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Born on February 18, 1965 to a sixteen-year-old single mom, Andre Young, AKA Dr. Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and, most importantly, started what the media quickly dubbed Gangsta Rap. His departure from N.W.A. was a story right out of a pulp fiction novel. His new mentor, Suge Knigh Born on February 18, 1965 to a sixteen-year-old single mom, Andre Young, AKA Dr. Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and, most importantly, started what the media quickly dubbed Gangsta Rap. His departure from N.W.A. was a story right out of a pulp fiction novel. His new mentor, Suge Knight, allegedly used guns, baseball bats and a kidnap threat to get Dr. Dre released from his contract. Dre and Knight went on to build Death Row Records and turned it into a multi-billlion dollar company. Yet despite its unprecedented success with stars such as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tupac Shakur, the company quickly unraveled in a firestorm of rivalries, greed, violence, and scrutiny by both the government and the media. Not one to fade into the background, Dr. Dre's next move was to start his own record company, Aftermath Entertainment. As CEO, he discovered and created new stars like Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, and Eve. In this essential addition to any music section, award-winning author Ronin Ro details the rise, fall, and resurrection of one of the biggest names in rap music.


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Born on February 18, 1965 to a sixteen-year-old single mom, Andre Young, AKA Dr. Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and, most importantly, started what the media quickly dubbed Gangsta Rap. His departure from N.W.A. was a story right out of a pulp fiction novel. His new mentor, Suge Knigh Born on February 18, 1965 to a sixteen-year-old single mom, Andre Young, AKA Dr. Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and, most importantly, started what the media quickly dubbed Gangsta Rap. His departure from N.W.A. was a story right out of a pulp fiction novel. His new mentor, Suge Knight, allegedly used guns, baseball bats and a kidnap threat to get Dr. Dre released from his contract. Dre and Knight went on to build Death Row Records and turned it into a multi-billlion dollar company. Yet despite its unprecedented success with stars such as Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tupac Shakur, the company quickly unraveled in a firestorm of rivalries, greed, violence, and scrutiny by both the government and the media. Not one to fade into the background, Dr. Dre's next move was to start his own record company, Aftermath Entertainment. As CEO, he discovered and created new stars like Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game, and Eve. In this essential addition to any music section, award-winning author Ronin Ro details the rise, fall, and resurrection of one of the biggest names in rap music.

30 review for Dr. Dre: The Biography

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amar Pai

    Written in a weird tense... I don't know what it's called, it's sort of present tense. e.g. "Days go by. Dr. Dre's phone rings off the hook. Dr. Dre doesn't answer the phone." More irritatingly, it seems as if Dr. Dre was reading over Ronin Ro's shoulder as Ro typed out this biography, demanding revisions/deletions on every other paragraph... the whole thing is toothless and 'authorized' in the worst way. I did read the whole thing, but mainly just in the interest of going 'oh yeah, remember N.W Written in a weird tense... I don't know what it's called, it's sort of present tense. e.g. "Days go by. Dr. Dre's phone rings off the hook. Dr. Dre doesn't answer the phone." More irritatingly, it seems as if Dr. Dre was reading over Ronin Ro's shoulder as Ro typed out this biography, demanding revisions/deletions on every other paragraph... the whole thing is toothless and 'authorized' in the worst way. I did read the whole thing, but mainly just in the interest of going 'oh yeah, remember N.W.A? Oh yeah, remember when he launched Eminem's career? Oh yeah, 50 Cent!' etc. Basically this book is the literary equivalent of a hastily produced 30-minute 'Back to the Music' special on VH1. (disclaimer: no idea if 'Back to the Music' is a real thing)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Lady-R

    Una biografía de Dr. Dre demsiado rosa para mi gusto. Me gustan las biografías (o pelis o lo que sea) de músicos que se centran en la música. Está bien entrar en el salseo pero no que ello ocupe la mayor parte del libro.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Alex M.

