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Considered by many to be hip-hop's greatest producer, Dr. Dre (b. AndrĂ© 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 AndrĂ©. 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 »

Nicole Richie Rapping Karaoke with Husband Joel Madden

Nicole Richie & Joel Madden
Forgot About Us??? Not w/ These Karaoke Bars

Talk about a blast from the past -- we got Nicole Richie rapping early 2000s Dr. Dre alongside her hubby, Joel Madden ... and killin' it too. Lionel Richie's eldest kid hit up the Retro Room… READ MORE >

D.L. Hughley Says Dr. Dre Should Be Proud of USC Donation and His Daughter

D.L. Hughley
Dr. Dre's Daughter Should Be Grateful ... 70 MILLION Reasons Why

D.L. Hughley is coming out swinging for Dr. Dre ... telling us Dre's daughter needs to appreciate the fact he "pushed" her to go to USC, and also that her dad can afford to LEGALLY grease the… READ MORE >

- 56 days ago
Dr. Dre's Daughter Truly Young Says Father Pushed Her to Apply to USC

Dr. Dre
Daughter Says Dad Pushed Me .... To Enroll at USC

Dr. Dre had good reason to delete his post throwing shade on Lori Loughlin and her daughters ... because, just like Lori, it looks like Dre was pushing his own daughter to become a USC student.… READ MORE >

- 56 days ago
Dr. Dre Deletes Post Gloating Over Daughter's Acceptance to USC

Dr. Dre
Deletes IG Post Touting Daughter's USC Acceptance

3/25 -- For the record, Dre and Iovine donated a whopping $70 MILLION to the University. The department they funded -- The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the… READ MORE >

- 56 days ago
Red Sox World Series Celebration, Naked Cannonballs and Boozy Slow Dancing!

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Epic Locker Room Celebration Naked Beer Cannonballs!!!

NAKED CANNONBALLLLLLL!!!! It was MADNESS in the Boston Red Sox locker room after the World Series on Sunday night -- with the team dousing manager Alex Cora in beer ... and Rick Porcello shedding… READ MORE >

- 204 days ago
Suge Knight Strikes 28-Year Plea Deal in Murder Case

Suge Knight
Strikes 28-Year Plea Deal in Murder Case

2:00 PM PT -- The plea deal was just unveiled in court, and Suge will get 28 years in prison after pleading no contest to voluntary manslaughter. The 53-year-old will get credit for time served… READ MORE >

- 242 days ago
Suge Knight Murder Trial for Fatal Hit and Run Finally Set to Begin

Suge Knight
Murder Trial in Fatal Hit & Run Case FINALLY Set to Begin

Suge Knight's murder trial for fatally running over a man with his truck nearly 4 years ago is finally going to begin ... which has got to be good news for the famous defendant who has been… READ MORE >

- 243 days ago
Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick In Rap Dance Party at Nursing Home!

Bengals' Dre Kirkpatrick
Rap Dance Party ... At Nursing Home!

This is the best video you'll see all day ... Cincinnati Bengals star Dre Kirkpatrick and an old lady straight-up GETTIN' IT on the dance floor -- rockin' out to some old school rap!! The… READ MORE >

- 249 days ago
Dr. Dre and Xzibit Sued for Allegedly Screwing Group Out of Cannabis Company Fortune

Dr. Dre, Xzibit Sued
We Invested in Your Weed Biz And You Left Us High And Dry!!!

Dr. Dre and Xzibit screwed 3 people out of a fortune in the cannabis industry by taking their time, money and hard work, and then pretending they never existed ... according to a new suit. Three… READ MORE >

- 262 days ago
LeBron James Yachtin' with Jimmy Iovine, Billionaire Boat Club!

LeBron James
Yachtin' with Jimmy Iovine ... Billionaire Boat Club!

LeBron James may not be the richest guy floating off the Amalfi Coast right now ... because Jimmy Iovine just showed up!  The music mogul was spotted on a yacht with LeBron on the 4th of July… READ MORE >

- 319 days ago
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