The Evolution of Dr. Dre

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The Evolution of Dr. Dre

Today, February 18, may be one of the most important days in hip hop history. Why? It's the day one Dr. Dre, the legendary Compton MC/producer/mogul, was born. Exaggeration? Hardly. It's impossible to envision what hip hop would look like without his contributions. Gangster rap, and its '90s subset G-funk, are his babies. For the past three decades, he's been the man behind several benchmark artists that changed hip hop forever: N.W.A., Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent. And his own two solo albums are classics in their own right. There's a reason hip hop's been eagerly awaiting his next project, Detox, for more than a decade now. But Dre didn't become a legend over night. Click on to follow the Good Doctor's journey. —Alex Gale

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