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Dr. Dre Biography


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Birth Name: Andre Romelle Young
Born: 1965/02/18
Birth Place: Los Angeles, California, United States
Years Active: 1983–present
Genres: Hip Hop


Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), primarily known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper, record executive, and actor. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist of Death Row Records, also having produced albums for and overseeing the careers of many rappers signed to those record labels, such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.

Dr. Dre began his rap career in the World Class Wreckin' Cru in the mid-1980s and performed with the group N.W.A from 1987 to 1991.

In 1992, Dr. Dre launched his solo career with the collaborative single with Snoop Dogg "Deep Cover" and the album “The Chronic” under Death Row Records. “The Chronic” was certified triple platinum in the United States. Its singles "Nuthin' but a "G" Thang" and "Dre Day" both made the Top 10 spots of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, "Let Me Ride" reached #3 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

Dr. Dre also has an extensive career as a music producer, with his first productions including Snoop Dogg's 1993 debut album “Doggystyle” and the soundtrack to the film “Above the Rim.”

He performed in guest spots for other artists in Ice Cube's "Natural Born Killaz" and Tupac Shakur's "California Love."

Dr. Dre's 1995 single "Keep Their Heads Ringin'" was another Top 10 hit and was featured on the soundtrack to the film “Friday.”

In 1996, Dr. Dre left Death Row to form his own record label Aftermath Entertainment and released a compilation “Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath” with his single "Been There, Done That" and other tracks from artists newly signed to Aftermath.

In 1999, Dr. Dre released his second studio album “2001.” The album went six times platinum in the US and five times platinum in Canada. Singles "Forgot About Dre" and "The Next Episode" reached the top ten spots of the Hot Rap Tracks chart.

As the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment, Dr. Dre focused on producing for other artists during the 2000s and appeared on singles by Eminem, including "Encore" in 2004 and "Crack a Bottle" in 2009.

In 2010 the Top 40 single, “Kush” featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon, was officially released from his upcoming and reportedly final album “Detox.” A second single, “I Need a Doctor” featuring Emenim and Skylar Grey, was released in 2011 and debuted at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, eventually peaking at #4 and becoming his first Top 10 single as lead artist on the chart in 18 years, since "Dre Day" reached #8 in 1993.