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).
'The Pharmacy' will go out every other Saturday and will kick off on Saturday (July 4th) at 6pm EST / 10pm GMT.
Following his close collaboration with Apple in the recent past, Dr. Dre has announced that he’ll be hosting a new radio show on Apple Music starting tonight (Saturday July 4th).
The 50 year old former N.W.A. rapper and producer will be hosting a regular fortnightly show called ‘The Pharmacy’, apparently focussing on west coast hip-hop. It goes out on Beats 1 at 6pm EST (or 10pm GMT), and will last for one hour, with DJ Pooh, Eddie Francis and Wyann Vaughn all joining Dre in the studio.
Dr Dre will be hosting a fortnightly show on Beats 1
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We've finally got our first look at 'Straight Outta Compton'.
The first trailer for Straight Outta Compton rolled out online this week, giving fans the first look at the upcoming film based on the rise of NWA. The clip begins with an introduction featuring Ice Cube and Dr Dre, driving around the city and reminiscing on their formative years.
Straight Outta Compton hits theaters on August 14, 2015
After that, we take a journey back into the 1980s amidst the drugs and violence of Compton that helped bring together Cube, Dre, Eazy E, MC Ren and DJ Yella to make hip-hop history. The group were pioneers of gangsta rap and arguably became the most important group in the history of rap.
In the 1980s, the streets of Compton were brutal. Five friends were brought together by their raw talent for translating the struggles they faced into powerful, poetic music. As the group came together, adopting the name N.W.A., their world steadily began to change around them, becoming a far darker place. And with the release of one particularly controversial song in the wake of a horrific tragedy, N.W.A. were thrown into the public eye, and became the forerunners of a revolution. But looking back, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella still saw themselves as just a group of friends, straight outta Compton.
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Monster is suing Beats over its deals with HTC and Apple.
Audio giant Monster is suing Beats Electronics LLC - owned by Apple - over alleged "fraud and deceit" in the way that it gained control of the popular brand of Beats by Dre headphones. Monster and Beats formed a partnership in 2008 and developed a hugely successful line of high-end headphones.
Celebrities including Lady Gaga have endorsed Beats Headphones
According to a suit filed in San Mateo County Superior Court in California on Tuesday (January 6, 2014), Monster engineered the success of the headphones - worn by numerous celebrities - before being unfairly cut out when Beats was sold to Apple last year. The suit names Beats co-founders Jimmy Iovine and Dr Dre as well as HTC America Holdings Inc.
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The 49 year-old music mogul earned more than the combined earnings of the other 24 rappers who made the list.
When it comes to the world of hip-hop, there is only one king and his name is Dr. Dre! The American, rapper, producer, record label owner and entrepreneur recently eclipsed all competition when becoming No.1 on Forbes' 2014 Hip-Hop Cash Kings list.
Dr. Dre earned an estimated $620 million last year
The 49 year-old music mogul earned this title by raking in a whopping $620 million in the past twelve months, which the magazine calculated from his "income from touring, record sales, publishing, merchandise sales, endorsements, and other ventures."
Kendrick Lamar has debuted his new track 'i'
Kendrick Lamar has returned with his first single since 2012. Entitled 'i', the song samples The Isley Brothers' song 'That Lady', previously used in tracks by The Beastie Boys and Charles Hamilton. The song premiered on US radio station Power 106 on Tuesday morning (September 23, 2014).
Kendrick Lamar is back with a new single, 'i'
The song had a more upbeat, mainstream feel to the songs on Lamar's acclaimed album Good Kid Maad City and uses the 1973 soul hit as a driving base. It also features the sound of car horns and a jazz breakdown.
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The movie based on the influential rap group is scheduled for release next year.
The story of influential rap group N.W.A. is getting the Hollywood treatment, with biopic Straight Outta Compton about to begin production. With the main cast in place, this week the movie found itself in the headlines again after an offensively worded casting call was sent out looking for female extras. But a biopic about the godfather’s of gangster rap was alway going to incur some controversy and this probably won't be the last time the film makes headlines. While we’re still a year away from seeing Straight Outta Compton on our screens, here’s everything we know so far about the N.W.A. biopic.
The story of the legendary rap group is being made into a movie
Is the 'Straight Outta Compton' casting call racist, or just stupid?
