Happy Birthday Dr. Dre! 10 Facts About Dre

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Its officially Dre Day!

Today, February 18th, rap mogul and West Coast legend Dr. Dre turns 53. He was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with NWA and he has also contributed to some of music’s biggest rap anthems.

Heres 10 Facts you might of forgot about Dre!

  • Birth name is Andre Romelle Young.
  • Dre’s music career began as a DJ at a club named “The Eve After Dark” and His DJ name was Dr J.
  • He was an original member of the hip hop group N.W.A. formed in 1986.
  • His first film appearance was in the 1996 film “Set it off”
  • In 1996, he left Death Row Records to establish his own label, Aftermath Entertainment.
  • In 2008 Dr Dre released his first brand of headphones, Beats By Dr Dre. It was sold to tech giants Apple in May 2014 for a reported 464 billion, the most expensive Apple takeover purchase ever.
  • Dr. Dre and the Neptunes are the only hip-hop producers to ever win Producer of the Year at the Grammys.
  • In 2014 He earned $20 per second
  • As of 2017 he is the third richest figure in hip hop according to Forbes with a net worth of $740 million
  •  Dr. Dre has won six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE GOAT!  Here are some of my favorite Beats by Dre.

 

 

Here Are The Top 5 Richest Hip-Hop Artists

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Hip-Hop music and culture, once looked upon as an undesirable sub-culture in America, has gone mainstream and produced a new crop of millionaires with tons of money.

Forbes released a list of the top five richest hip-hop artists who have amassed multi-million dollar fortunes that combine record sales, brand endorsements, lucrative entrepreneurial endeavors, and savvy investing.

Check out the list of Hip-Hop’s Top 5 richest artists:

#5 Drake: Net Worth – $60 million

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#4 Birdman: Net Worth – $110 million

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#3 Jay Z: Net Worth –  $610 million

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#2 Dr. Dre: Net Worth – $710 million

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#1 Diddy: Net Worth – $750 million

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Watch the video above to see how these stars made their millions.

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Jimmy Iovine Apologizes For Saying Women “Find It Very Difficult” To Find Music

In an interview with CBS This Morning yesterday, Jimmy Iovine made a sexist comment regarding women’s prowess in the music industry. He’s since issued an apology.

During the interview with Gayle King, the co-founder of Interscope Records and the man behind Beats By Dre, said, “I always knew that women find it very difficult at times — some women — to find music. And this helps makes it easier with playlists, curated by real people.”

His comments faced immediate backlash, and even Gayle rushed to his defense, tweeting that his quotes were taken out of context. But that tweet was later deleted.

Late last night, Jimmy released a statement in order to apologize and clarify his comments:

“We created Apple Music to make finding the right music easier for everyone — men and women, young and old. Our new ad focuses on women, which is why I answered the way I did, but of course the same applies equally for men. I could have chosen my words better, and I apologize.”

Watch the interview above.

SOURCE: Billboard | VIDEO SOURCE: CBS News

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NFL Bans Beats By Dre Headphones

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Move over Beats By Dre, and hello, Bose. The NFL has scored Bose as their official headphone sponsor, which means that Beats By Dre is officially banned.

What this means is that no NFL player will be able to wear Beats headphones — or any other headphone company — in press conferences and television interviews, including pre- and post-game interviews, according to Re/code.

The NFL released a statement about the Bose agreement:

“The NFL has longstanding policies that prohibit branded exposure on-field or during interviews unless authorized by the league. These policies date back to the early 1990s and continue today,” an NFL spokesperson said in a statement. “They are the NFL’s policies – not one of the league’s sponsors, Bose in this case.  Bose is not involved in the enforcement of our policies. This is true for others on-field.”

The NFL isn’t the first in the sports world to ban Beats. FIFA did so this summer for the World Cup when they had a sponsorship with Sony. The headphones were banned during game days as well as media briefings.

“Over the last few years athletes have written Beats into their DNA as part of the pre-game ritual,” a Beats spokesperson said. “Music can have a significant positive effect on an athlete’s focus and mental preparedness and has become as important to performance as any other piece of equipment.”

Based on what Bose has said, we’ll have to see how the player’s gameplay goes.

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During the NBA Finals you may have caught a glimpse of a new Beats By Dre commercial. The song is “Jungle” X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons ftg Jay-Z. Check it out below

Dr. Dre May Not Be Hip-Hop’s First Billionaire Yet!

