Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre
Dr. Dre in 2011.jpg
Dr. Dre in 2011
Andre Romelle Young

(1965-02-18) February 18, 1965 (age 57)
Other names
  • Brickhard
  • The Mechanic
EducationJohn C. Fremont High School
  • Rapper
  • record producer
  • actor
  • entrepreneur
  • record executive
Years active1985–present
Nicole Plotzker
(m. 1996; div. 2021)
RelativesSir Jinx (cousin)
Warren G (step-brother)
Olaijah Griffin (step-nephew)
AwardsFull list
Musical career
  • Vocals
Formerly of

Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), known professionally as Dr. Dre, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur.[1][2]

He is the co-founder of Beats Electronics, which had been acquired in 2014 for $3.4 billion by technology giant Apple Inc.[3][4] He is also the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment after previously co-forming and owning Death Row Records.[5] His career began as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru in 1985[6] and later transitioned to the gangsta rap group N.W.A a year following. Dre was also credited as a key figure in the crafting and popularization of West Coast G-funk, a subgenre of hip hop characterized by a synthesizer foundation and slow, heavy beats.[7]

After departing from the disbanded N.W.A and Ruthless Records in 1991, Dre's solo debut studio album, The Chronic (1992), made him one of the best-selling American music artists of 1993.[8] It was supported by singles, "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" and "Let Me Ride"; the latter earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance. After a seven-year hiatus and issues with Death Row, he released a sophomore solo album, 2001, in late 1999.[9]

During the remainder of the 2000s, Dre focused on producing other artists, occasionally contributing vocals.[10][11] He signed, produced albums for and overseen the careers of various artists around his circle. Dre has also had minor acting roles in films such as Set It Off, The Wash, and Training Day. He has won six Grammy Awards, including one in 2000 for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Rolling Stone ranked him number fifty-six on the list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He was the second-richest figure in hip hop as of 2018 with an estimated net worth of $800 million.[12][13]

Despite his success as a musician, accusations of Dre's violence against women have been widely publicized from 1991 to 2019 and again in 2021. His victims include Dee Barnes,[14] Michel'le,[15] Lisa Johnson,[16] Tairrie B,[17] and his ex-wife Nicole Plotzker-Young.[18][19] Two weeks following the release of his third album and his first in sixteen years, Compton, in August 2015, he issued an apology to the women "I've hurt".[20][21]

  1. ^ Giacomazzo, Bernadette (October 8, 2021). "These Are The Business Moves That Made Dr. Dre One Of The Wealthiest Men In Hip-Hop". AfroTech. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  2. ^ "Dr Dre: His Net Worth and How He Makes His Money". Capitalism.com. October 13, 2021. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  3. ^ II, C. Vernon Coleman IIC Vernon Coleman. "Dr. Dre Sells Beats Brand to Apple for $3 Billion - Hip-Hop's Biggest Milestones in Music History". XXL Mag. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  4. ^ "Dr. Dre sells Beats Electronics to Apple for $3 billion". New York Daily News. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  5. ^ "Why Death Row Records Was Bound to Self-Destruct". Trapital by Dan Runcie. August 21, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "Dr. Dre Was In A Group Called World Class Wreckin Cru Before He Was In N.W.A. | DailyRapFacts". dailyrapfacts.com. September 18, 2019. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  7. ^ "What Was Dr. Dre's Role in Creating the Subgenre of G-Funk? | Britannica". www.britannica.com. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  8. ^ Grove, Rashad (December 12, 2021). "'The Chronic': How The West Coast Won With Dr Dre's G-Funk Masterpiece". uDiscover Music. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  9. ^ Allah, Sha Be (November 16, 2021). "The Source |Today In Hip Hop History: Dr. Dre Released His Sophomore Solo Album 'The Chronic 2001' 22 Years Ago". The Source. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  10. ^ Bailey, Jason. "A Brief History of Dr. Dre Not Releasing His Next Album". Flavorwire. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  11. ^ "6 Reasons Why Dr. Dre's 'Detox' Album Will Probably Never Come Out". yahoo.com. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  12. ^ Siegel, Tatiana (December 28, 2021). "Dr. Dre's Ex-Wife Scores Massive Divorce Settlement". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  13. ^ Greenburg, Zack O'Malley. "Dr. Dre's Net Worth: $800 Million In 2019". Forbes. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  14. ^ "Dee Barnes Recounts Vicious Dr. Dre Attack, Her Erasure From 'Straight Outta Compton'". Okayplayer. August 18, 2015. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  15. ^ Entertainment, Legal. "Surviving Defamation: Michel'le, Dr. Dre & The Law". Forbes. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  16. ^ "Dr. Dre: Woman Alleges Music Mogul Beat Her While Pregnant". EURweb. December 18, 2016. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  17. ^ Crawford, Byron (October 6, 2014). "Beatings By Dr. Dre". Medium. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  18. ^ Tomás Mier (January 13, 2021). "Dr. Dre's Estranged Wife Nicole Young Says He 'Held a Gun to My Head' Twice, Alleges Years of Abuse". People. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  19. ^ "Dr. Dre Accuses Estranged Wife Nicole Young of Making Up Abuse Claims to Get Money From Him". Complex. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  20. ^ "Dr. Dre: 'I apologize to the women I've hurt'". CBS News. Retrieved December 29, 2021.
  21. ^ "Michel'le, Dee Barnes Respond to Dr. Dre's Apology". Essence. Retrieved August 2, 2022.

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