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For all the bluster and mythmaking that’s been spun over the 25-odd years of the partnership between Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, it’s easy for longtime observers to forget the fact that this odd couple really does have a remarkable story.
That oddness wasn’t lost on HBO or director Allen Hughes, whose documentary on the two, “The Defiant Ones,” premieres on July 9. The doc focuses on the relationship between Iovine and Dre, who came from very different background but clicked on a level that transcended race, age and experience — and not only changed the sound of hip-hop with Dre’s “The Chronic” album, released through Interscope Records when Iovine was chief of the label, but also with Beats by Dre headphones, which has become a kingdom within Apple’s empire including Beats 1 radio and more.
“We both grew up racially charged neighborhoods,” Iovine said at a Television Critics Association press tour earlier this year »
- Jem Aswad and Cynthia Littleton
2 Chainz and Allen Iverson have lavish taste buds ... Especially when it comes to their booze. We got a hold of the rapper and the NBA legend's rider for the bash they're hosting at Republic in New Orleans for NBA All-Star weekend, and the duo is damn clear about 1 thing -- ballers only chug, mix and spray the best liquor. 2 Chainz demands 4 bottles of Ace of Spades, 3 bottles of Dom Perignon and 3 bottles of Ciroc, different flavors. »
- TMZ Staff
Jake Wilson Feb 28, 2017
Mark Wahlberg is a man of many talents. His rhymes are fresh, his frown is legendary, and it turns out he’s pretty decent in a bout of fisticuffs.
And then there's his acting. He has been in a wealth of films, usually fighting for, or alongside, the American flag. He's a gun-toting ass-kicker, and the world seems to dig it.
This is his game, his brand. Wahlberg moves between moral, no-nonsense cop and powerful, maverick law breaker and whilst he doesn’t always play armed characters, it is through these films that we can see the strands that »
After 40-plus years in the music business, a man’s gonna have some stories. Veteran music mogul Jimmy Iovine, now head of Apple Music, charmed the Television Critics Association press tour crowd on Saturday with tales of his time in the trenches with everyone from Dr. Dre to John Lennon to U2.
Iovine’s partnership with Dre is the subject of the HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” directed by Allen Hughes and set to premiere in the spring. Iovine recalled his first meeting with Dre, not long after Iovine had launched his Interscope Records banner in 1989. What impressed him most was the quality of the sound Dre managed to capture on his landmark Death Row Records recording “The Chronic.”
The low frequencies emanating from the subwoofers that help define the hip-hop had been a huge challenge to capture as a recording. But to Iovine, “Chronic” sounded like “Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ or ‘Sgt. Pepper »
- Cynthia Littleton
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