There are certain artists and producers whose legacy and careers will forever be synonymous with changing the landscape of Hip-Hop forever. The now fifty-one year old Compton native, "Andre Young" who is better known as, "Dr. Dre", is hailed as one of the most successful and influential Hip-Hop producers the Hip-Hop industry has ever seen.
Young was born in Compton, California on February 18th, 1965 and since his days of joining a group of DJ's known as, "The World Class Wreckin' Cru" has Young embodied the moniker of, "Dr.Dre" from songs with the group known as, "Surgery". From there he would famously go on to form the group, "Niggaz Wit Attitudes (N.W.A)" with the artists, "Eazy-E", "Ice Cube", "MC Ren" and "DJ Yella". N.W.A would go on to be one of the most influential and successful Hip-Hop groups in the history of music with their revolutionary album, "Straight Outta Compton" that bolstered the iconic records, "Fuck Tha Police" and "Straight Outta Compton". Due to internal conflicts, the group would eventually disband and would cause Dr. Dre and Ice Cube to leave the group to pursue new beginnings with their solo careers.
Dr. Dre would leave Ruthless Records that housed the N.W.A crew and would join, "Death Row Records" as a co-partner with the Music Executive, "Suge Knight" and would release one of the greatest Hip-Hop albums of all time and solo debut albums with, "The Chronic (1992)". This album would award Dr. Dre with his first Grammy Award for the album's single, "Let Me Ride".
Dr. Dre would use this momentum to begin his legendary resume of introducing talented Hip-Hop artists to the game especially with his production for the Long Beach native MC, "Snoop Dogg" with the 1993 4x platinum album, "Doggystyle". This album bolstered a plentiful of Hip-Hop staple songs that include, "Gin And Juice", "What's My Name" & "Ain't No Fun" with a memorable feature from the late great vocalist, "Nate Dogg".
Dre is even responsible for molding the artist, "Warren G" into an elite Hip-Hop producer which would lead to Warren G releasing his multi-platinum debut, "Regulate.. G-Funk Era" with the classic song, "Regulate". When Death Row Records signed the legendary MC, "2pac" in 1995, Dre would produce the hit single, "California Love" that featured 2pac. Shortly after, Dre would leave Death Row Records in pursuit to begin his own Record Label, "Aftermath Records" in 1996 with the release of his sub-par single, "Been There Done That" which was Dre's attempt to cultivate a different type of Hip-Hop music. This attempt would not appease his loyal fans who loved his traditional style of West Coast G-Funk Hip-Hop production and thus his genius move to sign and introduce the legendary Detroit MC, "Eminem" would simultaneously jumpstart both artists' careers. The release of Eminem's debut album, "The Slim Shady LP (1999)" bolstered the hit single, "My Name Is" would silence all the critics who though Dr. Dre couldn't produce a hit song and would also be the cause for Eminem's newly found successful music career.
Seven years after Dre's debut album he would release his second solo album, "Chronic 2001" which became an instant Hip-Hop classic with album sales of over 500,000 copies sold in the first week of the album's release in the last quarter of 1999. The album featured incredibly successful and well produced singles in, "Still Dre", "The Next Episode" and "Forgot About Dre". Since it's release the album has sold approximately eight million copies and Dr. Dre even received a Grammy Award in 2000 for Producer of the Year. This album even set the stage for one of the most successful Hip-Hop tours of all time with the, "Up In Smoke Tour" that included performances from, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Eminem.
Following the release of his second studio album, Dre would turn his efforts to producing albums and tracks for other artists which included the incredibly successful second and third albums for Eminem with the, "The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)" and "The Eminem Show (2002)" with the smash singles, "The Real Slim Shady" and "Cleanin' Out My Closet". Dr. Dre would continue to add to his already incredibly impressive resume of hatching Hip-Hop legends with him introducing the world to two incredibly successful artists with the debut releases from the MC's, "50 Cent" and "The Game" with, "Get Rich Or Die Tryin (2003)" and "The Documentary (2005)". To date, the cumulative album sales of both of these projects is well over ten million copies sold worldwide. The most recent artist Dre has signed to his Aftermath Records is the Oxnard artist, "Anderson .Paak", who was also named one of XXL's Freshman '16.
Over the next decade, Dr. Dre would begin to record his anticipated third studio album, "Detox" and unfortunately 10 years later the Hip-Hop community has still not received Detox which has been reported to be in line with Dre's incredibly high standard he set for himself with his first two studio releases. He has also become a mogul by selling Beats Headphones to Apple in a deal that made him a billionaire. Most recently Dre released a studio album, "Compton" that inspired by and influenced by the N.W.A biopic, "Straight Outta Compton". Please be sure to check out his extensive and incredible list of his discography here and some of his best production below!