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Rapper-producer Dr. Dre first made it big with hip hop group N.W.A. in 1980s. He has also enjoyed success as a solo act and worked with Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent.
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His fans, however, have been waiting years for his next release Detox. Some tracks from the forthcoming album has been leaked, but it has yet to make its official debut. Dr. Dre has claimed that this will be this final album.
Behind the scenes, Dr. Dre has been instrumental in launching the careers of numerous hip hop and rap artists. He acted as a track producer for many of the artists on Ruthless Records, a venture he started up with Eazy-E. Dr. Dre worked with Michel'le on her first album. With N.W.A., Dr. Dre helped produce much of the group's material.
With Marion "Suge" Knight, Dr. Dre co-founded the rap music empire known as Death Row Records in 1991. There he worked on the debut album of Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur's All Eyez on Me. In 1996, Dr. Dre left Death Row Records, escaping from the increasingly troublesome West Coast-East Coast rap feud. The conflict between West Coast and East Coast would eventually lead to the deaths of rappers Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
That same year, Dr. Dre established his own label, Aftermath Entertainment, in connection with Interscope Records. He signed numerous acts to Aftermath, but his two greatest successes came Eminem and 50 Cent. At first, Dr. Dre took flak for signing white rapper Eminem, but he soon proved the critics wrong. He produced several of Eminem's hit albums, including The Slim Shady LP (1999) and The Marshall Mathers LP (2000). With 50 Cent, Dr. Dre worked on his debut smash Get Rich or Die Tryin' (2003) among other projects.
Over the years, Dr. Dre hasn't just rapped about violence or reckless behavior. He has lived some of his lyrics, experiencing numerous scrapes with the law. In 1991, Dr. Dre reportedly hit TV host Denise Barnes and tried to push her down a flight of stairs. The attack was triggered by a segment she had done about Ice Cube's departure from N.W.A. Dr. Dre faced assault charges and a civil suit for his actions, but both parties decided to settle out of court.
The following year, Dr. Dre again faced assault charges for an alleged attack on producer Damon Thomas. He was arrested for battery of a police officer a few months later. Dr. Dre seemed to take his dangerous behavior to the extreme in 1994 when he led police on a high-speed chase while intoxicated. Having violated his probation for the earlier battery offense, Dr. Dre was sentenced to several months in jail and ordered to pay a fine. He served his time in 1995.
Dr. Dre first became a father in high school. He didn't meet his first son, Curtis, until the boy was twenty years old. Another high school relationship yielded a daughter named La Tonya. Dr. Dre had a relationship with singer Michel'le who had worked with him in the World Class Wreckin' Cru, and they had a son together named Marcel. In the late 1980s, he fathered another son, Andre R. Young, Jr., with Jenita Porter. Andre Jr. died in 2008 of a drug overdose.
In 1996, Dr. Dre married Nicole Threatt.
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