Romelle Young a.k.a. Dr. Dre has been blessing the
rap game with his skills and dedication since the
early 80s. Over time he has defined his own unique
style and sound into the rap culture and for over
a span of two decades, he has continued to grace his
fans with the presence of his music.
only child born to two teenagers from California,
Theodore and Verna who were 17 and 16 when they had
Andre in 1965, the two were married a year before
Andre was born and divorced by the time he was three.
Soon after, his mother re-married and birthed three
siblings for Andre. Two sons named Jerome and Tyree
and one daughter named Shameka, both of Dre's brothers
are now deceased. In the late 70s, Andre's got mother
married one more time to Warren Griffin, whom she
met at her job in Long Beach. This union brought about
three step-siblings for Andre, two sisters and one
brother named Warren Griffin III, who would later
become rapper Warren G. Andre attended Centennial
High School in Compton in 1979 but later transferred
to Freemont High School because of poor grades. He
was interested in an apprenticeship program at Northrop
Aviation Company but his low grades from school made
him ineligible. So from that point on, Andre focused
on entertainment and his social life for the rest
of his high school career.
Dre's career started when he came across Grandmaster
Flash's song "The Adventures Grandmaster Flash
on the Wheels of Steel" and the rest would later
be noted in history books of rap music. This new found
inspiration brought Dre to the Eve After Dark club,
where he watched other DJs and rappers perform. Later
Dre would become the house DJ, under the name Dr.
J after his favorite basketball player, Julius Erving.
While mixing at the club Dre met Antoine Carraby,
later known as DJ Yella of N.W.A. Soon after Andre
changed his named to Dr. Dre because he referred to
himself as the "master of mixology". In
1984, Dre's career took a turn for the better when
he joined the group World
Class Wreckin' Cru. The "cru" became famous
in the electro-hop scene of the early 80s on the west
coast. "Surgery", their first smash hit
featured Dr. Dre on the turntables and sold over 50,000
copies in the Compton area. Dr Dre and DJ Yella also
mixed for local radio station, KDAY during the rush
hour show The Traffic Jam. Now even though Dr. Dre
was finally starting to live his dream, he never gave
up on pursing his educational needs. In the mean time,
Dre attended school for radio broadcasting but soon
dropped out to continue performing at the night club
he worked at, Eve's After Dark.
the late 80s, a new genre of rap music was brewing
and it soon takes the world by storm. Dr Dre meets
a local rapper by the name of Ice Cube; they wasted
no time going into the lab and collaborating on a
new record for Ruthless Records, ran by gritty up
and coming rapper, Eazy-E. N.W.A (Niggas with Attitudes)
was formed and "gangsta rap" was born. Along
side fellow west coast rapper, Ice-T, the new style
of rap was literally a forced to be reckoned with.
They would be the biggest thing to hit rap since The
Sugar Hill Gang but their plateau of success would
soon come crumbling down from internal beef within
the crew itself. "Bad blood" doesn't even
began to describe how ugly things got between Eazy-E
and Dr Dre, when the shots were fired and the dust
cleared, too much damage had been done to turn back.
So in 1991 with some advice from fellow label mate
D.O.C., Dr. Dre took the necessary precautions to
leave Ruthless Records for good.
bodyguard at the time Marion "Suge" Knight,
convinced Eazy-E to release Dre from his contract,
Suge would then come to use Dr. Dre as the flagship
artist on his very own newly founded Death Row Records
in 1992. Dr. Dre released his first solo project The
Chronic, the album had several number one hits, plus
Dr. Dre brought forth a new style of rap with the
Chronic, when it came to lyrical content and musical
style. Death Row was a powerhouse in the rap game,
a label that any and almost every rapper wanted to
be on. The label headed up an all star cast that consisted
of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac
and this was
just to name a few but all good things sadly had to
come to an end. A very short three years later, Dr.
Dre would find himself in the middle of more public
and very intense feud with fellow label mate Tupac.
