The Story of Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre’s journey to success was not an easy one. It is a rags to riches story as with most African American rappers.

But besides his singing and producing career and being a mogul in the industry, Dr. Dre’s net worth was enhanced even further when he founded Beats Entertainment. He has done so along with record producer Jimmy Iovine. The line first introduced the Beats by Dre headphones and later moved on to many other music related products. The success was so vast that their brand was bought by Apple in 2014 for $3 billion. After selling the brand, Dr. Dre’s net worth rose to $800 million, cementing him as the richest rapper in history, according to Forbes.

Dr. Dre is currently leading a steady life with his wife, Nicole Threatt, whom he married in 1996. They have two children together, a son name Truth and a daughter named Truly.

Coming from Compton, California, there was not much one could do and strive to achieve. Education was not something that she saw fitting for him and would disregard it from the start. But luckily, young Andre Young found solace in music.

Dr. Dre is from a musical family, and both his mother and father have had their own groups in the past, so he also started getting interested in music himself. He was inspired initially by the work of Grandmaster Flash, particularly the song called “The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash on the Wheels of Steel.”

Andre started hitting the clubs and he got his first chance in one of L.A.’s nightclubs called “Eve After Dark.” He started turning tables there under the name Dr. J at first, which was inspired by his favorite basketball players Julius Irving. He would later adopt the name that he has now, Dr. Dre, the baster of Mixology.

While working the nightclubs, Andre met Antoine Carraby, also known as DJ Yella. This is when Andre Young started calling himself Dr. Dre and with DJ Yella they started working together and recorded their first song titled “Surgery.” Dre would then join the World Class Wreckin’ Cru and they formed a band which dominated the electro-hop genre, with Dr. Dre working the turntables. The song “Surgery” would become their first major song and most successful single.

In 1985, Dr. Dre met up with O’Shea Jackson, also known as Ice-T. They started making records and collaborating under the Ruthless Records label and also meet up with another rapper from the same branch, Easy E. Although, Dr. Dre was more of an artist and concentrated on mixing the music, it was the powerful lyrics that Ice-T and East E brought to the table that would steer them to success.

The two were highly regarded as pioneers of a new subgenre of rap, called gangsta rap, which was a much more powerful form of expression which was inspired by a lot of profanity in their lyrics but also freedom of speech. Dr. Dre along with Ice-T and Easy-E would also be joined with the already mentioned DJ Yella, MC Ren, The Arabian Prince and D.O.C. to form the super group and the first gangasta rap group of the time N.W.A., which was short for Niggaz With Attitude.

The group made great success and their second album “Straight Outta Compton” was praised commercially and is one of the most important albums of the genre. Their song “F**CK the Police” also rich cult success and great following among the fans. But things eventually started going south as strife started to develop between Ice-T and the group. He would leave the group first in 1989 because of financial disputes. Dr. Dre would also leave and continue on his own. He joined Death Row Rerecords in 1991.

This was a new era for Dr. Dre so he started off his solo career pretty well. He had success with other member of the Death Row Records and had particular success and collaboration with a then young Snoop Dog, with whom he released a single titled “Deep Cover.” In 1992, he would release his first solo album “Chronic.” This was the time when Dr. Dre started hitting it off big and it contributed to the development of his career even further.

Since Dr. Dre was very influential with producing and has started the career of many young talents on Ruthless Records, eh continued doing so on Death Row as well. He helped Snoop Dog launch his debut album “Doggystyle” and Tupac Shakur’s “All Eyez on Me.”

The same year when Tupac’s album was released, Dr. Dre decided to leave as the violence between the East and the West was getting bigger and harder. It resulted in death of Tupac himself and also rapper Biggie Smalls. Dr. Dre then pulled perhaps his most lucrative move and founded his own label, Aftermath Entertainment in connection with Interscope Records.

Dr. Dre would achieve great success as he singed a number of young and very influential artists, like Eminem and 50 Cent, who reached perhaps the greatest heights under the tutelage of Dr. Dre and his brand. He was first thwarted by the public for singing on a white rapper, but the move would prove to be his most important moved as Eminem became the most influential figure ever singed by the label. Dr. Dre helped produce albums such as “The Slim Shady LP” (1999) and “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000). He also made 50 Cents a star and proceed the infamous “Get Rich or Die Trying” album in 2003.


Dr. Dre and his wife Nicole Threatt

Dr. Dre would had various altercations with the law. As a young man growing up in Compton he was arrested numerous times for petty crime. But as he grew older he would start committing crimes which affected his career. One such incident was his repeated violence against women. His assault on Denise Barnes, his former love interest, would affect his entire career and it was a court case which lasted for a long time.

After focusing on production during the majority of his career, Dr. Dre released “Detox” which he stated would be his final album. The album was released in 2007, but only three years later he would comeback with “The Planets.” This was an instrumental album which song names were titled based on the planets in our solar system.

In 2015, after the success of the movie “Straight Out of Compton” which depicted the lives of all the member of N.W.A., the biopic movie reached immense commercial success. Dr. Dre released his final album simply titled “Compton” which would be his final piece of solo work. He actually combined that the album was inspired by his time spent on the TV set while filming the movie.

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