Andre Young will go down as one of hip hop's greatest producers and entrepreneurs. Here are some of the tracks that earned him that title.
Back before NWA was even thought about, the young Dr Dre could be found behind the decks for Compton's World Class Wreckin' Cru, pioneers of the West Coat electro scene.
As part of the "world's most dangerous group", Dr Dre and his NWA cohorts provided a window into to the ghettos of the West Coast and gave music an electrifying jolt, the effects of which would be felt forever more. Hip hop would never be the same again.
With his 1992 album 'The Chronic', Dre steered rap into yet another direction, exporting the hazy, laid-back sound of the West Coast to the rest of the world in the form of G-Funk. The whiny portamento synths and P-Funk basslines would dominate hip hop for years to come.
After shaping the sound of the West Coast for the best part of a decade, Dre had gone relatively quiet as the East Coast rose to the gritty sound of Nas, Biggy and Wu Tang. Then Still D.R.E dropped and a whole new generation of rap fans became Dre devotees overnight.
Not content with launching the career of the world's biggest rap star in Eminem, Dre then turned his attention to Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent. His breakthrough single In Da Club became a global smash, selling over 2,000,000 copies and asserting Dre's position as a producer in a new decade of hip hop.
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