February 18th 1965 marks the birth of none other than Andre Romelle Young, aka legendary Hip Hop producer Dr. Dre. To list Dre’s accomplishments would require much more room than the Internet allots, but we’ll briefly summarize. From his World Class Wrecking Crew days in the mid-80s, to his critical contributions to NWA’s rise in the late-80s & early-90s, to his iconic solo debut The Chronic, and follow-up classics The Chronic 2001 and Compton: The Soundtrack, Dr. Dre has kept our heads ringing for nearly three decades and counting.
When one considers his important roles in spearheading the careers of some of Rap’s biggest names, such as Snoop Dogg, Emimen, 50 Cent, The Game, and Kendrick Lamar, along with his partnership with Apple in becoming one of Hip Hop’s top moguls, it’s fair to say Dre is truly an icon that transcends the genre. But make not mistake about it, Dr. Dre keeps it gangsta and always represents the West Coast. Happy Birthday Dr. Dre! JP Lime salutes you.