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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 18 February 1965Los Angeles, California, USA
Birth NameAndre Romell Young
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Considered by many to be hip-hop's greatest producer, Dr. Dre (b. André Young, February 18, 1965) pioneered gangsta hip-hop and his own variation of the sound, dubbed G-Funk. His very early albums were violent but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with NWA celebrated the hedonistic, amoralistic side of gang life. Being around during the birth of west coast hip-hop during the early 1980s, Dre found himself performing at house parties and clubs with the World Class Wreckin' Cru around South-Central Los Angeles. Wearing a Doctor's mask when he preformed, he called himself Dr. Dre, Dre being a nickname from André. In 1986, Dre met Ice Cube. Instantly becoming good friends, the two MCs began writing songs for Ruthless Records, a label started by former drug pusher Eazy-E. Initially they were rejected by the record-buying public, but Eazy formed NWA', with Dre, Cube, and newcomers M.C. Ren and DJ Yella, releasing their first album in 1987. Then, in 1989, with distribution from Bryan Turner and his Priority Records label (now a part of EMI), N.W.A. delivered "Straight Outta Compton," a vicious, violent, and misogynistic record that became an underground hit with virtually no support from radio, the press, or the still hip-hop-free MTV. N.W.A. became notorious for their violent lyrics, which resulted in the FBI sending a warning letter to Ruthless and its distributor, Priority Records, suggesting that the group should watch their step. Dre would have several bad falls with the police during his life. While it seemed that the group was strong, Ice Cube suddenly departed in late 1989 amidst many financial disagreements with Dre. Suddenly the the music was in Dre's hands. Dre left the group the next year to form Death Row Records with Marion 'Suge' Knight. Knight held NWA's manager at gunpoint and threatening to kill him if he refused to let Dre out of his contract. Dre didn't know how he got out, nor did he care, he was making music. Then Dre discovered Snoop Dogg through his stepbrother 'Warren G', and he immediately began working with the brilliantly talented MC. Snoop would become great friends with the Doctor and was on Dre's 1992 debut "The Chronic" as much as Dre himself. But trouble was soon to follow. Dre grew frustrated with Knight's strong-arm techniques. At the time, Death Row was devoting itself to Tupac Shakur's label debut, "All Eyez on Me," and Snoop was busy recovering from his draining murder trial. Dre, fed up, left the label in the summer of 1996 to form Aftermath, declaring gangsta hip-hop was dead. Soon thereafter, both 2Pac and The Notorious B.I.G. were murdered, putting a sudden end to the East Side/West Side hip-hop war, and Suge was later arrested and sent to prison. It would be at least three years before anything big came out of the great producer. It wasn't until he began working on his 2001 album, and discovering an underground MC by the name of Eminem that Dre would make his comeback.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Rod Reece

Spouse (1)

Nicole Threatt (May 1996 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Frequently works with Snoop Dogg.
Pressures himself and the people he works with to give flawless performances

Trivia (19)

Reconciled with fellow MC/actor Ice Cube in 1993. Ice Cube left NWA in 1990 after a dispute with Ruthless Records heads Jerry Heller and Eazy-E.
Left Death Row Records in 1995
His stepbrother, Warren G., played a demo tape of Snoop Dogg at a party, which prompted Dre to record the title theme for the film Deep Cover (1992), which appeared during the end credits.
First hip-hop artist to gain mainstream acceptance with gangsta music with the album "The Chronic" (1992).
Assaulted TV hostess Dee Barnes (Pump It Up (1989)) in retaliation to her interviewing Ice Cube, where he made a derogatory comment against NWA (at the time, the album "Efil4zaggin" debuted at #1). [1991]
Father of Curtis Young, from a teenage relationship, Marcel (b. 1991), with singer Michel'le, son Truth (b. 1997) and daughter Truly (b. 2001).
Credited for discovering rapper Eminem.
21st February 2001: Became the first hip-hop producer to win a Grammy for Producer of The Year. He was also nominated for four other awards including: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the track "Forget About Dre" with Eminem.
Won an MTV Music Video Award in 1995 for the hit single "Keep Their Heads Ringin." The music video starred Chris Tucker, who steals and pilots a Boeing 747.
He was voted the 54th Greatest Rock 'n' Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.
Ranked #7 on VH1's 50 Greatest Hip Hop Artists.
Son, André Romelle Young Jr., passed away on 23 August 2008, at their Woodland Hills, CA home.
Father of Curtis Young.
Father of actress Tyra Young.
His third studio album "Detox" was announced in 2001. Numerous release dates have been announced over the years but resulted in delays and as of 2014 the album remains unreleased.
Became an employee of Apple Inc. on May 28, 2014 after it was announced that Apple will purchase his company Beats Electronics.
Founded the record label Aftermath Entertainment in 1998.
Founded Beats Electronics with Jimmy Iovine.
One of his half-brothers, Tyree, was killed in a street fight on June 25, 1989.

