Dr. Dre is known to people across three generations as an iconic producer, rapper, gangster rap pioneer and hip-hop's first billionaire. But last night, following the premiere of Surviving Compton, the Lifetime biopic on his former girlfriend Michel'le, many people realized for the first time that "ruthless woman beater" is also part of his biography.
Despite his numerous attempts to get the film shut down (including threatening the production company with a lawsuit last week), Lifetime aired the biopic on Saturday night. And Twitter erupted.
Despite Michel'le's many attempts to speak out on the domestic abuse she suffered at Dre's hands during the 1990s, it's as if people realized this piece of his past for the first time thanks to the film — especially since she was left entirely out of the box office smash Straight Outta Compton, produced by Dre, despite the fact that she was an integral part of the N.W.A days both personally and professionally. In no small way, Surviving Compton was Michel'le's way of writing herself back into history and holding her ex to task:
People twitter talking about they wont support Dr Dre anymore. Y'all $700 million dollars too late lmao smh #SurvivingCompton— WOLF WALL$TREET (@KeepItGulley) October 16, 2016
How are ppl just finding out Dr Dre use to beat women? This has been known since nwa in the 90s #survivingcompton— Omar J. Scruggs (@OmarScruggs) October 16, 2016
Not only should Dr. Dre be embarrassed but Ice Cube, other members of NWA and people that knew. #SurvivingCompton— JAZ (@jaaaay_cool) October 16, 2016
We saw two completely different Dr. Dre's in Straight Outta Compton and #SurvivingCompton, smh.— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) October 16, 2016
Clearly this film, and the millions that watched it, refuse to forget about Dre.