Who is Dr Dre?

Miles Gray

Dre's Founder and His Albums

He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He has produced albums for many rappers, including The D.O.C., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, Knoc-turn'al, 50 Cent, The Game and Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.

His Early Life

Born Andre Romelle Young, Dr. Dre came from a musical background. Both of his parents were singers. His mother, Verna, quit her group the Four Aces shortly before Dre was born. His middle name comes from one of the bands his father Theodore belonged to, the Romells.


After his parents split up, Dre lived with his mother, who remarried several times. They moved around frequently, and at one point lived at the Wilmington Arms housing project in the Compton area. But his didn't lie in schoolwork—he wanted to make music. Dre received a music mixer for Christmas in 1984 and soon turned his family's home into his studio. For hours, he would work his magic, taking pieces of different songs and sounds to make his own sound.


Dre started hanging out at L.A. nightclub Eve After Dark, where he eventually got his chance to work the turntables. He joined the World Class Wreckin' Cru, which performed in nightclubs, and developed the rap persona of Dr. Dre, the Master of Mixology. He was inspired in part by basketball star Julius "Dr. J." Erving.

Making it BIG!

in 2008, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine cofound Beats Electronics. This was the beginning of a long term partnership with Apple. In six years, turned Beats By Dr. Dre headphones into a $1 billion-plus business. They decided to venture out into the streaming business such as Pandora and iTunes. It's been extremely successful.

Net Worth

In 2014, Dr. Dre was ranked as the second richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $550 million; he is at the top of the 2015 Forbes list, with an estimated pre-tax take of $620 million in 2014. he made the 2015 album called Compton of Straight Outta Compton(Including The Chronic, 2001, And Death Row classics).


In 2016 his net worth is approximately $810 million.

Philanthropy

His philanthropic works include a joint donation of $70 million along with Jimmy Lovine to University of Southern California for the establishment of the Jimmy Lovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. The goal of the academy is to nurture upcoming talents.