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).
Dre and Jimmy Iovine must pay over $25 million to Steven Lamar, a former business partner who helped come up with the Beats By Dre headphone design.
Dr. Dre and fellow music mogul Jimmy Iovine have been ordered to pay $25.2 million to one of their former business partners after losing a lawsuit regarding their headphone company, Beats By Dre.
A man named Steven Lamar had claimed credit for the idea of issuing a brand of celebrity-endorsed headphones. He originally took the idea to established music partners Dre (real name Andre Young) and Jimmy Iovine back in 2006, with the first Beats headphones released two years later based on a design by Robert Brunner.
The parties later fell out over the issue of royalties, and in 2016 sued Dre and Iovine for unpaid income.
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The rapper and producer had filed an objection to a Pennsylvania-based gynaecologist who is looking to trademark the name 'Dr. Drai'.
He may be one of the wealthiest hip-hop stars in the world, but Dr. Dre has lost a court case regarding a trademark dispute with a gynaecologist who has a similar name.
The case was lodged first back in 2015, when Pennsylvania-based gynaecologist Draion M. Burch attempted to trademark the name ‘Dr. Drai’. Rap star Dr. Dre – real name Andre Young – objected by launching a lawsuit, arguing that the similarity between their names would cause “confusion”, particularly as the medical practitioner was wanting to sell audio books and seminars under that name.
However, the US trademark office has rejected Dr. Dre’s claim and dismissed the case. It ruled last week that, while the names were indeed similar, the hip-hop star had failed to demonstrate that people would reasonably be misled into buying Dr. Drai’s products.
Continue reading: Dr. Dre Loses Trademark Lawsuit Against Gynaecologist With Similar Name
Jigga upped his net worth by around 10% over the last 12 months to $900 million, displacing Sean 'Diddy' Combs from the Forbes list.
The magazine reported on Thursday (March 1st) that the 48 year old rapper – who welcomed twins roughly a year ago with his wife Beyonce and released his latest album 4:44 - had a net worth of $900 million, increasing his wealth over the last 12 months by an estimated $90 million.
That increase was largely derived from the booming value of his interests in Armand de Brignac champagne and D’Ussé cognac, as well as ownership stakes in record label Roc Nation and his Tidal music streaming service.
Continue reading: Jay Z Named World's Richest Rapper By Forbes
Eminem has revealed he and Dr. Dre worked on a couple of songs that weren't included on 'Revival', but he'd like to revisit them in the future.
The 'Love The Way You Lie' hitmaker's long time collaborator wasn't as involved with making the beats for the 45-year-old rapper's latest record, which was released on Friday (15.12.17), but Eminem has hinted the tracks they did start on together may be ''revisited'' further down the line.
Speaking on his SiriusXM Shade45 channel, Eminem explained: ''There's a couple of tracks that I do have that I might revisit and check them out.
Continue reading: Eminem And Dr Dre Have Worked On Unheard Tracks
Kendrick Lamar admits he thought he was being pranked when Dr. Dre reached out to him for the first time.
The 'Loyalty' hitmaker couldn't believe it when he spoke to the legendary rapper and thought it was all a joke, s
He said: ''I was on tour with my brother Jay Rock, and I was his hype man. I wasn't the main attraction. I was just there to get the crowd ready, get my own thing out, support my bro at the same time. It was Tech N9ne's tour ...
Continue reading: Kendrick Lamar Thought Dr Dre Phone Call Was Prank
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
Continue reading: Suge Knight Claims Dr. Dre TWICE Hired A Hitman To Kill Him
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.
Continue reading: Dr Dre Sued By Former Manager Over 'Straight Outta Compton' Portrayal
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.
Continue reading: Sean 'Diddy' Combs Revealed As Highest-Earning Hip-Hop Star Of 2015
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.
Continue reading: 'Straight Outta Compton' Top US Box Office For Third Straight Week
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 - Xzibit hosts the Official Bonita Platinum Tequila Red Carpet Launch Party in Las Vegas at Hyde Bellagio Resort and Casino - Las Vegas, NV, United States - Saturday 2nd March 2013
Dr Dre Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Beats by Dr. Dre celebrate CES with an after-party at Marquee nightclub with special performances by ZEDD with Rick Ross Thursday 10th January 2013
Dr Dre and his wife Nichole Threatt leaving Nobu at Cross Creek Saturday 17th May 2008 Dr Dre and his wife Nichole Threatt leaving Nobu at Cross Creek Malibu, California
Date of birth
18th February, 1965
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