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. “You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge,”-Straight outta Compton. The story of the come up of Andre Young, known as “Dr.Dre”, was a wild ride for himself. Beginning with his family life then moving on to the start of his DJ career, this biography of Andre Young was written pretty poorly. We are introduced into his normal life until he becomes obsessed over his disc jockey mixing set that transforms him from a regular kid into almost a hermit for a period of time. While he “You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge,”-Straight outta Compton. The story of the come up of Andre Young, known as “Dr.Dre”, was a wild ride for himself. Beginning with his family life then moving on to the start of his DJ career, this biography of Andre Young was written pretty poorly. We are introduced into his normal life until he becomes obsessed over his disc jockey mixing set that transforms him from a regular kid into almost a hermit for a period of time. While he is growing up during this time, crime was rampant around him and he felt as if those pressures would be pushed upon him. Unfortunately he runs into the law a few times causing him to be arrested. Being behind bars gave lessons and insights to Dre and he wouldn’t be the same today if he hadn’t spent his time in prison. The first time he had seen his father was after 20 years of being raised by his single mother. Other goodreads readers have said that this book is not written up to par with Ronin Ro’s other books and I would have to agree that it is not written as well as it could have. At some points in the book, it seemed very confusing to follow the correlation of what Dre was thinking and the response with his actions. I can also agree with the doubt people have on how rappers nowadays boast about their guns, drugs and sex, but after reading about Dre’s come up I can have respect for his career after hearing the stories that he went through. The strengths in the book are shown through the plot development of Andre Young’s life and the start of Dr.Dre’s career. It also does an excellent job of developing the characters that are introduced into the rap scene such as young Marshall Mathers who develops into the multi-million dollar success who takes the name Eminem. The type of reader who would like this book would be someone who is interested in getting to know the grind that people had to work for to achieve their fame. Another group of people who would like this would be people who were/are influenced by old rap culture or are fans of Dr.Dre’s music. It provides a good insight on many of today’s older generations of rappers such as Ice Cube, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and 50 cent.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Dominik Limanowka

    This biography really gave me a deeper insight on Dre and how his life influenced his music. I was surprised to learn all the hardships he's been through. When I hear music today and I hear rappers talking about guns and violence I usually don't believe it and feel like they're making that up just to act hard. But since I have read this book I know that there is one person out there named Dre that doesn't lie about the violence, drugs, and guns. He faced a difficult life but he made it with the This biography really gave me a deeper insight on Dre and how his life influenced his music. I was surprised to learn all the hardships he's been through. When I hear music today and I hear rappers talking about guns and violence I usually don't believe it and feel like they're making that up just to act hard. But since I have read this book I know that there is one person out there named Dre that doesn't lie about the violence, drugs, and guns. He faced a difficult life but he made it with the motivation he always had in his mind. I think a reader that has some knowledge of Dre's music or any knowledge at all of rap would enjoy this book. Dre started so many things in the rap movement so it really makes sense to read this and see where it all started and how some artists are where they are today. I have a lot of goodreads updates that show what my favorite parts, moments, or quotes are in this book. All of these updates show the highlights of the book and when Dre is at an all time high or low. I think a huge strength from this book is character development. Throughout the book the author describes the situation Dre is in and how he deals with everything. It is an autobiography so we expect that as readers as well but we also get to see how he changes easily because of the way the author wrote this book. The amount of information given in this book is unbelievable as each page has more and more music that you probably have not ever heard about. Because there is so much information about music there is also a weakness that comes with it. This weakness is that all the information given bores the reader and it becomes less exciting to read just music titles and when the song or piece of music was released. The book would be more interesting if there was more plot involved. I would agree with a lot of readers that wrote reviews on this book saying that the book has way too much detail with all the pieces of music Dre wrote and was inspired by. There is just too many facts to remember and that can become annoying. I also agree with some people who said the book was slow at the start but it sped up quick and before no time I was done with the book. All in all I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to others.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jay Rain

    Rating - 8 At times it felt too biased towards Dr Dre but ultimately a satisfying read into the rap mogul; Appreciate the effort that Ro put into the interviews & how the feuds are chronicled; New respect for Eminem Have a lesser respect for Dre himself w the violence against women, twelve or so kids & bastardization of hip hop (Puffy West); Skimming of the violence in his mom's house is apparent & questionable Rating - 8 At times it felt too biased towards Dr Dre but ultimately a satisfying read into the rap mogul; Appreciate the effort that Ro put into the interviews & how the feuds are chronicled; New respect for Eminem Have a lesser respect for Dre himself w the violence against women, twelve or so kids & bastardization of hip hop (Puffy West); Skimming of the violence in his mom's house is apparent & questionable

