Back in 2020, Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” was archived in the Library of Congress, as previously reported by AFROTECH. The Library of Congress selected the mogul’s 1992 debut studio album as one of the 25 “aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historical and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”
Sep 7, 2023
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are moving onward to providing youth with educational opportunities.
Aug 31, 2023
Will.i.am recognizes the power of culture. It’s why he featured the Beats headphones in The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” music video 14 years ago. The video has amassed over 462 million views (at the time of this writing).
Aug 7, 2023
During Super Bowl LVI, rap legend Dr. Dre was tasked with putting on an awe-inspiring halftime show, and he accepted the challenge. Electrifying So-Fi Stadium, he brought on fellow musicians and artists Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem. via GIPHY For weeks, Dre had fans talking about the performance’s impact and what it meant for Black culture and the rap genre. Fast forward to weeks before Super Bowl LVII, Dr. Dre is not performing again, but he is still making headlines.
Jan 12, 2023
Dr. Dre was not a fan of this politician using his music without proper permission.
Jan 10, 2023
Sean “Diddy” Combs has reportedly reached billionaire status.
Oct 28, 2022
If a theme song was needed for what’s happening with the popular music platform, Verzuz, then cue Dr. Dre’s “Next Episode.” In a recent development from Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, all is not copasetic with the folks at Triller. The musical duo has sued the social media app for breach of contract to the tune of $28 million.
Aug 17, 2022
If we told you that Dr. Dre was almost a part of the Mickey Mouse club, would you believe us? According to the New York Post, the legendary west-coast rapper caught the attention of Disney with his 1992 debut studio album, “The Chronic.” The album’s success caused then-chairman and CEO Michael Eisner to hone in on the rising emcee whose real name is Andre Romelle Young. “We’d have these music meetings every week with Michael Eisner at Disney, and Michael Eisner came by and he sees the record’s at No. 1 and he goes, ‘I thought you had a relationship with this guy?’ I said, ‘I do,’” Dr. Dre’s lawyer, Peter Paterno, explained during an episode of the “Connection is Magic” podcast.
Jul 8, 2022
After a four-year-long legal battle, Dr. Dre and Xzibit have come out as the winners.
Jun 30, 2022
Dr. Dre is using his influence to support students at Compton High School. Los Angeles Times reports Dr. Dre teamed up with city and school leaders for a ceremony announcing plans for the $200 million performing arts center at Compton High School. The center will be named “Andre ‘Dr. Dre’ Young Performing Arts Center” following a $10 million donation from the rapper in 2017, according to a press release. “When I was approached about finding a performing arts center that will provide an arts and technological education to students, and be accessible to the community at large, I was all in. I wanted to give the young people in Compton something I never had,” Dr. Dre said during the ceremony.
May 11, 2022
In 2014, Apple obtained the rights to Beats Music and Beats Electronics, founded by Hip-Hop royalty Dr. Dre. His excitement about the news, however, allegedly led to changes in the deal. Eager to celebrate his wins, the former N.W.A member created a video where he dubbed himself “the first billionaire in Hip-Hop.” Now, alleged details have surfaced claiming that the celebratory statement cost the mogul $200 million out of the deal.
May 6, 2022
Dr. Dre represented for South LA when he showcased the records that have shaped his legendary career this past Super Bowl Sunday and the proof showed in the numbers. AfroTech previously reported that the Dr.Dre and Snoop Dogg -laced track, “Still D.R.E.” hit over a billion views on YouTube after their halftime performance. The record was released in 1999 and for more than two decades it’s re-appeared on the Billboard charts. While sitting in the wins of still being a long-standing force in the industry, now, he’s helping the next generation break the mold with a new partnership. The music mogul has teamed up with adidas and PENSOLE Design Academy to launch an innovative school program “that blends fashion, technology, and entrepreneurship,” according to Rolling Stone. Joining him to teach the young entrepreneurs is his longtime business and music partner Jimmy Iovine. Students located in LA County will be offered a new curriculum spearheaded by the Iovine and Young Academy, the USC...
Feb 18, 2022
A billi, a billi, a billi… That’s what Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre have on their hands, thanks in no small part to Super Bowl Sunday. On Super Bowl Sunday, the rap legends performed the 1999 classic, “Still D.R.E.” — which came off of Dre’s second solo album, “2001.” At the time of its release, “Still D.R.E.” did fairly well, but it fell just short of the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Rap charts, peaking at No. 11 on Nov. 20, 1999. It did, however, remain on the charts for 21 weeks. Then in 2011, Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre uploaded the song to YouTube. According to Billboard, the Hype Williams-directed video — which featured cameos from the likes of Eminem, Funkmaster Flex, and Warren G, to name but a few — started climbing with its views. That didn’t mean that the pair didn’t know how to make the song make money for them. They subsequently licensed out the track to “Training Day” — the film that gave Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar — and to the “Grand Theft Auto” video games....
Feb 17, 2022
It’s been far too long since we’ve had a new music release from Dr. Dre. The last time the NWA legend-turned- billionaire magnate dropped some new music was 2015’s “Compton,” which was released alongside the biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” Now, Snoop Dogg says that our wait for greatness is over. In a recent appearance on Rolling Stone’s Music Now podcast, the Doggfather said that the music Dr. Dre will be releasing will be through the “Grand Theft Auto” game franchise. And, as he’s done in the past, Snoop Dogg himself will be part of the music. “I do know he’s in the studio,” he said to the podcast. “I do know he’s making great f–king music. And some of his music is connected to the GTA game that’s coming out. So I think that that will be the way that his music will be released, through the GTA video game.” While Snoop didn’t say which game Dr. Dre would be releasing his new music on, HipHopDX reports that Rockstar Games will be releasing two titles tied to the game. The first,...
Oct 29, 2021
Love him or hate him, Dr. Dre has made his way in life. The Aftermath Records founder has certainly come a long way from his heyday in the seminal Hip-Hop group, NWA. According to Newsweek, Apple’s deal with Beats by Dre in 2014 made him one of the wealthiest men in hip-hop. The tech giant snapped up the headphones in a deal that, at that time, was worth close to $3 billion. While it was said that he was one of Hip-Hop’s first billionaires, a subsequent investigation by Forbes refuted that claim. “Forbes still doesn’t agree with the assessment made in the wake of Apple’s $3 billion 2014 purchase of his Beats By Dr. Dre headphone line,” reported the outlet. “The superproducer owned an estimated 20%-25% of the company at the time; of the $2.6 billion Apple paid upfront in cash, another $295 million was earmarked to cover debt payments, leaving Dre with a little over $500 million.” Despite not reaching billionaire status, his $780 million net worth — per Celebrity Net Worth — makes him...
Oct 8, 2021