Andre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder of Aftermath Entertainment & Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner of, and an artist on, Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Enimiem, Xzibit, 50 The Game & Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-Funk Style, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In 2014, Dr. Dre was ranked as the second richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $550 million; he is at the top of the 2015 Forbes list, with an estimated pre-tax take of $620 million in 2014.
Rolling Stone ranked Dre at 56 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All-Time".
Dre began his career as a member of the World Class Wreckin" Cru and later found fame with the influential gangsta rap group NWA with Eazy E, which popularized the use of explicit lyrics in rap to detail the violence of street life.
Dr. Dre signed Eminem and 50 Cent to his record label in 1998 and 2002 respectively, while contributing production on their albums. He has won six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year.
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