traces the legacy of his Bad Boy Records label, in Los Angeles Thursday night. The event boasted an impressive celebrity guest list, including Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and, yes, Kendall Jenner. Diddy shared a slew of photos from the night, but one in particular caught the internet’s attention, a short video of him posing with the 21-year-old supermodel.  “Last night @kyliejenner #cantstopwontstop #aboutlastnight,” he wrote in the caption, accidentally tagging Jenner’s sister, Kylie Jenner, instead of her.  "kylie jenner" shdbebkshdbdbf pic.twitter.com/JlME2KaeSm — deaux (@dstfelix) June 22, 2017 He quickly corrected his mistake and apologized for the mixup in the comments after the internet was done thoroughly high-fiving and roasting him.  “I’m human people. I make mist...
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Dr. Dre Pledges $10 Million Donation To Compton High School
Huffington Post - 8 months
Dr. Dre has pledged to donate $10 million toward the construction of a performing arts center being built at Compton High School in 2020. The center that Dre, a native of Compton, California, is investing in will be located in the Compton Unified School District and feature a 1,200-seat theater.  “My goal is to provide kids with the kind of tools and learning they deserve,” Dre said in a statement to Variety. “The performing arts center will be a place for young people to be creative in a way that will help further their education and positively define their future.” The donation is the result of a promise the rapper made a couple of years ago, Rolling Stone reported. In 2015, Dre said he would give the profits from his “Compton” album to the construction of a performing arts facility in his hometown. Looks like he came through.  The publication also reports that Dre collaborated with recently re-elected Compton Mayor Aja Brown on the decision. In a 2015 interview wit...
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Ice Cube Gets Hollywood Star, Thanks All 'Who Helped Me Get Here'
Huffington Post - 8 months
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One Of The Other Most Important Dr. Dre Facts Missing From Straight Outta Compton
Huffington Post - over 1 year
After witnessing Dr. Dre working in the studio for many years I would have to say that one of most important facts missing from the NWA movie is not just aspects of Dre's personal and political life and vision, but a clear description of the high level of sonic mastery and expertise that he has exhibited and presented to the world for the past 30 years. When Russell Simmons and Rick Rubin presented Def Jam's hip hop productions to the world with classics by Run-DMC, LL Kool J and Beastie Boys, they brought not only productions that had dynamic and socially relevant songs to the world, but also a level of sonic excellence that was achieved by bringing top musicians and mixing engineers into the studio to engineer and fine tune those sound recordings. The difference between Dr. Dre and most producers is that when most producers get to a level where they feel they have the songs strong enough, they then bring in top level Grammy award winning mixing engineers like Manny Maroquin, Se...
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Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Alleging Murder for Hire Plot - RollingStone.com
Google News - over 1 year
RollingStone.com Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Alleging Murder for Hire Plot RollingStone.com Suge Knight has sued Dr. Dre claiming that the rapper had hired a hit man to attempt to kill him, among other charges. Credit: Robert Mora/Getty, Kevin Winter/Getty. By Kory Grow. 15 hours ago. More News. Suge Knight Sues Chris Brown Over Nightclub ... Suge Knight Accuses Dr. Dre of Hiring a Hitman to Have Him Killed in New LawsuitBillboard Suge Knight files suit claiming Dr. Dre hired hitmen to kill himNew York Daily News Suge Knight Sues Dr. Dre, Claims Murder for Hire PlotRadio.com Music and Entertainment News USA TODAY -E! Online -The Grio -PerezHilton.com all 72 news articles »
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    FORTIES
  • 2016
    April 4, 2016 TMZ and the New York Daily News reported Knight as having accused Dre and the LAPD Sheriff's department of a hire for kill plot in the 2014 shooting of Knight in club 1 OAK
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    Anderson Paak also praised Dr. Dre in a 2016 interview with Music Times, telling the publication that it was a dream come true to work with Dre.
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    On February 12, 2016 it was revealed that Apple would create its first original scripted television series and it will star Dr. Dre.
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  • 2015
    In a statement to The New York Times on August 21, 2015, Dre addressed his abusive past saying, "Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life.
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    In August 2015, in an interview with Rolling Stone, Dre lamented his abusive past, saying, "I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life.
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    During press for the popular 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, questions about the portrayal and behavior of Dr. Dre and other prominent figures in the rap community about violence against women - and the question about its absence in the film - were raised.
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  • 2013
    During May 2013, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine donated a $70 million endowment to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
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    She stated that she had gone to Hawaii before the end of 2013 for a few weeks to work with him on “so many things” including his upcoming album and a project of her own among other unspecified projects.
