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Young , Andre Romell (Dr. Dre)

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Born: 1965 AD
Currently alive, at 49 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Producers, Singer

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1965 - Born on February 18th in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Dre pioneered gangsta hip-hop and his own variation of the sound, dubbed G-Funk.

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".

1987 - Rejected by the record-buying public, but Eazy formed NWA, an acronym for Niggaz With Attitude, with Dre, Cube, and newcomers M.C. Ren and DJ Yella, releasing their first album.

1989 - Ice Cube suddenly departed admist many financial disagreements with Dre. Suddenly the the music was in Dre's hands.

         - 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 mysogynistic record that became an underground hit with virtually no support from radio, the press, or the still hip-hop-free MTV.

1990 - Dre left the group the next year to form Death Row Records with "Suge Knight".

1991 - Assaulted TV hostess Dee Barnes (Pump It Up) in retaliation to her interviewing Ice Cube, where he made a deragatory comment against N.W.A. (at the time, the album Efil4zaggin debuted at #1).

1996 - Snoop would become great friends with the Doctor and was on Dre's debut "The Chronic" as much as Dre himself.

         - Dre, fed up, left the label to form "Aftermath", declaring gangsta hip-hop was dead.

2001 - On the 21st February he became the first hip-hop producer to win a Grammy for Producer of The Year.

         - He was also nominated for 4 other awards including: Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group for the track "Forget About Dre" with Eminem.

         - He began working on his album, and discovering an underground MC by the name of Eminem that Dre would make his comeback.

2004 - He has been working on his third album, "Detox".
 

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