Forgot About Dre: Tracking Dr. Dre's Last Five Years
"How nigga? My last album was The Chronic." Sure, it took Dre almost seven years to follow up his classic debut with another album, but along the way, he became one of the industry's biggest moguls. He discovered Slim Shady and built an empire around him with Aftermath (and Shady) Records.
Snoop Dogg Has Never Listened To "Doggystyle"
Snoop Dogg's classic debut album, Doggystyle celebrates its 20th anniversary today, and while this date will be an invitation to many to revisit the project, Snoop himself will likely not be among them-- considering he's never once listened to it through!
Dee Barnes Pens Essay Addressing The Exclusion Of Her Assault From "Straight Outta Compton"
If you've followed Dr. Dre's career, you probably know something about his assault of hip-hop artist and Pump It Up! host Dee Barnes, but as these things tend to get buried, you probably don't know the whole story.
7 Artists We Discovered On "Compton"
Dr. Dre's Compton has hit most hip hop-lovers speakers by this point, and one of the most defining characteristics of the album are the largely unknown artists that make up the features.
Top Tracks: September 28 - October 4
10) The Game feat. Diddy - Standing On Ferraris In his search for another hit, The Game is an equal opportunity employer. The decidedly West Coast rapper is even willing to reach out to the figurehead of the label that was once at the forefront of the East Coast sound -- though he only grants him a speaking role. "Standing On Ferraris" didn't budge in its second week on the charts, holding strong at #10.
Director X Explains Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta" Music Video
Toronto's Director X is now one of the most successful music video directors around. He's directed multiple Drake videos, as well as recent videos for T.I., Iggy Azalea, and Wiz Khalifa. His latest vid is Kendrick Lamar's "King Kunta", and its some of his best work yet.
Dr. Dre Hints At New Music Coming Today
Dr. Dre already gave us a full album this year -- something most of us thought was a complete impossibility at this point. Today, we may be getting even more music from the legendary producer/rapper, though it's not clear how old or new the selection might be.Dre has promised some "unreleased" music will be premiered on his Beats 1 Radio show The Pharmacy today, and while we know he must have a huge bank of music from multiple eras -- so it's hard to predict exactly what we'll be hearing tonight.
The Greatest Album That Never Was: A Eulogy For "Detox"
This room has been silent for sixteen years. For sixteen years, this hip-hop fan has waited for this hallowed space to be filled with the sounds of a classic that was promised-- Detox. The ultimate follow up to Dr. Dre’s only other solo albums, The Chronic, and its sequel, 2001. Instead, it’s a summer night in 2015 and Compton is being blasted through my Beats speakers.
Chance The Rapper Auditioned For The Dr. Dre Role In The N.W.A. Biopic
At this point, the N.W.A. biopic, "Straight Outta Compton", is pretty much under wraps. An extended trailer was just released this week, with actor Corey Hawkins playing the all-important role of Dr. Dre. Generally, the cast is pretty low-profile, with Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., being the only instantly-recognizable name in the group of actors playing the five members.
Eminem, Dr. Dre, Nas & More Perform At Beats By Dre Grammy Party
Beats Music just launched last week, and they celebrated the occasion (as well as the upcoming Grammy awards) last night at the Belasco Theater in LA. It was a star-studded event to say the least, with Dre seemingly calling in just about all his connectiosn to perform at the event.
Dr. Dre's "Compton" & The Weeknd's "Beauty Behind The Madness" Go Gold
Album sales don't move as fast as they used to, but the biggest releases do manage to hit gold within a year, with a very select few making it to platinum status. The two most recent 2015 releases to get gold certification from the RIAA (which is measured on a different scale than Nielsen Soundscan, and doesn't include streams) are Dr. Dre's Compton and The Weeknd's Beauty Behind The Madness.
Dr. Dre's Assault Of Dee Barnes Was In Original "Straight Outta Compton" Script
Dee Barnes' recent op-ed in Gawker revisited her 1991 assault at the hands of Dr. Dre and raised questions about the incident's omission from "Straight Outta Compton." It was a reminder that, however popularly and critically acclaimed, the film is a subjective history and does not present a comprehensive account of N.W.A.'s rise to stardom.
Dr. Dre Sued By Former Housekeeper
Raquelle Sagustume, a former housekeeper of Dr. Dre, is suing Dre and his wife, Nicole Young, on the basis of unfair working conditions during her 13 months working at the couple's estate. In the lawsuit, she claims that she was unjustly fired while she was in the hospital due to a work-induced panic attack.
#TBT: Eminem's Early Deep Cuts
Marshall Mather's career has been a roller-coaster ride of success, drug abuse, WTF moments and undeniable talent. Widely regarded as one of the best MCs of all time, Eminem has no shortage of recognizable tunes and hits.
Dr. Dre Shares Release Date & Promotional Photo For N.W.A Biopic
The actors who will portray Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E in the upcoming N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, were revealed earlier this week, and now Dr. Dre has given us the official release date for the film.
The age-old question under which almost all hip-hop music is scrutinized: does it pass the car test? There isn't a precise recipe for passing the car test. What goes in the living room, livens up an elevator, or tears the roof off of a nightclub, may not be suitable for the cabin of your automobile. If you asked me, I would say that passing the car test requires a certain bold, yet uninvasive presence, allowing you to balance your attention between the rhymes, the rhythm, and the road.
Dr. Dre & Kendrick Lamar Guest At Game's "The Documentary" 10th Anniversary Concert
Game's debut album, The Documentary just celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend, and on top of making hip hop heads world-wide feel old, the Compton rapper decided to toast the occasion with a special concert.
RIP Nate Dogg: A Look Into The Work Of The Hook King
On March 15, 2011, Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, who we know better as Nate Dogg, passed away from complications of multiple strokes. He left behind a body of work that includes the best hooks rap has ever seen.
Hip-Hop Albums That Represent Major Cities
Have you ever been listening to a hip-hop album from top to bottom and realized that every word, every beat and every cadence is an almost perfect representation of the city you're from? Have you ever taken a step back and noticed how much an album "sounds" like a very distinct place? That is the power of hip-hop albums; they serve as city soundtracks.
10 Best Hip-Hop Crews Of All Time
The hip hop crew is an essential part of success. Whether big or small, every rapper has an entourage. Sometimes it's full of rappers, and other times it's just his buddies from back in the day, nonetheless, weak links in a crew can water down the crew as a whole-- something we took into consideration when crafting this list. You have the multimedia approach that Odd Future takes, and also the full-on lyrical assault that Wu-Tang Clan makes. Both are great crews, but who would comprise a list of the best rap crews of all time?