N.W.A. member, solo rapper, and producer Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) elevated underground gangsta rap to the rank of worldwide mainstream culture in the early 1990s with music both funky and brutal. Ranked alongside super-producers Phil Spector and Quincy Jones, Dr. Dre has sold tens of millions of records, making over $60 million. Arguably, he has had more impact on the lives of young people of the 20th century than artists like a Picasso or a Hemingway.
Los Angeles (specifically South Central and Compton) provided the surreal background to Dre’s G-Funk sound, which glorified violence as much as reinterpreted George Clinton-era funk and soul. Plain spoken, street-level raps about very real inner city problems during... Read More