Andre 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.

The 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.

Dr. 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.

In 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.

Dre's 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.

Aftermath 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…and the 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.

Dr. 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 headphones.

Dr. 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.

Detox is Dr. Dre's latest and final album that he has been working on and putting off at the same time since 2002…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.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers will honor Dr. Dre with its Founders Award for inspiring other musicians.

Dr. 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…across 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…music.

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