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).
In a $300 million lawsuit, Knight claims that Dre, his former Death Row Records partner, tried to have him killed in an argument over unpaid money due.
The imprisoned former hip-hop mogul Suge Knight has sensationally alleged that Dr. Dre of hiring a hitman to execute him on two separate occasions.
In court papers obtained by TMZ on Monday (October 24th), Marion “Suge” Knight accuses the Apple Music and Beats entrepreneur – formerly his business partner in the once-thriving rap label Death Row Records – tried to have him murdered in September 2014, and then again a few months later.
Dr Dre at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016
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Jerry Heller thinks the widely successful film paints him as a ‘sleazy thief’.
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’.
Dr Dre is being sued by his former manager.
"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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Combs replaces Dr Dre as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world, making $60 million in the last 12 months.
Despite not having released an album in nearly half a decade, Sean “P Diddy” Combs has been revealed as the highest-earning hip-hop star in the world this year with a gross income of $60 million from June 2014 to June 2015.
Diddy displaces Dr Dre in Forbes’ annual Hip-Hop Cash Kings rundown, with his income coming from various successful business ventures plus number of sponsorship and endorsement deals. His Ciroc brand of vodka has proven extremely popular in the States, and it has been this that has formed the bedrock of his financial health this year.
The rapper has also enjoyed income from his clothing line Sean John, his water brand Aquahydrate and TV network Revolt.
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The attack took place outside a Cineworld in Crawley, West Sussex.
A man has been attacked outside a cinema in Crawley, West Sussex, following a screening of N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. The attack took place in the early hours of Sunday morning and is reported to have happened following a confrontation inside the cinema.
A man has been attacked after a screening of Straight Outta Compton.
The BBC reports that the victim had been leaving the cinema with another man, when two men attacked him and threw acid over his head and face in the cinema car park.
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The NW.A. biopic has now taken $134.1 million at the box office in total.
Straight Outta Compton is on top of the US box office for the third-straight week taking an estimated $13.2 million at US theaters. The N.W.A. biopic beat Christian drama War Room to keep the number one spot, while Zac Efron’s We Are Your Friends suffered a massive flop.
Straight Outta Compton is still on top of the US box office.
Straight Outta Compton now joins Jurassic World to become the only other film to top the US box office for three consecutive weeks this summer. The biopic’s box office total now stands at $134.1 million.
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This biopic gallops through the career of groundbreaking gangsta rappers N.W.A, working its way through a checklist of the major events. There isn't much of a plot otherwise, which can be bewildering for anyone who doesn't know all of the people portrayed on-screen. But the acting and filmmaking is confident, which makes the movie feel strikingly relevant.
It opens in late-1980s South Central Los Angeles, a time when rap was dismissed as a little more than a violent chant. But artist Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) launches Ruthless Records with his manager Jerry Hiller (Paul Giamatti) as a way to promote the music he makes with his friends Ice Cube (O'Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), DJ Yella (Neil Brown Jr.) and MC Ren (Aldis Hodge). Working together as N.W.A, their album Straight Outta Compton strikes a nerve, selling millions even though its controversial lyrics make it impossible to play on the radio. As money starts rolling in, problems develop in the group. Cube is annoyed that Jerry isn't paying him a fair share of the royalties, so he goes solo. And later Dre also leaves to start his own label, Death Row, with hothead friend Suge Knight (R. Marcos Taylor).
The movie is structured as a series of set-pieces, usually drawing on the musician's camaraderie, which turns into rivalry, sparking tensions and some sort of verbal or musical battle, which escalates into physical violence. These are alpha-males who don't like being told what to do, so they struggle to trust each other. Their clashes begin to feel somewhat repetitive, but the actors are excellent.
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The possibility of a new Dr. Dre album seemed more like a dream or a long-running joke than it ever did a reality. With 16 years having passed since the release of 2001, and the anticipation for the long-rumoured Detox reaching unequalled heights before it simply became too long for most people to care. Prior to the release of Compton: A Soundtrack, Dre stated that Detox had been scrapped in favour of this, an album Dre was inspired to make whilst working on the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Being in that kind of mindset and environment bodes well for the album to match up to his previous solo albums, both of which are hugely important to the landscape of hip-hop music today; with The G-Funk sound to The Chronic setting Dre apart from his counterparts of the time, and the masterful production of 2001 that was pushing the levels.
