Andre Romelle Young (born February 18, 1965), primarily known by his stage nameÂ Dr. Dre, is aÂ record producer,Â rapper,Â record executive, andÂ actor. He is the founder and currentÂ CEO ofÂ Aftermath Entertainment and a former co-owner and artist ofÂ Death Row Records, also having produced albums for and overseeing the careers of many rappers signed to those record labels, such asÂ Snoop Dogg,Â Eminem andÂ 50 Cent. As a producer he is credited as a key figure in the popularization ofÂ West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized asÂ synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats.
Dr.Â Dre began his career in music as a member of theÂ World Class Wreckin’ Cru and he later found fame with the influentialÂ gangsta rap groupÂ N.W.A withÂ Eazy-E,Â Ice Cube,Â Mc Ren, andÂ DJ Yella which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life. His 1992 solo debut,Â The Chronic, released under Death Row Records, led him to become one of the best-selling American performing artists of 1993 and to win aÂ Grammy Award for the single “Let Me Ride”. In 1996, he left Death Row to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. Under that label, he produced a compilation album titledÂ Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titledÂ 2001 in 1999, for which he won the Grammy producer’s award the next year.
During the 2000s, he focused his career on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals to other artists’ songs. Dr. Dre signedÂ Eminem andÂ 50 Cent to his record label in 1996 and 2003 respectively while contributing production on their albums.Â Rolling Stone named Dr. Dre among the highest-paid performers of 2001 and 2004. Dr.Â Dre has also had acting roles in movies such asÂ Set It Off, and the 2001 filmsÂ The Wash andÂ Training Day.