ndre Romelle Young, known by his stage name Dr. Dre, is an American record producer, rapper and entrepreneur. He is the founder and current CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. Dre was previously the co-owner of and an artist on, Death Row Records. He has produced albums for and overseen the careers of many rappers, including Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar. He is credited as a key figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk, a style of rap music characterized as synthesizer-based with slow, heavy beats. In early 2014, Dr. Dre was ranked as the second richest figure in the American hip hop scene by Forbes with a net worth of $550 million prior to the rumoured upcoming sale of Beats Electronics to Apple for a reported $3.2 billion in May.
Beats Electronic, which includes the Beats by Dre headphones line and online streaming service Beats Music, reportedly pulls in revenues over $1 billion each year. The Beats headphones have dominated the market and edged out any new competition of headphones priced over $99 since 2008. The line got an even bigger push with Iovine’s weekly appearance on “American Idol.” Reports conclude that Beats Music is serious competition for Spotify and Apple’s iTunes Radio. The Hip-Hop mogul Dr. Dre and record executive Jimmy Iovine may have a new titles: billionaires after the Financial Times reported that Apple plans to acquire the company.
Back in 1996 Dr Dre established his own label, Aftermath Entertainment. He produced a compilation album titled Dr. Dre Presents the Aftermath in 1996, and released a solo album titled 2001 in 1999. During the 2000s, he focused on production for other artists, while occasionally contributing vocals to songs. Dr. Dre signed Eminem and 50 Cent to his record label in 1998 and 2003 respectively, while contributing production on their albums. He has won six Grammy Awards, including Producer of the Year. Dr. Dre has also had acting roles in movies such as Set It Off, The Wash and Training Day. Rolling Stone ranked Dre at 56 on their list of "100 Greatest Artists of All-Time".