Dr Dre

Dr Dre

Biography

Dr. Dre (born André Romelle Young, 18.2.1965) Dr. Dre is an American hip-hop producer and rapper, as well a record company executive. He has worked with a number of high profile artists, including Snoop Dogg and Mary J. Blige

Childhood: Dr. Dre was born to Verna and Theodore Young when Verna was just 16. They divorced in 1968 and Verna married Curtis Crayon, with whom she had more children. Her third marriage was to Warren Griffin, adding more children to the family. One of Dre's stepbrothers, Warren Griffin III went on to become the rapper Warren G.

Aged 17, Dre fathered a child with Lisa Johnson but did not raise him and he only met his son Curtis Young when he had assumed the rap alias of Hood Surgeon, about 20 years later.

Career: Dr. Dre became a DJ at a club named The Eve After Dark; under the name Dr. J. At the same club, he met Antoine Carraby, who became DJ Yella of his group N.W.A.

Dr. J. later became Dr. Dre and he named himself the 'Master of Mixology', joining the World Class Wreckin' Cru in 1984. The outfit dominated the West Coast electro / hip-hop scene of the early 1980s and their track 'Surgery' sold over 50,000 copies in the Compton area alone. Some of Dre's earliest mixes were released retrospectively as a compilation entitled Concrete Roots.

In 1986, Dr. Dre met the rapper Ice Cube. They worked on tracks together, releasing songs on Ruthless Records, which was run by local drug dealer and rapper, Eazy-E. Along with fellow rapper Ice T, N.W.A. were a hard-hitting, hardcore rap outfit, depicting a grisly tale of life on the streets of Compton. The band's debut album Straight Outta Compton featured the hit 'Fuck tha Police' was a financial success, despite an almost complete lack of airplay, following warnings from the FBI due to the band's lyrical content. With Ice Cube leaving the band over financial quarrels, Dr. Dre took on the bulk of the production duties for the second album Efil4zaggin. He also worked on albums for other artists such as Above The Law and The D.O.C.

Following advice from Suge Knight, Dre left N.W.A. and became the debut artist for Knight's new Death Row Records. His first track on the label was 'Deep Cover', on which he collaborated with Snoop Dogg. Dre's debut solo album was entitled The Chronic. He went on to win a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for 'Let Me Ride'.

Acting on concerns that Suge Knight was corrupt and dishonest, Young left Death Row Records and set up his own Aftermath Entertainment label. In 1996, he released Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath, which earned a Platinum certification.

In 1997, following the critical failure of Nas, Foxy Brown, AZ and Nature Present The Firm: The Album, rumours began to circulate that Aftermath was facing financial difficulties. Dre's fortunes changed, however when, in 1998, he signed the white Detroit rapper Marshall Mathers (also known as Eminem) to Aftermath.

Dre's second solo album, 2001 featured Nate Dogg, Eminem and Xzibit. Following 2001, Dre concentrated on his production skills and worked with Mary J. Blige on 'Family Affair' as well as 'Let Me Blow Ya Mind', by Gwen Stefani and Eve. He also produced 50 Cent's major label debut, Get Rich or Die Tryin' and the Game's 'How We Do'. In addition to this, he worked on tracks for Jay-Z's Kingdom Come and Timbaland's album featuring Missy Elliott and Justin Timberlake, Timbaland Presents Shock Value.

Work on Dr. Dre's final album, Detox, began in 2004 and has finally been granted a release date for 2008, from Interscope Records. Known collaborators on the album are Hi-Tek, Jay-Z, J.R. Rotem, warren G and RZA.

Personal Life: In 1991, Dr. Dre fathered another son, Marcel, to the singer Michel'le.

In 1996, he married Nicole Threatt. They have two children: a son named Truth (b.1997) and a daughter called Truly (b.2001).



Biography by Contactmusic.com

Dr Dre Will Not Face Any Charges After D.A. Rejects 'Gun' Case


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Legendary hip-hop pioneer Dr Dre will not face any charges over allegations made by a motorist earlier this week who claimed he pulled a gun during a dispute over a car blocking his driveway, after no evidence was found.

TMZ reported on Wednesday (July 27th) that the L.A. County District Attorney rejected the case due to insufficient evidence, after they reviewed the police report of the incident which happened on Monday and was widely reported.

Dr DreDr Dre will not face any charges over Monday's incident after the D.A. rejected the case

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Dr Dre Briefly Handcuffed Outside Malibu Home After Man Alleges He Pointed A Gun


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Hip-hop royalty Dr Dre was briefly arrested at his Malibu home yesterday after he was accused of pointing a gun at a man whose vehicle was blocking his driveway, before being released shortly afterwards with no evidence of it having happened.

According to NBC Los Angeles, LAPD arrived at the 51 year old producer and rap star’s home in the 22000 block on Pacific Coast Highway on Monday morning (July 25th), responding to an “allegation that a man had brandished a gun.”

