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Dr. Dre

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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.  See full bio on IMDb »

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Suge Knight -- Sues Dr. Dre ... He Hired a Hitman to Kill Me

Suge Knight
Sues Dr. Dre He Hired a Hitman to Kill Me

Dr. Dre hired a hitman to off Suge Knight, and it's all over Beats By Dre ... so claims Suge in a new lawsuit. Suge says he had a lifetime management deal with Dre, which entitled him to a 30% cut… READ MORE >

Michel'le -- Not Sweating Dre's Legal Threat ... My Movie Only Shows the Truth (TMZ LIVE)

Michel'le
Not Sweating Dre's Legal Threat Movie Only Shows the Truth

R&B singer Michel'le and Lifetime refuse to change a frame of her upcoming TV movie ... despite Dr. Dre's threat to sue if it makes him look like a woman abuser. "Surviving Compton:… READ MORE >

- 56 days ago
Dr. Dre -- Threatens Sony ... If You Make Me Out as a Woman Beater, I'll Sue

Dr. Dre
Threatens Sony If You Make Me Out as a Woman Beater, I'll Sue

Dr. Dre has delivered a clear threat over an upcoming TV movie that shows him beating his ex-GF senseless ... he's threatening to sue if it airs.  Sony Pictures is set to release… READ MORE >

- 60 days ago
Ice Cube & Dr. Dre -- Cleared in Wrongful Death Suit ... Suge Knight Still Fighting

Ice Cube & Dr. Dre
Cleared in Wrongful Death ... Suge Still Fighting

Good news for Ice Cube and Dr. Dre -- they've been dismissed from the wrongful death lawsuit that had been filed against them and Suge Knight for the death of Terry Carter. A court ruled Cube and… READ MORE >

- 62 days ago
Snoop, Suge, & Dre Sued -- Ain't No Fun ... If They Take Our Money!!

Snoop, Suge & Dre Sued
Ain't No Fun ... If They Take Our Money!!

Snoop Dogg, Suge Knight, Dr. Dre, Nate Dogg, Kurupt and Warren G jacked the hook to Snoop's 1993 classic, "Ain't No Fun (If The Homies Can't Have None)" ... according to 2 far less known rappers.… READ MORE >

- 125 days ago
Dr. Dre -- D.A. Rejects Gun Case After Citizen's Arrest

Dr. Dre
D.A. Rejects Gun Case After Citizen's Arrest

Dr. Dre just emerged victorious in the showdown with that guy who accused him of pulling a gun ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us the L.A. County District Attorney has already… READ MORE >

- 133 days ago
Jerry Heller -- Even I'm with Dre ... '**** tha Police' for Malibu Search (VIDEO)

N.W.A.'s Jerry Heller
Even I'm With Dre ... '**** tha Police' for Malibu Search

Jerry Heller -- former N.W.A. manager and longtime foe of Dr. Dre -- is calling BS over the rap mogul's run-in with police in Malibu. We got Jerry in Bev Hills and the way he sees it ... the… READ MORE >

- 134 days ago
Dr. Dre -- Searched By Cops in Alleged Racial Road Rage Case (PHOTO + VIDEO)

Dr. Dre
Searched By Cops in Alleged Racial Road Rage Case

Dr. Dre got cuffed and patted down by Sheriff's deputies outside his Malibu home after an alleged road rage dispute over a guy blocking his driveway ... TMZ has learned. Sources close to Dre tell… READ MORE >

- 135 days ago
50 Cent & Dr. Dre Sued -- They Straight Pimped 'P.I.M.P.' From Me!

50 Cent & Dr. Dre Sued
They Straight Pimped 'P.I.M.P.' From Me!

50 Cent needs to pass some of his pimp juice to a producer who says "P.I.M.P." was jacked from him ... and he's looking for compensation. Brandon Parrott says he sent 10 tracks to Dr. Dre in… READ MORE >

- 173 days ago
Death Row Records -- Big Rappers Screwed Out of Millions in Bankruptcy

Death Row Records
Big Rappers Screwed Out of Millions in Bankruptcy

The bankruptcy of Death Row Records is over ... the person handling the case has submitted a final report, and one of the artists left holding the bag is none other than Snoop Dogg, who just got… READ MORE >

- 209 days ago

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