Today is Dre Day!
On this day Dr. Dre was brought into the world!
The founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics, began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru in 1985. He would come together with local rappers Ice Cube, MC Ren, Eazy-E and DJ Yella to form N.W.A., whose rise popularized the budding Gangsta Rap that came out of California shining a light on the West Coast that made it New York's rival in hip-hop, as their first album Straight Outta Compton became a major success, despite low radio airplay.
After Ice Cube left N.W.A in 1989, Dre produced and performed for much of the group's second album Efil4zaggin, and produced Eazy-E's 1988 solo debut Eazy-Duz-It, Above the Law's 1990 debut Livin' Like Hustlers, Michel'le's 1989 self-titled debut, the D.O.C.'s 1989 debut No One Can Do It Better, J.J. Fad's 1988 debut Supersonic and Jimmy Z's 1991 album Muzical Madness.
After a money dispute with his label Ruthless Records, Dre would join Suge Knight in the creation of Death Row Records. Dre's experimentation led to the crafting and popularization of G-funk, that would rise with Dre's solo debut The Chronic in 1992. The album made him one of the best-selling music artists of 1993, and earned him a Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for the single "Let Me Ride". The album served as an intro for various artists including Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, Nate Dogg, and Dre's Brother Warren G. He produced Snoop Doggy Dogg's debut album Doggystyle. His mentoring helped lead to Warren G's multi-platinum debut Regulate...G Funk Era, and the double-platinum debut Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound in 1995.
In 1996, Dre left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. Dre focused on producing other artists, signing Eminem in 1998 and 50 Cent in 2002, and co-produced their albums. He has has helped oversee the careers of the D.O.C., Xzibit, Knoc-turn'al, the Game, Kendrick Lamar, and Anderson .Paak. Dre has won six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year, and Rolling Stone ranked him number 56 on the list of 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. He is the second-richest figure in hip hop with an estimated net worth of $800 million.
Happy Birthday Dre, no one's ever gonna forget about you.