About Dr Dre
Dr. Dre is a giant of the American rap scene, having influenced scores with his G-funk style and the work he's supported as producer. Born Andre Romelle Young, the Master of Mixology started out as a DJ. As a member World Class Wreckin' Cru, he recorded his first hit, "Surgery." But it was with N.W.A. that he really rose to fame. This gansta rap group depicted the grim reality of street life with explicit lyrics that made radio airtime tough to come by. In spite of that, their first album, Straight Outta Compton, was a huge hit. Dr. Dre left the group in 1991 and the following year released his first solo album, The Chronic, to tremendous popular and critical acclaim. His signature West Coast G-funk style, with its layered synthesizers and hypnotic, heavy beats, proved hugely influential, and won him a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance. To mark the 1996 formation of his own production company, Aftermath Entertainment, Dr. Dre released Dr. Dre Presents . . . The Aftermath, a compilation album that featured his own songs as well as those by other newly-signed Aftermath artists. Dre showed he was still going strong in 1999 with his second solo album 2001, which went platinum six times. Collaboration has always been a key to Dr. Dre's work. Building up to the release of his highly-anticipated album Detox, Dre treated fans to a series of singles: "Crack a Bottle" with Eminem and 50 Cent, "Kush" with Snoop Dog and Akon, and "I Need a Doctor" with Eminem and Skylar Grey. A known perfectionist, Dr. Dre works meticulously on his own albums, and demands the same from the artists he produces. Show your Dre pride with a "G Thang" t-shirt, signed photograph, or cool poster.