The opening track Talk About It, which features North Carolina MC King Mez and Texas' Justus, feels slightly underwhelming. The verses are cool and all, but it doesn't come with any replay value; the beat is anthemic enough to mark Dre's long awaited return, but the track is lacking that defining Dre characteristic. The following track Genocide definitely does captures that touch though. With an authentic west coast beat produced by Compton producer Dem Jointz, and a savage guest appearance from Kendrick Lamar, this track is an early highlight. It's All On Me, which features BJ The Chicago Kid and Justus on the chorus, is a passionate and soulful cut, with personal lyrics referencing events from early in Dre's career. All In A Day's Work, featuring Oxnard California's Anderson. Paak and Marsha Ambrosius features crisp drums and a great back and forth verse structure from Paak and Dre.
Loose Cannons is my favourite track. With a heavy Dre verse seeing him representing the city he's from, followed by a raw appearance from west coast veteran and Above The Law MC Cold 187um, before an intense and gritty beat change up for Xzibit. It's great to hear X to the Z proving that he's still in possession of one of the most effective flows and distinctive voices in rap. Sly Pyper also drops one of the best 8 bar verses I've ever heard, with a menacing presence and in-the-pocket flow. Ice Cube and Anderson. Paak feature on Issues, and the reunion between Cube and Dre, along with the pounding beat and cocky, west coast themed lyricism (with C-Walk references and WC shoutouts) make the track a memorable one. Deep Water, features another Kendrick appearance, who drops an inflamed and aggressive verse, as well as Justus, whose name is all over this album. The energetic and raw One Shot One Kill, which features Snoop Dogg and present day Aftermath signee Jon Connor (and no Dre vocals), is impressive. Snoop's verse is reminiscent of his style in his heyday, and Connor is a very talented writer. Just Another Day, another track without Dre, follows, and The Game absolutely kills it, with a variety of deliveries and flow patterns, and lyrics that fit the overarching 'Compton' theme of the album perfectly.
Continue reading: Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack - Album Review
The N.W.A. biopic saw off all competition for a second weekend in a row.
Straight Outta Compton is still sitting on top of the US box office, thanks to a second weekend which saw the biopic add $26.8 million to its total. The film, which tells the story of 90’s rap group N.W.A. easily surpassed its competition, which included three new releases.
Straight Outta Compton is still on top of the US box office.
Straight Outta Compton has already passed the $100 million mark after just two weeks of release and this weekend saw its total rise to $111.5 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The biopic also added around 200 more theatres for its second week, bringing the total to around 3,000.
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Dr. Dre has directly responded to allegations that he was violent towards women. The rap mogul issued a statement on Friday (21st August) in which he apologised to the women he’d hurt in the past.
Dr. Dre has issued an apology to the women he hurt in the past. The 50-year-old rapper and music mogul issued a statement in response to allegations that he was physically violent towards a number of women.
Dr. Dre has apologised to "the women I've hurt".
Singer Michel’le and journalist Dee Barnes have both accused Dr Dre of violent behaviour in the 1990s.
Two women who were allegedly assaulted by Dr Dre in the 1990s have spoken out about the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, saying it ignores the rapper’s abusive attitude towards women during his early career. Singer Michel’le, a former girlfriend and journalist Dee Barnes have both accused Dre of violence during the early 1990s.
Two women have spoken out over NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton
In a piece written for Gawker Barnes says she was attacked by Dre during a record-release party in January 1991. Dre pleaded no contest to the charges over the incident and he later settled out of court with Barnes after a civil lawsuit.
Dr Dre - Celebrities attend the Los Angeles Lakers vs Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball game at the Staples Centre. The Lakers beat the Mavericks by the final score of 101-81 - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 2nd April 2013
Dr Dre and Xzibit - Xzibit hosts the Official Bonita Platinum Tequila Red Carpet Launch Party in Las Vegas at Hyde Bellagio Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Saturday 2nd March 2013
Date of birth
18th February, 1965
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