Several events and public outbursts would lead up
to the straw that eventually broke the camel's back.
This forced Dr. Dre to leave Death Row Records in
1995, while he proceeds to start his own record label.
Records became a reality in 1996, where Dr. Dre released
his second album Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath, along
side a few new signed artist to the label. The first
track "Been There, Done That" was intended
to be Dr. Dre's ode to gangsta rap. Even though the
album was certified platinum, it was not all that
popular amongst rap music fans. Dre later dropped
another album 2001, this album also brought Dr. Dre
much success, and it reached #2 on Billboard 200 with
such bangers as "Still D.R.E." and "Forgot
About Dre". Now Dre would drop out of the limelight
of being a rap artist, in order to focus strictly
on production. From 2001 until 2008 Dr. Dre would
only focus on working behind the scenes for various
artists. These years of production would bring Dr.
Dre a substantial amount of success. He signed a rapper
from Detroit named Marshall Mathers a.k.a. Eminem,
whose debut album was proven to be the fastest selling
rap album of all time, moving 1.76 million units in
its first week of sales. During that same time period
Dr. Dre also produced tracks for Mary J. Blige and
Gwen Stefani, he also signed Truth Hurts, a female
R&B singer to the Aftermath label. Come 2005,
Dr. Dre started to see his hard work pay off ten times
over when his artist Eminem signed New York rapper
50 Cent. From there 50 Cent would sign Los Angeles
rapper The Game and rap group G-Unit
rest is history. Multi-platinum records bring in multi-millions
in revenue and Dr. Dre was sitting at the top of one
the most successful rapper pyramids ever! Along side
his labels success, was his outside success with other
major league rappers such as Raekwon, Young Buck,
Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z and Timbaland. Dr. Dre did all of
this production work, while at the same time becoming
executive producer over Eminem's and 50 Cent's albums.
Dre has also ventured into acting over the last decade
with roles in Set It Off, The Wash and Training Day.
He is slated to produce several horror and dark comedies
for New Line Cinema as of 2007. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre
have also teamed up to co-produce a biographical film
about N.W.A. titled Straight Outta Compton. Dr. Dre
is quit the entrepreneur too, with his very own line
of signature high performance headphones, Beats by
Dr. Dre. The headphone line consists of an extensive
and vast inventory within own. He is also planning
to premiere his own Aftermath Cognac and Vodka. In
2009, Dr. Dre and HP teamed up to release Beats by
Dr. Dre with the sale of all laptops and headsets.
The laptop is known as HP ENVY 15 Beats limited, it
costs around $2300 and comes with Dr. Dre's signature
Dre has worked with an endless amount producers and
has an unprecedented amount of collaborations under
his belt. Even though Dr. Dre has more than enough
skills cross the board in the rap game, it is no secret
that on every one of his projects
that he has
ghostwriters. Most of Dr. Dre's raps are written for
him but he retains ultimate control over his lyrics
and themes of his songs. To his fellow artists, Dre
is known as a "perfectionist" and will pressure
the artist with whom he records to give flawless performances.
Downside to this is that many artists have been singed
to the Aftermath label but never released albums.
"My greatest talent is knowing exactly what I
want to hear" says Dr. Dre.
is Dr. Dre's latest and final album that he has been
working on and putting off at the same time since
the album was finally released in 2011.
The first single "Kush" was a top 40 hit
and the second single "I Need a Doctor"
peaked at #4 on Billboard Hot 100. The third single,
"The Psycho" featuring 50 Cent is set to
be released sometime this year respectively.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
will honor Dr. Dre with its Founders Award for inspiring
Dre is the epitome of an all around artist in the
music industry, from producing to writing; he's also
a rapper and a record executive. Dr. Dre has worked
with countless artists, in various genres of music
the board. Despite countless public and private quarrels
and struggles, Dr. Dre has managed to stay afloat
and keep his head above water. Through it all, he
has never given up on his passion