Universal has apologized after an agency working on its behalf issued an offensive casting call for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, asking for woman in four different categories based on their attractiveness and ethnicity.
Sande Alessi Casting posted the open call earlier this week, inviting L.A based woman to audition in one of four categories. The call, quoted by Gawker.com, requested A, B, C or D girls. It read:
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Sound problems plagued the Detroit rapper's return to the Big Smoke
Eminem didn’t want to perform at Wembley Stadium, the 90,000-seater home of the English national football team. Instead, he wanted to be part of the Hyde Park British Summertime lark but was refused due to the content of his lyrics.
Eminem performs at the MTV Movie Awards 2014 (Getty/Christopher Polk)
And Wembley stadium didn’t want Eminem to attempt to fill it either, despite being used to the fruity vernacular of the Detroit rapper - his first gig in the capital since 2001 will forever be remembered for sound issues.
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There you go, Londoners. Eminem at Wembley.
So Eminem is still a thing. Despite the rapper’s career deflating slightly after the 00s, he is still big. Big enough to fill Wembley Arena with screaming fans. In fact, Slim set sort of a record Friday, being the first rapper to ever perform at the massive London venue. Technically, he shared the honour with Dr. Dre, since the rapper/producer joined his former protégé for a couple of songs. Dre treated fans to a couple of vintage track, including Still Dre, Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang and Forgot About Dre.
At 41, Eminem is still going strong and powering through shows.
And he wasn’t the only one helping out Eminem at Wembley. The rapper also brought out Danny Brown and Odd Future to open for him. So overall, it sounds like fans got more than they bargained for with the gig. There was a clear theme to the show, the same one Slim’s been playing on for a couple of albums now: do not mess with Marshall Mathers. He opened with a triple hit of Bad Guy, Square Dance and 3AM.
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The NWA biopic, ‘Straight Outta Compton’, has a release date and a first-look picture courtesy of the collective’s most successful solo breakout artist, Dr Dre. He announced on Twitter that the Universal project will be released on 14 August 2015.
The film will tell the story of the seminal hip-hop group which was made up of Dr Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the late Eazy E. Dr Dre and Eazy E will be played by newcomer actors Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, while Ice Cube's son will take on the role of his father.
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Apple is close to tying up a deal for Beats.
Technology giants Apple are hoping to wrap up a $3.2 billion deal to buy Dr Dre's Beats Electronics, according to various media reports. Negotiations are thought to be at an advanced stage and a deal could be confirmed as soon as next week.
Dr Dre Is Selling Beats
Should the deal go through, it will be Apple's biggest ever acquisition. It is being seen as a move by Apple to get a stronger foothold in the phone and music accessories market and the company has actually be selling Beats headphones in its stores for some time.
Dr. Dre has become hip hop's first billionaire, slightly re-organising Forde's five richest hip hop artists.
We hope there's no hard feelings! Dr Dre has overtaken Sean Combs AKA Puff Daddy (or is it P. Diddy, or Puffy, or Diddy?) to become hip hop’s richest man. The rapper has finalised a deal with Apple to sell his stake in Beats Electronics, which will give him a personal fortune of $800 million. Apple are allegedly purchasing Beats Electronics, which produce the popular Beats headphones, for $3.2 billion.
49 year old Dr Dre has become hip hop's first billionaire earner
Upon hearing the news Dre picked up a few bottles of champagne and headed down to the studio with friends Tyrese and F. Gary Gray, where he partied the night away, at one point announcing, “The first billionaire in hop hop…right here from, the mother f**king West Coast!”
Dr Dre just spent $40 million on a house - and not just any house.
Dr Dre has lodged on offer of around $40 million for Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen's Los Angeles mansion, according to TMZ.com. Tom and supermodel Gisele listed the 18,700 sq. ft Brentwood estate for $50 million after barely spending any time living in the place. They basically built the house from scratch, spending $11.75 million on the building in 2008 before severely redesigning the place to their own tastes.
Dr Dre Has Spent $40 Million on Tom Brady's Place
Insiders say there were "multiple interested parties ready to put offers on the house" but Dre swooped first with a solid offer, which Tom and Gisele decided to accept. Sources say the deal is not yet closed, but it's very close.
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