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  • 2012
    On January 9, 2012, Dre headlined the final nights of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on the weekends of April 13–15 and April 20–22, 2012.
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  • 2011
    On November 14, 2011, Dre announced that he would be taking a break from music after he finished producing for artists Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar.
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  • 2010
    In an August 2010 interview, Dr. Dre stated that an instrumental album titled The Planets is in its first stages of production; each song being named after a planet in the Solar System.
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    On June 25, 2010, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored Dr. Dre with its Founders Award for inspiring other musicians.
    On April 20, 2010, "Under Pressure", featuring Jay-Z and co-produced with Scott Storch, was confirmed by Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre during an interview at Fenway Park as the album's first single.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In a Dr Pepper commercial that debuted on May 28, 2009, he premiered the first official snippet of Detox. 50 Cent and Eminem asserted in an interview on BET's 106 & Park that Dr. Dre had around a dozen songs finished for Detox.
    Along with this single, in 2009 Dr. Dre produced or co-produced 19 of 20 tracks on Eminem's album Relapse.
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    At the beginning of 2009, Dre produced, and made a guest vocal performance on, the single "Crack a Bottle" by Eminem and the single sold a record 418,000 downloads in its first week. and reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of February 12, 2009.
  • 2008
    On December 15, 2008, Dre appeared in the remix of the song "Set It Off" by Canadian rapper Kardinal Offishall (also with Pusha T); the remix debuted on DJ Skee's radio show.
  • 2007
    In 2007, Dr. Dre's third studio album, formerly known as Detox, was slated to be his final studio album.
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    He also produced tracks for the rap albums Buck the World by Young Buck, Curtis by 50 Cent, Tha Blue Carpet Treatment by Snoop Dogg, and Kingdom Come by Jay-Z. Dre also appeared on Timbaland's track "Bounce", from his 2007 solo album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value alongside, Missy Elliott, and Justin Timberlake.
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  • 2006
    In November 2006, Dr. Dre began working with Raekwon on his album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II.
  • 2005
    In September 2005, Johnson was sentenced to a year in prison and ordered to stay away from Dr. Dre until 2008.
    For an issue of Rolling Stone magazine in April 2005, Dr. Dre was ranked 54th out of 100 artists for Rolling Stone magazine's list "The Immortals: The Greatest Artists of All Time".
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    Dr. Dre also produced "How We Do", a 2005 hit single from rapper The Game from his album The Documentary, as well as tracks on 50 Cent's successful sophomore album The Massacre.
  • 2004
    In November 2004, at the Vibe magazine awards show in Los Angeles, Dr. Dre was attacked by a fan named Jimmy James Johnson, who was supposedly asking for an autograph.
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  • 2002
    Another copyright-related lawsuit hit Dr. Dre in the fall of 2002, when Sa Re Ga Ma, a film and music company based in Calcutta, India, sued Aftermath Entertainment over an uncredited sample of the Lata Mangeshkar song "Thoda Resham Lagta Hai" on the Aftermath-produced song "Addictive" by singer Truth Hurts. In February 2003, a judge ruled that Aftermath would have to halt sales of Truth Hurts' album Truthfully Speaking if the company would not credit Mangeshkar. Another successful album on the Aftermath label was Get Rich or Die Tryin', the 2003 major-label debut album by Queens, New York-based rapper 50 Cent.
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    Dr. Dre was the executive producer of Eminem’s 2002 release, The Eminem Show.
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  • 2001
    He also produced "Let Me Blow Ya Mind", a duet by rapper Eve and No Doubt lead singer Gwen Stefani and signed R&B singer Truth Hurts to Aftermath in 2001.
    He produced the single "Family Affair" by R&B singer Mary J. Blige for her album No More Drama in 2001.
    Following the success of 2001, Dr. Dre focused on producing songs and albums for other artists.
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    The Fatback Band also sued Dr. Dre over alleged infringement regarding its song "Backstrokin'" in his song "Let's Get High" from the 2001 album; Dr. Dre was ordered to pay $1.5 million to the band in 2003.
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  • 2000
    Dr. Dre won the Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical in 2000, and joined the Up in Smoke Tour with fellow rappers Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube that year as well.
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    It was initially titled The Chronic 2000 to imply being a sequel to his debut solo effort The Chronic but was re-titled 2001 after Death Row Records released an unrelated compilation album with the title Chronic 2000: Still Smokin in May 1999.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    The album included popular hit singles "Still D.R.E." and "Forgot About Dre", both of which Dr. Dre performed on NBC's Saturday Night Live on October 23, 1999.
