Dr. Dre (born Andre Romelle Young) is indisputably a groundbreaking pioneer of hip-hop. While he is credited with being rap music’s first-ever billionaire, a price can neither be placed on his influential legacy nor on his colossal contributions to the culture. The Compton-born producer-turned-rapper-turned-mogul life changed in a permanent way after receiving a mixer as a Christmas present in 1984, leading to his joining the World Class Wreckin’ Cru as a DJ. In 1985, already having landed on his Dr. Dre moniker, he formed N.W.A. (N***az With Attitude) with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, and MC Ren. Together, the group made history, establishing themselves as the seminal artists of the gangsta rap sub-genre. Their hit single “F**k the Police” went on to find major success despite its outspoken content preventing commercial radio airplay and resulting in the label, Ruthless Records, being hit with a warning message by the FBI. Although the iconic group disbanded shortly after their 1988 debut, Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre went on to co-found Death Row Records where he was able to establish his career as a solo artist and release his critically acclaimed solo debut, The Chronic. Throughout his storied career, the prolific producer has worked with Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Blackstreet, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Xzibit, The Game, and more. With six Grammy Awards in his trophy case, a handful of acting roles in the books, his wildly popular Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line and numerous other business ventures, Dr. Dre is as renowned for popularizing West Coast G-Funk as he is for fostering the careers of a plethora of other household names.

Speaker 2: Wow.
Dr. Dre: At three hours a day. It was crazy how this happened. It just let me know how powerful I could be. I'm like, "Damn. If people are buying this, wait until I really get the chance to get in the studio and some real equipment in some real time." He was one of 18 kids picked out of three thousand to go to Juilliard, so that tells you a little bit about what his talent is and what his capabilities are, but he's doing an amazing job.
But overall, the movie is just freaking me out sometimes. It's just weird watching my character being portrayed, but it's a really cool thing. Around the set it's just been all love. We've been in some really, really rough areas in Compton and in South Central and it's just been nothing but love, nothing but love, man, and I really appreciate that. We're going to make this city proud because this movie is going to be something that's incredible and I'm excited about it.
With Eazy-E it was really important to me that we got his story right and we represented him in the right way. I read some things where people were saying that we might be attacking or something like that. That's just stupid. Eazy-E was a very close friend of ours where we've gotten comments from his family and they've actually been on set.
I actually wanted to be here to make sure I gave it the right energy, to make sure everybody knew that I was serious and I'm really behind what we're doing here. I also wanted to make sure that these certain intricacies don't get missed or skipped, because no matter how many stories we tell, and no matter what the script is, when you start shooting it, there might be small, little things that you would only know if you were there that matters in the movie, so I was here for that as well.

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