Celebrity Then And Now
Dr. Dre
Name: Dr. Dre
Birthdate: January 1, 1970
Famous Years: 1986 - Present
Currently Known For: Founder of Beats Headphones
Networth: $750 MillionFamous For: "The Chronic," "Straight Outta Compton," "2001"
Dr. Dre
Name Dr. Dre
Birthdate January 1, 1970
Famous Years 1986 - Present
Currently Known For Founder of Beats Headphones
Networth $750 Million
Famous For "The Chronic," "Straight Outta Compton," "2001"

Even though he’s only released one album this millennium, there are few names that are more synonymous with rap than Dr. Dre. The man that was born as Andre Young on February 18, 1965 is one of the most influential rappers of all-time, thanks in large part to his abilities as both a producer and a businessman. Because of his ventures, Dre is one of the richest entertainers around, with a net worth estimated to be nearly half a billion dollars.

Dre was born in the city of Compton, California, which has become notorious over the years because of a blend of hip hop culture and gang violence that’s been associated with the music. After all, Compton is considered to be the birthplace of gangster rap. Dre was exposed to that type of lifestyle at a young age, as he said that his father was involved with that.

It was his father’s family that helped get Dre away from gang violence, saying that “I saw people doing drugs when I was eleven years old. Back then, the popular drug was PCP...I was watching that at a really young age, seeing firsthand what effect drugs and gangbanging had on people. It was never a happy ending, and my father and my uncles pushed me to leave the street s*** alone.”

Even though Dre would get away from the gang lifestyle, he still had his struggles in school. At his high school in Compton, Dre was almost failing all of his classes and would end up transferring schools. Thinking that he wouldn’t be able to bring his grades back up, Dre focused primarily on music and spending time with his friends.

During the 1980s, Dre would adopt the name of “Dr. J” before going by the name that everyone’s come to know. While still a teenager, Dre would become part of a group called the World Class Wreckin’ Cru that became local legends. Dre was more known for his ability to mix songs, earning himself a reputation as a producer. He would get more exposure for this by working with a local radio station.

Dre ended up dropping out of school to focus on his burgeoning rap career, and met rappers Ice Cube and Eazy-E. Already having worked with DJ Yella, Dre and these rappers (as well as MC Ren and Arabian Prince) had formed a group that would become known as N.W.A.. The group would become a huge success thanks to their 1988 debut album “Straight Outta Compton”. Not only was the album influential in establishing gangster rap, but it put all of the members on the map and even became the basis of a biographical film named after the album.

The group would release one more album in 1991 that heavily featured Dr. Dre, though the group would go on without Ice Cube. Dre was also still busy as a producer around this time, working with several rappers to help establish multiple stars. Dre would end up leaving the group in 1991, as well, heeding the advice of Suge Knight.

A solo career would prove to be successful for Dre as he had met Snoop Dogg and released the 1992 album known as “The Chronic” that included hit songs such as “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang” and “Dre Day”. The album showed that Dre was able to carry a successful career on his own, and his collaborations with Snoop Dogg had made the duo some of the biggest names in music during the early 1990s.

At this time, Dre had been working with Death Row records, which allowed him to have collaborations with the likes of 2Pac and Blackstreet. Dre would have a falling out with Death Row, though, causing him to start his own record label called Aftermath Entertainment. This would end up being a big turning point for Dre, who has released several albums under his label from the likes of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, 50 Cent, Busta Rhymes and more.

Dre has taken several breaks in his music career over the years, and much of his attention has been on the production side of things. Following “The Chronic”, Dre wouldn’t release another album until 1999 when he came out with “2001”. Since then, Dre’s only studio album was released in 2015 and called “Compton”. He made his triumphant return in 2011 as a singles artist when he released “I Need a Doctor” in 2011 that reached the top five of the Billboard charts.

Outside of the music industry, Dre has also found massive success thanks to his business venture into audio. Dre was responsible for the founding of Beats headphones that carried his name on the label. The headphones would become the most recognizable brand in the industry, and were being endorsed by celebrities all over the world. Dre would sell his Beats headphones to Apple for a staggering $3 billion, making him the richest man in all of hip hop.

With all of that money and success that he’s had, Dre obviously never has to work another day in his life. However, the 53 year old is still focused on producing music and running his label that has launched many careers. There might not be any Dr. Dre songs coming out where he’s the featured rapper, but he’s still very much involved and still working on his craft to this day.