  6. 4 out of 5

    lindsey driskell

    Dre

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marc

    The book was a little slow at first but then it took off. Other readers on Goodreads said they like the way the book discusses Andre’s life and the struggles he had to overcome. I'd have to agree because the book really demonstrates where he started to where he is now. It shows the struggles of everyday life and how his passion led him away from wrong doings. It goes into a lot of detail for certain things in his life but not all. When he helped start Eminem’s career they would go back and forth The book was a little slow at first but then it took off. Other readers on Goodreads said they like the way the book discusses Andre’s life and the struggles he had to overcome. I'd have to agree because the book really demonstrates where he started to where he is now. It shows the struggles of everyday life and how his passion led him away from wrong doings. It goes into a lot of detail for certain things in his life but not all. When he helped start Eminem’s career they would go back and forth on the same beat and you could almost feel the way of their creative process. Strengths for this book would be the dreams and passions Dre shows throughout, how his dreams became his reality. The weakness of this book would have to be that if you don't like rap or gangster lifestyle you'd probably hate the book. The type of reader that would enjoy this book would be someone who loves rap music and wants to learn about the best rappers who were in the game. The character development of Dre throughout the book was almost always changing. From being a young boy in the streets of Compton not knowing what he wants to do with his life to performing on stage in Detroit yelling “fuck da police” causing a riot. He gains so much confidence as he performs and creates new beats, he grows into a man and starts to take more control of his own life. Some fascinating information is that Suge Knight was literally always trying to cause problems with him, he started off many rappers careers like Eminem or 50 cent, and Beats Electronics which Dre made was sold to Apple two years ago. Overall, this book was a great choice for me because I enjoy listening to his music and now I know what his music was trying to accomplish.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Henry Power

    Whether its Nuthin' But a G Thang, Still Dre, or I Need a Doctor, Dr. Dre is always entertaining. If you want to learn about the life about one of the best rappers then this is the book for you. The book, Dr. Dre, by Ronin Ro discusses the life of Andre Young or as we know him “Dr. Dre”. This book truly shows how hard life really can be. This book also demonstrates what a dream passion, or favorite activity can really become in the real world, a career. The book overall was great in my opinion b Whether its Nuthin' But a G Thang, Still Dre, or I Need a Doctor, Dr. Dre is always entertaining. If you want to learn about the life about one of the best rappers then this is the book for you. The book, Dr. Dre, by Ronin Ro discusses the life of Andre Young or as we know him “Dr. Dre”. This book truly shows how hard life really can be. This book also demonstrates what a dream passion, or favorite activity can really become in the real world, a career. The book overall was great in my opinion because of the use of detail and real life experiences. This book describes Dre’s life in great detail; it also talks about his family and his life growing up. I chose to do this collage because I thought I could represent what I thought was important in and about this wonderful book. The first picture I picked was a picture of young Andre Young. In this picture he is holding one of his first DJ systems. I thought this picture was very important because the book talks a lot about how he liked to DJ and how he loved music. The second picture I have on my collage is a picture of the author of the book, Ronin Ro. Another picture that is important is the picture of the book it self with Dre on the cover behind the title. The picture of Dre with his friend Cordozar Calvin Broadus or as rap fans know him “Snoop Dogg” represents Dre with one of his best friends and rap partner. My last picture is of Dr.Dre in a studio getting ready to record, and in Dr.Dre’s and many others words I’m out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Matt Harambe

    Dr Dre today is one of the most well known, most influential producers there is. The book isn't quite 300 hundred pages but it was worth the read. It's a confusing read due to all the rappers and MCs introduced throughout the biography. If you are interested in 90's rap and learning about one of the few masterminds that have come through the rap game, I would definitely recommend this biography. Dr. Dre was a young visionary, he changed the rap game, during the time of Michael Jackson, rappers w Dr Dre today is one of the most well known, most influential producers there is. The book isn't quite 300 hundred pages but it was worth the read. It's a confusing read due to all the rappers and MCs introduced throughout the biography. If you are interested in 90's rap and learning about one of the few masterminds that have come through the rap game, I would definitely recommend this biography. Dr. Dre was a young visionary, he changed the rap game, during the time of Michael Jackson, rappers were trying to be flashy and look respectable. Dr. Dre thought differently from groups such as RUN DMC and Ice T, bringing out the gangsta rap. But the crew that Dr originally worked for "The World Class Wreckin Cru" was not about the "gangsta rap". So Dre and his friend Eric "Eazy E" Lynn decided to make a run of their own by creating N.W.A. Went on to be one of the most influential both good and bad rap groups ever. Songs such as "F*c* the Police" an instant classic, caused riots and protests across the U.S. Dr. Dre after N.W.A went on to do his own thing finding young artists such as Eminem, the Game and 50 Cent and own/sell his headphone company for 2 billion dollars.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Skye Conton

