by Leo King

14 February 2013

Cult Heroes: Dr Dre

by Leo King  |  14 February 2013

Dr Dre is one of the most respected producers and artists not only in the history of hip-hop, but in the whole history of music.

He has delivered some of the biggest hits of the last 30 years, in spite of a tumultuous business and personal history, and has always been able to develop successful artists.

Right from his early hit, ‘Surgery’ with the World Class Wreckin' Cru, up to his recent work, Dre has drawn on real issues and thoughts, and delivered them with great musicality.

In the 90s, onlookers were left either gobsmacked or impressed by his hits ‘F*ck Tha Police’ and ‘Straight Outta Compton’, with N.W.A. There was then a difficult end to Dre’s partnership with Eazy-E, as he joined the infamous Death Row Records, which led to him working closely with superstars Snoop Dogg and 2Pac. A few years later, Death Row’s end was equally painful, as lawsuits mounted and 2Pac tragically died in gunfire.

After a hiatus of a few years, Dre ripped apart the charts with his comeback album ‘2001’, for which he had saved some his best work. Tracks like ‘Still D.R.E.’ and ‘Big Ego’s’ exemplified his airy, spatially arranged music that left plenty of clearance for the rappers and each instrument to shine. The track ‘F*ck You’ was another example of Dre's ability to put together a group of excellent rappers on one track and make it work, while introducing the much loved underground artist Devin the Dude.

Dre recently featured on a superb album by Kendrick Lamar, who promises to be a star.

There has been no Dr Dre album for over a decade, but he's been delivering superhits for artists ranging from [Eminem](art.44] (whom he introduced to the world), The Game, Mary J Blige, Eve, 50 Cent, and Jay-Z.

His track ‘I Need a Doctor’ was released in 2011, from his long promised Detox album. Yet the album, in spite of much hype for a decade, has not yet surfaced, leaving punters to wonder whether it ever will. Nevertheless, the track leaves no doubt that Dre is still on fire. Even if we wait another decade, if Dre delivers the standard he did on his previous album, 2001, then Detox will have been well worth the wait.

Dre, whenever we need a Doctor, we know who to call.

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