    Dre produced three songs and provided vocals for two on Eminem's successful and controversial debut album The Slim Shady LP, released in 1999.
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  • 1998
    The turning point for Aftermath came in 1998, when Jimmy Iovine, the head of Aftermath's parent label Interscope, suggested that Dr. Dre sign Eminem, a white rapper from Detroit.
  • 1996
    The beat for the Houston-based group Geto Boys 1996 song "Still" follows the same drum pattern as "Natural Born Killaz" and Eazy E's "Wut Would U Do" (a diss to Dre) is similar to the original "Murder was the Case" instrumental.
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    First Round Knock Out, a compilation of various tracks produced and performed by Dr. Dre was also released in 1996, with material ranging from World Class Wreckin' Cru to N.W.A to Death Row recordings.
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    In October 1996, Dre performed "Been There, Done That" on Saturday Night Live.
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    The Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath album, released on November 26, 1996, featured songs by Dr. Dre himself, as well as by newly signed Aftermath Entertainment artists, and a solo track "Been There, Done That", intended as a symbolic farewell to gangsta rap.
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    Dr. Dre also appeared on the single "No Diggity" by R&B group Blackstreet in 1996: it too was a sales success, topping the Hot 100 for four consecutive weeks, and later won the award for Best R&B Vocal by a Duo or Group at the 1997 Grammy Awards.
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  • 1995
    In 1995, Death Row Records signed rapper 2Pac, and began to position him as their major star: he collaborated with Dr. Dre on the commercially successful single "California Love", which became both artists' first song to top the Billboard Hot 100.
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    He collaborated with fellow N.W.A member Ice Cube for the song "Natural Born Killaz" in 1995.
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  • 1994
    In 1994 Dr. Dre produced some songs on the soundtracks to the films Above the Rim and Murder Was the Case.
    That same year he produced Death Row labelmate Snoop Dogg's quadruple platinum debut Doggystyle, and even molded artists into top-notch producers such as his step-brother Warren G, which led to his multi-platinum debut Regulate G Funk Era in 1994, and Snoop Dogg's cousin Daz Dillinger which led to the double platinum debut album Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound in 1995.
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  • 1993
    In 1993 the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the album triple platinum, and Dr. Dre also won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his performance on "Let Me Ride".
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  • 1992
    Dr. Dre pleaded guilty in October 1992 in a case of battery of a police officer and was convicted on two additional battery counts stemming from a brawl in the lobby of the New Orleans hotel in May 1991.
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    In 1992 Young released his first single, the title track to the film Deep Cover, a collaboration with rapper Snoop Dogg, whom he met through Warren G. Dr. Dre's debut solo album was The Chronic, released under Death Row Records with Suge Knight as executive producer.
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    His 1992 solo debut The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win a Grammy Award for the single "Let Me Ride".
  • 1991
    After a dispute with Eazy-E, Dre left the group at the peak of its popularity in 1991 under the advice of friend, and N.W.A lyricist, The D.O.C. and his bodyguard at the time, Suge Knight.
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  • 1990
    Former labelmate Tairrie B also claimed that Dre assaulted her at a post-Grammy party in 1990, in response to her track Ruthless Bitch.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    He also produced tracks for a number of other acts on Ruthless Records, including Eazy-E's 1988 solo debut Eazy-Duz-It, Above the Law's 1990 debut Livin' Like Hustlers, Michel'le's 1989 self title'd debut, The D.O.C.'s 1989 debut No One Can Do It Better, J.J. Fad's 1988 debut Supersonic and funk rock musician Jimmy Z's 1991 album Muzical Madness
  • 1986
    In 1986, Dr. Dre met rapper O'Shea Jackson—nicknamed Ice Cube—who collaborated with Dr. Dre to record songs for Ruthless Records, a rap record label run by local rapper Eazy-E.
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  • 1984
    He later joined the musical group World Class Wreckin' Cru under the independent Kru-Cut Records in 1984.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Young is the cousin of producer Sir Jinx. He attended Centennial High School in Compton during his freshman year in 1979, but transferred to Fremont High School in South Central Los Angeles due to poor grades.
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  • 1976
    In 1976, Young began attending Vanguard Junior High School in Compton, but due to gang violence, he transferred to the safer suburban Roosevelt Junior High School.
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  • OTHER
  • 1968
    Young was born in Compton, California, the first child of Theodore and Verna Young. His middle name, Romelle, is derived from his father's amateur R&B singing group, The Romells. His parents married in 1964, separated in 1968, and divorced in 1972.
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  • 1965
    Born on February 18, 1965.
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