Dr. Dre (born André Romel Young on February 18,
1965 in Los Angeles, California) is a wealthy, influential,
American record producer, rapper, and record executive.
has been selling hit records since the early 1980's. he is
best known for creating the west coast sound in gangsta rap.
Instead of using samples Dre would usually hire session
musicians to replay obscure hit funk tunes.
Dre became famous as a member of iconic gangsta rap group
N.W.A, continuing his success as a best-selling solo rapper,
and most famously, the co-founder of Death Row Records with
Suge Knight and the founder of Aftermath Entertainment. He is
most notable for having launched the careers of rap superstars
Snoop Dogg, The Game and Eminem, and is widely regarded as one
of hip hop's greatest producers, noted for perfecting
synthesizers, keyboards, and heavy bass into his hip-hop
beats. The artists on his sizeable Aftermath roster today
include multi-platinum artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, and
more recently Busta Rhymes, Eve, The Game and of course Dr.
Dr. Dre's albums The Chronic and 2001 were
both critical and commercial successes, and the former is
credited with revolutionizing hip hop by beginning West Coast
G-funk's four-year dominance of mainstream rap (1992-96) and
having a lasting influence in its sound.