We unearth 50 facts you didn't know about the Compton rapper turned billionaire entrepreneur.
He had a son called Curtis Young, followed by a daughter called La Tanya Danielle Young, then a son called Andre Young Jr (who has since died). With singer Michel'le he had son Marcel and finally with his current wife Nicole he's had two more children, Trucie and Truly.
When he was just 16 years old Dr Dre fathered a son called Curtis, who was brought up entirely by the boy's mother. Curtis and Dre only met 20 years after he was born. And guess what Curtis does for work? He's a rapper that goes by the name of Hood Surgeon. What else? Picture: Getty
Dre's third child, who he had with a woman called Jenita Porter, was found dead at Dre's family home from an accidental overdose of heroin and morphine.
When he was just one-year-old Dr Dre's brother Jerome passed away from pneumonia. He also lost half brother Tyree, who he dedicated the last song on 'Chronic 2001' 'The Message' to.
Eminem made no secret of the difficulty he felt he faced being a white man trying to make it in black-dominated industry, but he managed to get signed by Dre and go on to become one of the world's best rappers. In a past interview with Vibe Magazine, Dre revealed: "when I heard Em for the first time, I didn't even know he was White. I just knew I wanted to work with him. And that kind of actually made it better for me, because it was so different".
Dr Dre has chosen his next Protégé, a 23-year-old guy from Texas called Justin Mohrle. Justin, who goes by the name JT, has reportedly moved indefinitely to California on Dr Dre's orders, after Dre heard some music that he and The D.O.C had been working on. Picture: Twitter/GarlandHighSchool
Before he was in N.W.A, Dre was in a group called World Class Wreckin' Cru, which was originally called Disco Construction. It was an electronic funk group consisting of members (from left to right) Dr Dre, DJ Yella, Cli-N-Tel and Lonzo - who set the band up . They premiered in a Compton club owned by Lonzo (Alonzo Williams) called Eve After Dark.
Dre was arrested and thrown in jail after his Mazda RX7 was impounded for compounding car fines of over $900. Eazy-E paid out in return for Dre’s production trade for E’s new record company 'Ruthless Records'. The more time Dre spent with E, the more disruption caused to 'World Class Wreckin' Crew,' but N.W.A was born as a result.
Dr Dre and Warren G became steps brothers when Dre's mum and Warren's dad married and brought the families together. It's actually through Warren G that Dre met Snoop and signed him, as Snoop originally worked with Warren G and Nate G.
Judging by the IMDB decription, we can't say we're too shocked that it received only two stars: 'With the rent due and his car booted, Sean (Dr. Dre) has to come up with some ends...and fast. When his best buddy and roommate Dee Loc (Snoop Dogg), suggests that Sean get a job busting suds down at the local car wash. Comic tensions flare between the two...' you get the idea.
"We’re gonna keep new and exciting products coming" he told Fader. "We’re trying to eventually be second to Apple. And I don’t think that’s a bad position." Three years later, Beats was bought by Apple.
Dr Dre originally went by the name Dr J , chosen because of his favourite basketball player Julius Erving's nickname. He changed the 'J' to 'Dre' after his own name 'Andre.'
Ice Cube was the first to leave N.W.A and Ruthless Records because of financial disputes, not long after Dre realised he too was getting the bum end of the deal, but he was stuck in a contract. Band member Jerry Heller says that to get out of it, Suge Knight (The D.O.C) showec up with some guys and weapons demanding Dre was dropped from the contract, which he was.
In 2001, Dr. Dre earned a total of about US $52 million from selling part of his share of Aftermath Entertainment to Interscope Records and his production of such hit songs that year as "Family Affair" by Mary J. Blige. The sum made him the second highest paid artist of that year
Dre was inspired to get into music when he heard Grandmaster Flash song 'The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel.' He told Vibe; "That made me want to DJ. It made me want to know what hip-hop was. That was the song that did it. I immediately went home and called some friends and we were taking apart one of my friend's mother's stereo sets.. We figured out how to make a mixer from the balance button and got it cracking—started making mixtapes."
T-Boz, Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes and Chilli, aka TLC, presented Dr. Dre with the 'Best Rap Artist' Award at the 1994 AMAs. During Dre's acceptance speech Snoop interrupted to tell the audience that they should all stand as he collects his award
The world has been waiting a long time for Dr Dre's next studio album 'Detox', and it looks like it will be waiting forever, as Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker has revealed that Dre scrapped the titled 'Detox' a long time ago. "The album he's working with is not called 'Detox', he [Dre] scrapped the titled a couple of years ago and came up with another title" Parker told Shots Fired. "I won't say what the title is cause I haven't seen that online or anything yet'.
Dre is a nickname that originated from his real name, Andre.
Dre took Death row to court last year after claiming the owed him royalties for his production, album sales and digital sales. Dre lost the case due to a lack of proof of contracts.