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It’s looking like Hip Hop Pioneer Dr. Dre might not be a Billionaire just yet! According to Forbes, Dre owns a 25 percent of Beats. When you calculate the taxes for the Doctor, the transaction comes out to be around $480 Million dollars! Add Dre’s current net worth to that & it brings the mogul to aaround $800 million dollars! Even if he’s not at a billion right now, he’ll make it there eventually!

Apple To Buy Beats By Dre For $3.2 Billion

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Dr. Dre just became hip hop‘s richest man. How, you ask? Apple just bought Beats By Dre for $3.2 BILLION. Watch the video below as Tyrese helps Dr. Dre make the announcement. NSFW….turn the volume down before you listen

While a lot of outlets are reporting that Dr. Dre is hip hop’s first billionaire you need to read this article in Forbes first. He is hip hop’s richest man but a little shy of billionaire

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5 Things We Would Love To See Happen But Probably Won’t!

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1. Lebron James Enter The Slam Dunk Contest

Lebron James entered the NBA in 2003 with a lot of expectations on his shoulders. Its 2014 and although “King James” has many accomplishments in the NBA, he is missing one! Lebron has never competed in the “Slam Dunk Contest”. Every year right before The All-Star Break, a video seems to “surface” of Bron Bron showing off various Slam Dunks. This year Lebron even went as far to say he’d win the Dunk Contest this year if he entered, leaving us all with the question….” Why don’t you just enter the contest?!” Michael Jordan has been in the contest. Kobe Bryant has been in the contest. Even Dwight Howard has participated! What are you waiting for Lebron?! Maybe you’re waiting so that you can hold the record for “oldest player to enter The Slam Dunk Contest.” At this point my money is on Lebron going bald before he enters The SDC!

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2. Manny Pacquiao Vs Floyd Mayweather Jr.

These 2 great boxers were supposed to fight back in 2010 but alleged disagreements between both of their camps caused the fight not to happen! It was supposed to be the highest grossing fight in boxing history. There was word that Mayweather wanted  Pacquiao to have an Olympic style anti doping test but Pacquiao denied having a blood work test done because he said it would weaken him before the fight. Since 2010 both fighters have fought many fights but not with each other. Mayweather’s record at this point stands at 45-0, while Pacquiao’s record stands at 55-5-2! If they fight and Mayweather wins then he’ll go down as one of the greatest ever. If he loses he’ll still go down as one of the greatest ever. I think we are all pretty much over this fight happening!

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3. Dr. Dre release DETOX

Hip Hop legend Dr. Dre has been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years and counting. He has worked with every artist you can think of! Dre has sold millions upon millions of records with his 2 solo albums, The Chronic & 2001.  There has been much anticipation for a 3rd album from Dr. Dre titled Detox. There have been many release dates and confirmation from artist like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 50 cent. Dr. Dre also has his hand in other ventures besides making his own music such as endorsements, producing for other artists, and even marketing his own line of headphones, Beats By Dre. All of which have played a part in the delay of Detox. Some of his peers in the industry say that Dre’s working ethic is none like no other and when he’s involved with other projects it takes away his motivation to record new material for the Detox album. I guess if we want to hear a full Dr. Dre album then we gotta pull out that Chronic! 

 

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4. Jay-z and Dame Dash Work Together..Again

Back in 2013 Jay & Dame reunited for a brief moment and it was great. As far as them working together again its highly unlikely. They built great history with Rocafella and made us all throw our diamonds up. Who knows what Rocafella could have been if there was never any issues between these 2.  It was nothing like seeing Dame Dash do his dance with a champagne bottle in his hand onstage at a Jay-z concert. Maybe one day we will see Jay-z perform The Dynasty: Roc La Familia live in concert at Cochella with everyone that was on the album!

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 5. Another State Property Album

For those who don’t know, the group consists of Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Oschino, Omillio Sparks, Young Chris & Neef Buck. Their 2nd album State Property Chain Gang Vol 2 can easily be considered a philly classic! Although it only sold 296,000 copies, the streets loved it! Who wouldn’t want to hear one more album or at least a mixtape from them. It’s only right! They were like a mini Wu-Tang Clan!

