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Dr. Dre

More than any other rapper, Dr. Dre was responsible for moving away from the avant-noise and political stance of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions as well as the party vibes of old-school rap. Instead, Dre pioneered gangsta rap and his own variation of the sound, G-funk. BDP's early albums were hardcore but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre's records with N.W.A. celebrated the hedonistic, amoralistic side of gang life. Dre was never much of a rapper -- his rhymes were simple and his delivery was slow and clumsy -- but as a producer, he was extraordinary. With N.W.A. he melded the noise collages of the Bomb Squad with funky rhythms. On his own, he reworked George Clinton's elastic funk into the self-styled G-funk, a slow-rolling variation that relied more on sound than content. When he left N.W.A. in 1992, he founded Death Row Records with Suge Knight, and the label quickly became the dominant force in mid-'90s hip-hop thanks to his debut, The Chronic. Soon, most rap records imitated its sound, and his productions for Snoop Doggy Dogg and Blackstreet were massive hits. For nearly four years, G-funk dominated hip-hop, and Dre had enough sense to abandon it and Death Row just before the whole empire collapsed in late 1996. Dre retaliated by forming a new company, Aftermath, and while it was initially slow getting started, his bold moves forward earned critical respect.

Dre (born Andre Young, February 18, 1965) became involved in hip-hop during the early '80s, performing at house parties and clubs with the World Class Wreckin' Cru around South Central Los Angeles and making a handful of recordings along the way. In 1986, he met Ice Cube, and the two rappers began writing songs for Ruthless Records, a label started by former drug pusher Eazy-E. Eazy tried to give one of the duo's songs, "Boyz-n-the Hood," to HBO, a group signed to Ruthless. When the group refused, Eazy formed N.W.A. -- an acronym for N**gaz With Attitude -- with Dre and Cube, releasing their first album in 1987. A year later, N.W.A. delivered Straight Outta Compton, a vicious hardcore record that became an underground hit with virtually no support from radio, the press, or MTV. N.W.A. became notorious for their hardcore lyrics, especially those of "F**k tha Police," which resulted in the FBI sending a warning letter to Ruthless and its parent company, Priority, suggesting that the group should watch their step.

Most of the group's political threat left with Cube when he departed in late 1989 amid many financial disagreements. While Eazy appeared to be the undisputed leader following Cube's departure -- and he was certainly responsible for the group approaching near-parodic levels with their final pair of records -- the music was in Dre's hands. On both the 1990 EP 100 Miles and Runnin' and the 1991 album Efil4zaggin ("Niggaz4life" spelled backward), he created dense, funky sonic landscapes that were as responsible for keeping N.W.A. at the top of the charts as Eazy's comic-book lyrics. While the group was at the peak of their popularity in 1991, Dre began to make efforts to leave the crew, especially after he was charged with assaulting the host of a televised rap show in 1991. The following year, Dre left the group to form Death Row Records with Suge Knight. According to legend, Knight held N.W.A.'s manager at gunpoint and threatened to kill him if he refused to let Dre out of his contract.

Dre released his first solo single, "Deep Cover," in the spring of 1992. Not only was the record the debut of his elastic G-funk sound, it also was the beginning of his collaboration with rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg. Dre discovered Snoop through his stepbrother Warren G, and he immediately began working with the rapper -- Snoop was on Dre's 1992 debut, The Chronic, as much as Dre himself. Thanks to the singles "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang," "Dre Day," and "Let Me Ride," The Chronic was a multi-platinum, Top Ten smash, and the entire world of hip-hop changed with it. For the next four years, it was virtually impossible to hear mainstream hip-hop that wasn't effected in some way by Dre and his patented G-funk. Not only did he produce Snoop's 1993 debut, Doggystyle, but he orchestrated several soundtracks, including Above the Rim and Murder Was the Case (both 1994), which functioned as samplers for his new artists and production techniques, and he helmed hit records such as Blackstreet's "No Diggity," among others, including a hit reunion with Ice Cube, "Natural Born Killaz." During this entire time, Dre released no new records, but he didn't need to -- all of Death Row was under his control, and most of his peers mimicked his techniques.