Dr DreDr Dre was briefly searched and handcuffed outside his home after a man alleged he pointed a gun at him

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Album Of The Day: 'Straight Outta Compton' By N.W.A.


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In the wake of the first reunion of the surviving members of N.W.A. in more than 25 years at Coachella, it's time to reflect on an album that prominently changed the face of rap forever. You probably saw the 2015 biopic of the same name, but when was the last time you listened to the record?

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N.W.A. were a group of pioneering Compton rappers including Dr Dre and Ice Cube that may have invoked controversy with the explicit content of their lyrics, but nonetheless became the inspiration for almost every single rapper to come after them despite only ever releasing two albums. 

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Dr Dre, Kendrick Lamar, The Game: Ice Cube Pulls Out All The Stops For Coachella 2016


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Ice Cube said he had some tricks up his sleeve for Coachella 2016, but no-one was expecting all this. The rapper managed to reunite with all surviving NWA members, including Dr Dre, on stage at the festival in Indio, California as well as introduce some very special additional guests.

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Say what you like about rappers, but there's a tight bond between stars in the hip hop world - be it a bond of beef or a bond of brotherhood, and Ice Cube was certainly displaying the latter at Coachella's second weekend.

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Gene Simmons Hits Back At N.W.A. Over Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Speech


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Kiss member Gene Simmons has responded to N.W.A., after he was called out by the rap group during their induction speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The beef between the bassist and the Compton group all started last month when Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine he was ‘looking forward to the death of rap.’

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"I am looking forward to the death of rap,” Simmons said. “I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”

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N.W.A Are Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Use Speech To Call Out Gene Simmons


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The remaining members of group N.W.A. became the newest additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night, after being inducted by rapper Kendrick Lamar. The group used their speech to thank their fans and pay tribute to the late Eazy-E, but they also took the opportunity to call out Gene Simmons for his recent comments on rap music.

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Last month the Kiss bassist had told Rolling Stone: "I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”

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Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Mc Ren, Kathie Wright , DJ Yella - 31st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony - Press Room - New York, New York, United States - Friday 8th April 2016

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'Straight Outta Compton' Used Different Trailers For Different Races On Facebook


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N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton used a unique marketing tactic to promote the movie on Facebook, creating different trailers for different races. Speaking at South by Southwest, Universal’s EVP of digital marketing, Doug Neil, and Facebook’s entertainment head, Jim Underwood, described the ‘customised racial marketing’ they used to promote the biopic, which became a box office hit last year.

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Neil said that during the promotion of the film, they embarked on a ‘specialised Facebook marketing effort’ which was led by Universal’s ‘multicultural team’ in conjunction with its Facebook team.

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Dr Dre Reportedly Set To Star In Apple's First Television Show


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Dr Dre is reportedly set to star in his own semi-autobiographical series made by Apple. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Apple is developing its first original television show, which will star the rap mogul, with the details so far being kept top-secret.

Dr DreDr Dre is reportedly set to star in Apple’s first television series.

Sources told THR that the scripted series will star Dre who will also executive produce. It will consist of six episodes and production is being bankrolled by Apple. It's most likely that Apple will distribute the show via Apple Music but it's not clear if Apple TV, the iTunes store or other Apple platforms will also carry it.

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N.W.A To Reunite For This Year's Coachella Festival


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N.W.A. are set to reunite at this year’s Coachella festival, according to former member Ice Cube. The rapper is listed as performing at the festival as a solo artist, but has said he’s going to try and bring the members of N.W.A. together, to give the crowd a 'history lesson'.

Ice CubeIce Cube has said N.W.A. will reunite at Coachella.

"I've got some tricks up my sleeves,” Ice Cube said. “I'm going to try to bring the members of NWA together. Give everybody a little history lesson on Ice Cube and NWA, West Side Connection, everything I've been doing over the years.”

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Dr Dre Sued By Former Manager Over 'Straight Outta Compton' Portrayal


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Dr Dre, Ice Cube and several producers of Straight Outta Compton are being sued by former N.W.A. manager Jerry Heller over his portrayal in the music biopic. Heller is played by Paul Giamatti in the movie and has described his characterisation as that of a ‘sleazy thief’.

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"This is a guy who's been in the music business for six decades, and he still gets up every day and goes to work. And this film characterizes him as a sleazy thief. It's so patently dishonest and inaccurate, he couldn't let it go on," Heller’s lawyer Richard Shapiro told The New York Daily News.

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Jimmy Iovine, Liberty Ross , Dr Dre - WSJ Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 5th November 2014

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Dr. Dre - World Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Straight Outta Compton' held at The Microsoft Theatre - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th August 2015

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Dr. Dre - Dr. Dre Christmas shopping at Chanel on Rodeo Drive - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Tuesday 23rd December 2014

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Nicole Threatt and Dr Dre - Beats by Dre Celebrates CES with After Party at Light Nightclub at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 10th January 2014

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Dr Dre

Date of birth

18th February, 1965

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.85




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