Dr. Dre is considered the greatest hip-hop producer in history. Born Andre Young on February 18, 1965, the Compton, California native is a true connoisseur and rap music legend. Along with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and the late Eazy-E, Dre was part of one of the most controversial and successful hip-hop groups ever. Known as N.W.A, the rap quintet dominated the hip-hop landscape from the late 80’s to the early 90’s. With infectious songs like “Express Yourself” and “Straight Outta Compton”, N.W.A truly revolutionized the hip-hop industry as a whole. They also helped put the West Coast on the map, which was primarily dominated by East Coast rap at the time.
After leaving N.W.A due to contract issues, Dr. Dre went on to join Death Row Records. It was here that Dre created some of his most memorable work. This included the soundtrack to the Larry Fishburne movie, “Deep Cover”, which featured Snoop Doggy Dogg. The latter was a protégé of Dre, and appeared on several collaborations as well. Dre also helped produce tracks for Warren G., the D.O.C, Michelle, Daz, Kurupt, and the late Nate Dogg and Tupac Shakur. Dre would also collaborate with his former N.W.A stable mate, Ice Cube, on the 1995 hit “Natural Born Killaz.” The two would also work together on the soundtrack for the film, “Friday.” Dr. Dre’s greatest accomplishment at Death Row Records, however, was the release of his album, “The Chronic.” This record breaking album sold over 3 million copies, and received critical acclaim from the fans and medial alike. It also soared to #3 on the Billboard 200 charts, and introduced a new style of hip-hop called G-Funk.
Dr. Dre would also produce the most anticipated album in hip-hop history, “Doggystyle.” This helped put Snoop Dogg on the map, along with several members of the Tha Dogg Pound. Dr. Dre, however, would soon leave Death Row for a number of reasons. This included a rocky working relationship with the late Tupac Shakur, along with charges that were brought against Death Row Records co-founder, Suge Knight. After leaving Death Row, Dre went on to create his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. This led to the “Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath” album in 1996, which featured several Aftermath artists. Dre would also produce “No Diggity” for R&B sensation Black Street, as well as Tupac’s “California Love” single. Both tracks would soar to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1996. With unsurpassed talent and true ingenuity, Dre would go on to cement his legacy as hip-hop’s greatest producer. He would also collaborate with Eminem, Nine Inch Nails, and countless other artists and bands over the years. Dre would also secure platinum certification on several occasions, as well as a score of awards, accomplishments, and accolades.
As a seasoned producer and hip-hop icon, Dr. Dre amassed a fortune from his global album sales and productions. In addition to music, Dre has appeared in several movies, and launched a lucrative headphones and musical components business as well. To date, Dre’s net worth is estimated at $270 million dollars. This includes the $52 million he earned in 2001 by selling his share of Aftermath Entertainment to Interscope Records.