Why Beats By Dre Solo HD Headphones Are A Winner For The Holiday Season

Looking for a gift to surprise someone for the holidays? Does your music savvy friend seem to have everything, but you want to give them the one gift you know they’ll love? Try the Beats by Dre Solo HD. They offer a clearer, deeper sound, have a built-in mic, and are extremely durable. The headphones come in a variety of colors, so you’re sure to find a pair that’s a favorite. And for a retail price of $199.99, it’s the most cost effective of the line. Take a look at more specs below.

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Dr. Dre/Jimmy Iovine Get A $500M Investor For Beats Electronics

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“I don’t bop, I do the money dance!”- Rick Ross

And that’s exactly the dance music moguls Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine are doing right now as they have secured a minority investor in their company Beats Electronics, which distributes the Beats headphones as well as other products.  The Carlyle group, which is based out of DC is reportedly investing $500 million dollars for a minority stake in the company.  This would bring the net worth of the company to just over $1 billion dollars.  Dr. Dre is currently 3rd on the Forbes list this year for World’s Highest Paid Hip Hop Artists.  Money, money, yea yea!!!

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2 Chainz Previews New Song Called “I Do It” in Beats By Dre Video


2 Chainz just previewed a new song called “I Do It” as part of a promotional video for Beats By Dre today. The video shows 2 Chainz grabbing a sledgehammer and crushing a pair of generic in-ear headphones. The message is simple: “#DESTROYBADSOUND.” The video ends with Beats announcing a 10% discount on their headphones for trading in an old pair.

The song itself sounds like it has the potential to be a hit. In the chorus, 2 Chainz says “My trigga finger keeps itching/I’ll pull it, I do it.” The song will appear on 2 Chainz’s upcoming sophomore release, B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me Time, and will sport appearances from both Lil Wayne and Drake. “I Do It” is co-produced by teenage sensationWondaGurl and D. Rich, and is one of two placements the rising star from Toronto has on the album.

B.O.A.T.S. 2: Me TIme is set for a September 10 release. Meanwhile, 2 Chainz will be performing tonight at the MTV Video Music Awards. While he is expected to perform lead single “Feds Watching,” it is possible that he might give fans a live preview of this new song, especially with Drake already set to perform at the awards as well. Check out the new song above.

Nicki Minaj Teams Up With The Doc To Promote New Beats Speakers

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Nicki Minaj has collaborated with the Beats company, best known with their invention of the Beats By Dre headphones, to market Nicki’s brand new Pink Pills speakers.  Check out the video below of behind the scenes footage of the brand new commercial that also makes an appearance from the Doc himself, super producer and hip hop mogul Dr. Dre.  For the full the complete story of Nicki Minaj’s business venture go to Global Grind Dot Com.

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Dr. Dre Shifts Business To Ireland For Better Tax Advantage

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Dr. Dre has built a multi-million dollar empire, owning a 51% stake in “Beats by Dre” headphones. His company recently helped him earn the title of “Highest Earning Rapper” for the past year. Now, there are reports that Dre is attempting to maximize his profits by shifting his business overseas…

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Super producer Dr. Dre was the highest paid musician in the world, it was recently revealed by Forbes and it appears that the rap mogul is attempting to save as much of his earnings as possible.

Dr. Dre, born Andre Young, recently based three of his companies in West Cork, Ireland, to help reduce his tax liability.

According to the Irish Examiner, Dr. Dre recently established three companies in Clonakilty, Co Cork, Ireland with a specialty firm named O’Mahony Donnelly, in order to take advantage of country’s corporate tax rate.

Beats By Dre Will No Longer Be Made By Monster

Beats By Dre headphonesIt’s a wrap for Beats By Dre and Monster, because the two companies will sever their relationship when their contract expires at the end of this year. Beats Electronics and Monster Cable Products say there aren’t any hard feelings about the split, but the word is, there is tension.

According to reports, both sides think they are responsible for the success of the headphones, and they weren’t able to reach mutually agreeable financial terms.

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Where The Idea For Beats By Dre Came From

Beats By Dre headphones were created by Dr. Dre, one of the most important producers in hip-hop, but his hardware has penetrated a bigger audience. Even people who aren’t into the culture have these popular headphones, and they were not the brainchild of D.R.E.

Find out which producer/rapper first planted the seed for Beats By Dre in this video spotted on HuffPo.com. It features former music executive Steve Stoute interviewing Jay-Z, PharrellJimmy Iovine and Lady Gaga about the “tanning” of America. Skip to the 1:39 mark in the clip to see Iovine talk about how the Beats By Dre headphones came to fruition.

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