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Question: Which hip-hop group did Dr. Dre cofound in Compton, California, in 1986?
Answer: Dr. Dre was one of the five core founding members of Compton-based N.W.A along with Eazy-E, Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella; the group is known for popularizing the gangsta rap genre of hip-hop music.
Question: What record label did Dr. Dre cofound with Marion “Suge” Knight following his departure from N.W.A in 1992?
Answer: Following his departure from N.W.A and the Ruthless Records label the group recorded under, Dr. Dre cofounded Death Row Records with Marion “Suge” Knight.
Question: What production style (and to an extent, subgenre) of hip-hop is Dr. Dre often credited with popularizing upon release of his solo debut album The Chronic (1992)?
Answer: Dr. Dre is often credited with popularizing the G-funk subgenre of hip-hop with the release of his solo debut album The Chronic (1992), which is characterized by sampling of funk instrumentation from the 1970s, though it has been disputed that he is the sole originator of the sound.
Question: Which rapper from Detroit did Dr. Dre first sign to a major label and have a long collaborative partnership with?
Answer: Dr. Dre was the first to sign rapper Eminem to a major label in 1998: his Aftermath Entertainments subsidiary of Interscope Records. They subsequently rapped on each other’s albums, and Dr. Dre has been known to consistently provide production work to Eminem’s music.
Question: Which music-streaming service did Dr. Dre and business partner Jimmy Iovine launch in 2014?
Answer: Dr. Dre and his business partner Jimmy Iovine launched the Beats Music music-streaming service in 2014 after they had established the Beats Electronics company in 2008. Following Apple Inc.’s acquisition of the company in 2014, Beats Music was folded into Apple Music.
Question: Which of these artists has never been signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment record label?
Answer: Though Aftermath Entertainment has a reputation for signing artists who do not end up producing full-length albums with the label for various reasons, East Coast-originating JAY-Z has never been signed to Dr. Dre’s label. Kendrick Lamar, Busta Rhymes, and 50 Cent are a sampling of the notable rappers who have been signed to Aftermath Entertainment with varied success.
Question: What rapper costarred with Dr. Dre in the critical and commercial flop The Wash (2001)?
Answer: Snoop Dogg co-starred with Dr. Dre in the critical and commercial flop The Wash (2001). They played comedic foils to one another, but the film ultimately did not land with audiences and was panned. Nevertheless, the pair have had many fruitful musical collaborations such as the early track “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” from Dr. Dre’s The Chronic (1992).
Question: What is the name of Dr. Dre’s legendary unreleased album that was supposed to be a follow-up to The Chronic (1992) and 2001 (1999)?
Answer: The name of Dr. Dre’s legendary unreleased album project that would have succeeded The Chronic (1992) and 2001 (1999) was called Detox. However, for multiple reasons—including Dr. Dre’s preoccupation with other musical production and business ventures—the long-anticipated album kept getting pushed back until he finally scrapped it. The third studio album from Dr. Dre ended up being Compton (2015) to accompany the release of the film Straight Outta Compton (2015).
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