Personal Quotes (27)

[asked if he thought that Eminem's being white would affect his being signed by Dre's record label Aftermath] I don't care if he's purple, as long as he can rap!
I got Ice Cube his start. I also launched Eazy-E. There ain't no question that NWA became what it was in large part because of my music and my producing. Me and Eazy had agreed from Jump Street that we was to be partners. Now Eazy says he's the owner of the record company, Ruthless. Well, let him own it then. But I was never supposed to be signed to him or owned by him.
[about the misogyny in his songs) Black women are the strongest, most hardworking people on earth. The shit I talk on records about black women is just that: shit.
The only two things that scare me are God and the IRS.
I'm never gonna stop music, it's like air to me.
I am never going to give music up.
You got to realise that when I was 20 years old, I had a house, a Mercedes, a Corvette and a million dollars in the bank before I could buy alcohol legally.
People are always coming up to me, thinking I've got some magic wand that can make them a star and I want to tell them that no one can do that. Making hit records is not that easy. But it took me time to realize that myself.
When I think of the future, I think a lot of Quincy Jones and how he is an inspiration. Look at the quality of his work over so many years. He didn't even make his best record, 'Thriller,' until he was 50. That gives me something to look forward to. Nothing pulls you back into the studio more than the belief that your best record is still ahead.
I've looked at pictures that my mom has of me, from when I was four years old at the turntable. I'm there, reaching up to play the records. I feel like I was bred to do what I do. I've been into music, and listening to music and critiquing it, my whole life.
I just want to get my music out and make sure that it's heard in the right way.
Black women are the strongest most hardworking people on earth.
I always loved the way music made me feel. I did sports at school and all, but when I got home, it was just music. Everybody in my neighborhood loved music. I could jump the back fence and be in the park where there were ghetto blasters everywhere.
When the ideas are coming, I don't stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn't come along all the time.
Engineering and mixing are absolutely key. Once a song is done, for me personally, it's usually two or three days to get the mix down.
I had fun doing it, but acting ain't really my thing. I am more of a production/director type. I would rather be behind the scenes and organizing and putting things together like that.
I'd rather deal with Tipper than Bush. He's trying to kill everybody in jail.
Anyone that's trying to do something to improve sound... that's all good.
Before now, I've always taken my mixes out to the car and listened to them in the parking lot. I still do that, but more so now I'm listening to it on the Beat box, and I think people should give it at least a listen and check it out and see what it is.
Mission accomplished, we didn't have any problems as far as violence goes.
In fact, I would advise against anyone doing reality shows. I won't be doing 'X Factor' just yet.
I'm gonna try and change the course of hip hop again.
(2013) I don't even listen to the records after they come out. It's outlawed in my house. My wife and my kids can't play any of my music around me. Once it comes out, for me, it's just business. Numbers.
I believe in reincarnation, and I believe I've lived quite a few lives. I was at this party and there was this psychic, this little old lady with a flower in her hair. I don't believe in that stuff. I'm the biggest skeptic. But, hey, it was a party, and I decided to sit down with her. She looked right through me, kind of freaked me out. She did past-life regression. She started telling me things that I really believe. She's telling me that I've been back several times before. She says, "This is the last time you have to come back. You don't have to come back anymore if you don't want to." I was taking it as entertainment. But something inside me was saying, Hmmm.
(2013) My mother got pregnant with me at the age of fifteen. This was '64, and unheard of at that time. She was told, "You're fucking your life up. You won't be shit-and your kid won't be shit." Everyone was trying to convince her to get an abortion. She wouldn't. So it was always embedded in my head as a child that I have to be a success, because those people cannot be right.
(2013) I've gone seventy-nine hours without sleep, creating. When that flow is going, it's almost like a high. You don't want it to stop. You don't want to go to sleep for fear of missing something.
(2013) It's always weird when people approach me to make an investment. I tell them, "I don't need any more money. I'm good." Then I wait for their expression. That part is entertaining, because people look at you like you're crazy when you say you don't need any more money. Who says that?

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