The Death Row dynasty held strong until the spring of 1996, when Dre grew frustrated with Knight's strong-arm techniques. At the time, Death Row was devoting itself to 2Pac's label debut, All Eyez on Me (which featured Dre on the breakthrough hit, "California Love"), and Snoop was busy recovering from his draining murder trial. Dre left the label in the summer of 1996 to form Aftermath, declaring gangsta rap dead. While he was subjected to endless taunts from his former Death Row colleagues, their sales slipped by 1997 and Knight was imprisoned on racketeering charges by the end of the year. Dre's first album for Aftermath, the various-artists collection Dr. Dre Presents...The Aftermath received considerable media attention, but the record didn't become a hit, despite the presence of his hit single, "Been There Done That." Even though the album wasn't a success, the implosion of Death Row in 1997 proved that Dre's inclinations were correct at the time. Both 2001 and its companion instrumental version followed in 1999. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu- B u y a c a c h a a d ? ? Its CLEARLY Bu-Bu-Bu-Bu- B l a s t a shot. Who the f**k picks these lyrics?
Love the beat
Didn't meek mill use the background music in his Ooh Kill Em song??
carr_kristen 0
THANKS DR.DRE FOR FINDING EMINEM AND CREATING BEATS IM 11 AND I HAVE BLUE STUDIO BEATS
We gonna run this town tonight?(; hah Dre know what he doin man!
FAVORITE LYRIC...STIL L Got it wrapped like a mummy
@ jm.braden if all they have to do is Wikipedia this info then instead of complaining about the bios just wiki them yourself
I like kush only
This good
Yo Dre what happened with you why don't u make more albums? This is my mail sabby894@gma i l . c o m
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Awsome bro say sup to everyone
This freaked me out but it's true if you send this to ten songs you will have the best day tomorrow. If you don't you will see a dead girl on your bedroom floor tonight. In the next 53 minutes some would tell you they love you
My life song
follow for a follow
Hard
jcolon4820
Say iPhone 5 times
Pick a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
Follow me on Instagram!�� @kkristenn_l l e i g h h
Follow me on instagram ayee420 I'll follow back
kkralicek
Blue
Follow for follow
kimdavid00
Ok srry I was watching NBA fukers
F**k yeah Dr.Dre
Y'll need to shut tha f**k up
Eminem n dr.dre my favs
F**king fāggēt fluffy ur a stupid fūçk
kimdavid00
Gamer you ugly I thought dr.dre was a NBA player
Damn n**ga I see ya, soundscapes huh?
My s**t.
ethangaines1 3
follow for follow
horrible bio.. "...and he then released chronic 2001. the end." ok, how about the impact of that album? how about the entire eminem/dre generation? how about dre at all for the last 15 years? get a new writer pandora, all they have to do is wikipedia this info...
Follow me and I will follow you back!
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Stfu anthony-mann a
this program is stupid ... even youtube is better
Yay
ethangaines1 3
one of the most prominent producers EVER. a so so rapper, but his production is amazing
allplumbing2
Dr. Dre's And Snoop Dogg are cool cat
Jay-Z ghost wrote dre lyrics to this song..Brookl y n stand up!!!
roymitri
Holy s**t dam son
Word wtf ��������
I LOVE YOU :) :) :) :) :) :) :)
Tha Chronic
I see n u blind
sirnibblet
what the f**k is with this iphone 5 time s**t... is it a bot or are people that stupid..Do you think an iphone will be under your pillow wtf a** holes
keith.serafi n
Your awesome dr dre you make the headphones, also I'm sorry about your sons. :( rest in peace dr dre sons):
Mah niqqa doe xD
I'm 13 and I've been listening to this old school music for years
Say iPhone 5 times then choose a color and post this to 5 other songs then look under your pillow
Say iPhone 5 times then choose a color post this to 5 other songs then look under your pillow
OMG! Dre and Snoop are the sh**t!
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