“The whole headphones thing came to life on its own. Dre and I were out in Malibu, I know some of you think Dre lives in the hood, but he has a house in Malibu,” said Iovine. “Anyway, we’re on his terrace in Malibu, and he says, ‘My lawyers want me to sell sneakers.’ I look at him and I say, 'Fuck sneakers. Nobody cares what kind of sneakers you wear, but they would care about the speakers you use.' And speakers turned into headphones.”
First as a remastered CD, then as a remastered DualDisc with enhanced stereo and four videos, and in 2009 as 'The Chronic Re-Lit' with a bonus DVD containing a 30 minute interview and 7 unreleased tracks
Hard luck diddy! Picture: Getty
The new film documents Ice Cube, Dr Dre, Eazy E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's beginnings in the industry, rise to success and of course, their Compton roots. The film premieres this August in the USA.
His follow-up album, 2001, was a bigger hit - becoming certified sextuple Platinum. That's a lot of copies.
Dr DreIt came it at number 138 on The Rolling Stone's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time, and also placed in the top 100 albums of the 90's.
The straight up funk of 'Nuthin' But A G Thang', form Dre's 1992 album 'The Chronic', is actually a sample of the Leon Haywood record 'I Want To Do Something Freaky To You'. Don't believe us? Go check it out.
Ruthless Records co-founder Jerry Heller claims that the first money invested into Ruthless Records was his own $250,000, and that Straight Outta Compton was only recorded for $12,000.
Forbes have revealed their annual 'The Highest Paid Musicians Of The Year' list and the person that's topped it wont come as much of a surprise. Dr Dre sold Beats, the company he co-founded, to Apple for a huge $3 billion. The sale meant that before taxes, Dre pocketed $620 million - not bad for a year's earnings. Picture: Getty
The sum means that Dr Dre has made history by creating the largest gap between himself and the number two top earner, with half a billion dollars separating them. In at number two is Beyoncé, who had an incredible 2014 with the aftermath of her self-titled album, the continuation of her 'The Mrs Carter World Tour' and her collaborative tour with Jay Z. The many ventures meant that she took home $115 million. Picture: Getty
Eminem wrote in his 2008 biography 'The Way I Am' that Dre urged him to start screaming in the booth: "Dre also showed me how to do things with my voice that I had no idea I could do. He had me screaming in the studio! I remember doing the chorus for 'Role Model,' shouting, "Don't you want to grow up to be just like me?" My throat was hurting. Dre would be, "Again. Do it again." And we stacked a few tracks to make the chorus. If you listen to 'Kim,' where I'm screaming, you can hear tPicture: PA
In May 2013 Dr Dre and his Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine donated $70 million to the University of Southern California to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.
Yeezy has been quoted as saying: 'The Chronic' is still the hip-hop equivalent to Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key of Life'. It's the benchmark you measure your album against if you're serious."
Dre owned 50% of the label, so was entitled to some money when the two co-founders went their separate ways, but he reportedly left without taking a penny. "You can’t put a price on a peaceful state of mind" he was quoted as saying.
It was certified Platinum on March 24, 1993 by the Recording Industry Association of America. Picture: Getty
In 2001, Aftermath released the soundtrack to the movie 'The Wash', it featured acts including Shaunta, Daks, Joe Beast and Toi. - all signed by Aftermath, but to this day none have released a full length album and they have all ended their relationships with the label.
Dr. Dre founded the record label Aftermath Entertainment in 1996, after leaving Death Row Records in 1995. The label has seen him sign stars including Eminem, 50 Cent, Game and Kendrick Lamar. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
Word has it that when Suge Knight heard it he got Tupac involved on the second verse and ultimately made the late rapper the lead on the track.
Including for producing 2001's 'Best Rap Album' Eminem's 'The Marshall Mathers LP' and 'Best Rap Solo Performance' for 'Let Me Ride' in 1994. Picture: Getty
When Dr Dre left Death Row Records, Snoop realised the company would own anything he made until his contract expired, so Snoop refused to produce any more records until that day came.
He played a weapons dealer called Black Sam alongside Jada Pinkett and Queen Latifah in the film.
Dr. Dre and Lady Gaga attend the launch of Monster and Beats by Dr. Dre's first artist line "Heartbeats by Lady Gaga" in New York, USA. Picture: PA
Perhaps Lamar got his taste for hip-hop and interest of Tupac after the video for the rapper's Dr Dre collaboration 'California Love' was shot near his house.
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In 1996, Dr. Dre married Nicole Threatt, the ex-wife of NBA player Sedale Threatt. They have two children together.
Dre purchased the Los Angeles home of NFL quarterback Tom Brady and his supermodel wife, Gisele Bundchen in the spring of 2014 for a whopping $40 million.