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Dr. Dre Lyrics

Dr. Dre - Biography

Dre (Andre Young) was born in February 18, 1965, Los Angeles,
California.
He was raised in Compton, and got his nickname by adoring basketball
superstar, Dr. J. His step-brother is Warren G. His brother got
killed in a fight while Dre was on tour with N.W.A "My brother
was my best friend. He was three years younger than me." Dre
tells of being on the road when he received a phone call with the
bad news. "You never forget that."
He started off as a D.J for parties as a teenager, and soon earned
himself a spot in the "Eve After Dark" club, where he
would play keyboards and sing.

Once a member of the rather anonymous group, "World Class
Wreckin' Cru", Dre earned himself a name by producing tracks
for Eazy-E, the D.O.C and others, and later became a gangsta rap
pioneer as a co-founder, member, co-producer and rapper in the
controversial group, N.W.A. (Niggaz With Attitude).

The band was extremely successful and was very promoted by endless
scandals and unfettered messages of street violence. The debut album
(Straight Outta compton) went platinum with minimal radio play, the
second LP entered the charts at number one. "We loved the
controversy. It's the reason we blew up as big as we did. It wasn't
hurting us, it was helping us."

The group disbanded in '91, but Dre didn't stop for a second:
He established Death Row Records along with Marion "Suge"
Knight, and shortly after released "The Chronic" (1992),
which sold over three million copies, won two Grammy Awards, and is
still considered to be one of the most influential rap albums ever.

The album introduced the new Death Row artists, such as Snoop Doggy
Dogg and Tha Dogg Pound, and marked Dr. Dre not only as one of the
most creative producers in the rap/hip-hop industry, but also as a
fantastic rapper.
The following Death Row album, Snoop Doggy Dogg's
"Doggystyle", was produced by Dr. Dre, and sold four
million copies.
"I was trying to take it places no other record company had
ever been," he says.
"Not just limiting myself to R&B and hip hop. I wanted to
branch off into jazz, reggae,
and black rock 'n' roll."

In 1994 he directed the short film "Murder Was The Case",
and co-produced the soundrack. He also added a song to the
soundtrack entitled "Natural Born Killaz", which marked
the reunion with former fellow band member, Ice Cube. That was his
last work with protege Snoop Doggy Dogg. He decided that Snoop, who
didn't make a single step without his mentor, should stick to his
own work. In that same year he released a compilation album,
entitled "Concrete Roots", which contained some old and
some newer material.

In 1995 Dre contributed a track for the "Friday"
soundtrack, "Keep Their Heads Ringin'". The track was a
massive success, and won Dre the MTV "Best Rap Song" award
in '96.

In that same year he left Death Row, and started his own label,
"Aftermath Entertainment", a joint venture with Interscope
Records.

"At first it was just a big family thing," he says.
"But the more money that got made, the further apart everybody
came. It's like, certain people started becoming what they
hated." He adds:
"I wasn't feeling comfortable with the people I was around.
Everybody wasn't professional. I always wanted things at Death Row
to be right and positive, because I'm a positive person. And the
situation I was in wasn't, plain and simple. It was too much
negativity. Most likely, there are gonna be records coming out
dissing me, dissing people I've worked with and am going to be
working with. It's just a lot of negative bullshit. So from here on
out, Death Row Records don't even exist to Dre."

In November 26, 1996, Dr. Dre released the compilation album
"Dr. Dre Presents... The Aftermath", which featured new
performances from several well-known artists as well as introducing
more than a dozen Aftermath Entertainment artists and producers.

The albums unites hip-hop and R&B , east coast and west coast,
hardcore and pop, male and female, old school and new school,
delivered by talented performers hand picked by Dre, the album's
executive producer.
One of the tracks in the album is "East Coast/West Coast
Killas", which collaborates various artists from both coasts
such as Nas, KRS-1, B-Real, RBX, and of course Dr. Dre.

"Now I'ma be able to do whatever I wanna do," he claims.
"If it works, it's on me. If it fails, it's on me. But I'm an
innovator. I like trying things." In that year he also released
another compilation album, "First Round Knockout".

On top of the list of Dre's future projects is Helter Skelter, Dre's
long-awaited reunion with Ice Cube, which Dre wanted to do since
'94.
"If Cube is still into it, I definitely wanna do that record. I
don't give a fuck if it's 10 years from now, and we're like walking
on canes with gray hair. I wanna do that record, cuz I think it'll
be amazing."

There were also rumors of an N.W.A. reunion, but it seems that Dre
is not interested. "That was my past," he says. "What
I thought was the thing to do then. I mean, I think 'Straight Outta
Compton' was a classic hip-hop album. But I do look back on a lot of
the things we were saying and doing then and go, "Damn!".
But the shit was dope at the time. Would I ever do that N.W.A.
material right now? No. No way. I'm more into totally positive
moves."

And what about a solo album?
Dre is working on "The Chronic 2000: No Seeds", which will
be released on November '99, and has already announced the album
will contain two tracks with Snoop Doggy Dogg, with whom he hasn't
worked for almost four years, and should also include tracks with
Redman, Eminem, RBX, Xzibit and others.

Source:  http://the_yz.tripod.com/dre/dre_biography.html
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