Happy Birthday to a Pivotal Figure in West Coast Rap: Dr. Dre

By Dominique M. Carson,
Dr. Dre is known as the "Chief Architect of West Coast Rap"

Andre "Dr. Dre" Young turns 48 today, But he is still D.R.E!

The rapper, producer, record label executive, and actor is known as the third richest man, according to Forbes magazine. He is worth $250 million dollars. Way to go doctor! Dre has produced many albums for several artists: Eminem, Snoop Dogg, G-Unit, N.W.A, Ice Cube, D.O.C, Lady of Rage, Rakim, the late Tupac Shakur, Xhibit, Mary J. Blige, Eve, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. Outside of rapping and producing, he is a businessman. Dre is the co-founder of Beats Electronics. It's a popular head phone set that everyone has these days. Fans were fascinated with the Beats headphones, which comes in several colors.

Dr. Dre rose to fame in the mid-eighties when he was a member of N.W.A (N***as with Attitude) with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy- E. The group was known for their violent lyrics about police brutality in California. Some of their songs were "F*** Da Police" and "Straight Outta Compton." But, eventually the group disbanded due to financial disputes and big egos. After the group went their separate ways, Dre went solo in 1992 with his debut album, The Chronic. Some of his greatest hits on the album were the Grammy award winning hit, "Let Me Ride," "Deep Cover," and "Ain't Nuttin But a G Thang." During the time, Snoop Dogg was Dre's protegee and produced his classic album, Doggystyle. Dre was also the co-founder of Death Row Records with former football player, Marion "Suge" Knight.

In 1996, he left Death Row Records due to creative differences and violent activities within the label. Dr. Dre started his own record label, Aftermath Records. These days rap artists such as Eminem and 50 Cent have released their albums on his record label. He also released another solo album 2001 in 1999. The six time Grammy award rapper/producer is still producing records for other artists especially in the West Coast. He also made endorsement deals with Dr. Pepper, St. Ides, Coors Light, and the Chrysler 300S.

Once again Happy Birthday to the Doctor of Rap!



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