Andre Romelle Young was the birth name of popular rapper Dr. Dre. He was born in 1965 on February 18 and grew up in Compton, California. He became a part of the West Coast gangsta rap style that grew to notoriety during the 90s. He was a member of infamous group N.W.A., which became known for the anti-authority anthem, "F--k Tha Police," which was released in 1988. When the group's leader, Ice Cube, left in 1989, Dr. Dre had more of a focal role in production and rapping. After various disputes, Dr. Dre left the group in 1991 when the group was at the peak of its popularity.
Dre was able to leave the group thanks to Suge Knight who used him as his primary artist in founding Death Row Records. His first solo album, "The Chronic," unleashed a different style of hip-hop in 1992. It became the first example of the "G-funk style" that was a sub-genre of gangsta rap. That album significantly influenced gangsta rap in the years after, with rappers such as Warren G. and Snoop Dogg taking on the style. Dr. Dre continued with his producing influence when he produced up-and-coming rapper Snoop Dogg's debut album, "Doggystyle." Then, in 1995, Death Row Records signed emerging artist 2Pac and the rapper became a break-out star. Unfortunately, the rapper died in 1997 and a variety of charges were brought against the company.
He also helped bring rapper Eminem to prominence by guesting on his first LP.