Today in Hip Hop History: February 18, 1965
Today marks the 51st birthday of the hip hop cultural legend, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. Born in Compton, California, Dr. Dre has essentially been one of the major faces of hip hop music/culture since his emergence in the late 80’s.
Dr. Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, for which Eazy-E exposed his notorious make-up photo in “Real Muthaphuckin’ G’s” during their beef. Dre then founded N.W.A. alongside Eazy, Cube, Yella and Ren. The group, as many know, went on the become one of the most influential and important movements in hip hop history.
After his separation from N.W.A., Dre joined up with Snoop Dogg, The D.O.C. and Death Row Records to put out his debut album, The Chronic. The album has since gone several times Platinum and is the pinnacle of West Coast G-Funk hip hop.
After a falling out with Death Row, Dre created his own label imprint, Aftermath Entertainment, signed Eminem and released his second album, 2001, to phenomenal acclaim.
Since then, Dr. Dre has become more of a entrepreneurial force in both hip hop and American culture. He created Beats by Dre Headphones, which sold to Apple in a $3 Billion dollar deal in 2014. More recently, Dre released his third album Compton and has signed various artists including Anderson .Paak, further cementing his legacy as a music mentor and businessman.
There’s much more that one can say about Dr. Dre and his undeniable influence in hip hop history, but I will leave you with a few names that confirm this: Eminem. N.W.A. Kendrick Lamar. Snoop Dogg. 50 Cent. Thank you, and Happy 51st birthday, Dre!