One of the pioneers of gangsta rap and his own variation of G-Funk, Dr. Dre is is one of the greatest hip hop producers. He co-founded the rap group N.W.A in 1987 and the following year they released their full-length debut, the controversial Straight Outta Compton, which turned platinum and put Dr. Dre on the map.
His solo debut came in 1992 with album The Chronic which made him a household name and a star of Snoop Doggy Dogg. Its groundbreaking production modernised west coast hip hop sound brought rap to a wider audience and sold in the millions.
In 1996, he launched his own record company, Aftermath Entertainment, propelling Tupac Shakur, Eminem and 50 Cent into super stardom.
Following a hiatus of 16 years between his second solo album, 2001, came the universally acclaimed Compton in 2015, a companion piece to the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, featuring cameos by Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.
In 2018 Netflix screened the compelling documentary miniseries The Defiant Ones tracing the business partnership between Dr. Dre and the visionary producer Jimmy Iovine and their historic influence on the musical landscape.