    Dr. Dre: The Biography was an amazing book to read. I overall enjoyed how organized and detailed this book was, and it exposed me to new facts I never knew about one of my favorite Hip/Hop artists. The exposition includes his family, lifestyle, the beginning of his DJ career, and the famous N.W.A group he formed. It flows nicely to the termination of N.W.A to the start of Death Row Records and continuing into the death of Tupac (who was not Dre's friend). Next, he collaborated with young white r Dr. Dre: The Biography was an amazing book to read. I overall enjoyed how organized and detailed this book was, and it exposed me to new facts I never knew about one of my favorite Hip/Hop artists. The exposition includes his family, lifestyle, the beginning of his DJ career, and the famous N.W.A group he formed. It flows nicely to the termination of N.W.A to the start of Death Row Records and continuing into the death of Tupac (who was not Dre's friend). Next, he collaborated with young white rapper from Detroit: Marshall Mathers also known as Eminem. This book did have some turns in it due to the crime involved in his neighborhood, Compton. I rated it four stars because the ending left me wondering what happens next in his life. I recommend this book for teenagers/adults if interested in Hip/Hop or just to learn about the life of Dre.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steven Jones

    This book had some parts that were somewhat insightful and gave some decent background but it never got in depth and seemed extremely cursory a lot of times. I have read some of Ro's other work but this one seemed hastily done. There are moments when lyrics are recounted in a paragraph but they don't add to Dre's story, instead merely existing to take up space. I have seen better depictions of the Dr. Dre experience through articles in magazines. What was an opportunity to get in depth was left This book had some parts that were somewhat insightful and gave some decent background but it never got in depth and seemed extremely cursory a lot of times. I have read some of Ro's other work but this one seemed hastily done. There are moments when lyrics are recounted in a paragraph but they don't add to Dre's story, instead merely existing to take up space. I have seen better depictions of the Dr. Dre experience through articles in magazines. What was an opportunity to get in depth was left behind.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Devin

    I don't normally review books, but I had to let future readers know that this is a terribly written book. It isn't cohesive and the use of quotes is strange and many times unneeded. I gave this book two stars because of my admiration for Dr. Dre and the perils that he has faced in life and the achievements he has made. However, the way these perils and achievements were spread out to the audience through the book was slow and forced. So, if you really need to know more about Dr. Dre feel free to I don't normally review books, but I had to let future readers know that this is a terribly written book. It isn't cohesive and the use of quotes is strange and many times unneeded. I gave this book two stars because of my admiration for Dr. Dre and the perils that he has faced in life and the achievements he has made. However, the way these perils and achievements were spread out to the audience through the book was slow and forced. So, if you really need to know more about Dr. Dre feel free to read this book, but be ready to put it down several times cause it just doesn't flow.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ronny Johnson

    I liked it really shows that he has overcome a lot of things during his lifetime and how he did it. Detailed about each event that happened during Dr. Dre's lifetime. I do wish there was more of Dr. Dre's input in it but had many other of his friends in it. Overall very good book. I liked it really shows that he has overcome a lot of things during his lifetime and how he did it. Detailed about each event that happened during Dr. Dre's lifetime. I do wish there was more of Dr. Dre's input in it but had many other of his friends in it. Overall very good book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mark Gonzalez

    This book made me look at life differently. We all need to realize that success is obtainable no matter what circumstances you come from. You just need to find something that you enjoy doing and never give up on it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Not a waste of time, but did underscore for me what I already suspected about the world of hip-hop: petty, avacarious, shallow, materialistic, and violent. Not unlike many other Los Angeles subcultures.

  16. 5 out of 5

    JennyGirl

    A peek into Dr. Dre's life and how he achieved his status! Wasn't the best biography but I found some interesting things about him I did not know! A peek into Dr. Dre's life and how he achieved his status! Wasn't the best biography but I found some interesting things about him I did not know!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    A man passes himself off as the holder of a doctorate, despite not actually having graduated college, until his reputation is destroyed by a thorough yet uninspired clip-job biography.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jason

    I like Dr. Dre and all, but this book reads like a 12-year-old doing a novella-length book report on the real biography that has yet to be published. Whoever edited this should be publicly shamed.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Edward

    cool shitola

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    I enjoy reading most biographies...but this was terribly written.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Raul

    not bad to find details about a very private artist past.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Alokchatterjee1

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andre Trosan

  24. 4 out of 5

    Andy Higg

  25. 4 out of 5

    Steve

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mike

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tatiaana

  28. 4 out of 5

    Zachary

  29. 5 out of 5

    Buffalo Jay Savage

  30. 4 out of 5

    Craig Harrison

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