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  • Born

    18 February 1965 (age 52)

  • Born In

    Compton, Los Angeles County, California, United States

Dr. Dre (born Andre Romel Young on February 18, 1965, in Compton, Los Angeles, California) is a black record producer, rapper, and record executive, and is one of the wealthiest, most influential, most successful and well-known producers in the field of hip hop music.

Dre became famous as a member of iconic gangsta rap group N.W.A. When N.W.A.'s lyrical genius, Ice Cube left the group, Dr. Dre himself stepped up to show the world that he was just more than a producer. After N.W.A. disbanded, Dr. Dre was one of the first artists to sign to the infamous Death Row Records which also featured TuPac and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Death Row hit an all time low when executive Suge Knight was sentenced to prison time after a court case. Dr. Dre, continuing his success as a best-selling solo rapper, and most famously, the founder of record label Aftermath Entertainment. He is notable for having launched the careers of rap superstars Snoop Dogg and Eminem, and is widely regarded as one of hip hop's greatest producers. The artists on his sizeable Aftermath roster today include multi-platinum artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, and more recently Busta Rhymes. The Game was hand picked by Dr. Dre to be the "next in line" to the Aftermath "dynasty," but in early 2006, The Game dissed Dr. Dre and was dropped from the label, but remains in good favor with Dre.

Dr. Dre has made only two albums in his solo career, The Chronic(Released in 1992,) and Chronic: 2001(Released in 1999.) There have been rumors of a third album, titled Detox that is to be released in 2007, but no one has been able to confirm that, other than a few leaked tracks found on internet file sharing networks.

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