Irrefutably one of the most important artists in the history of hip-hop, if not all popular music, Dr. Dre has amassed an astonishingly impressive body of work over his lengthy career. He got his start as a DJ in Los Angeles, was a member of the World Class Wreckin Crew, and in the late 1980s formed NWA. Dangerous though their lyrics were, Dre's production was equally important to the success of the group. His knack for unforgettable beats, funky basslines and cinematic depth proved the perfect accompaniment to their confrontational rhymes. Dre left the crew after their third record, and in 1992 released The Chronic, an untouchable masterpiece of California Gangsta Rap. Chock full of Parliament/Funkadelic basslines, high-pitched synths, and lolo-rockin' beats, track after track of G-Funk gems propelled the album to the top of the charts, made Snoop Dogg a household name, and changed the sound of hip-hop forever. In 1999 he produced Eminem's hugely successful The Slim Shady LP, followed several months later by Dre's long-awaited sophomore release, 2001. The album proved that Dre's already incredible talents were getting even better, with elaborate, orchestrated ... See More
Dr. Dre Concert Films
The Up in Smoke Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 60 minThis film of the legendary Up In Smoke tour from 2000 gives you a front row seat to the greatest hip hop experience ever captured on film. The combination of Ice Cube, Eminem, Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg was always going to be extraordinary and so it proved. Filmed across the tour as it travelled through America it shows the controversy, the girls, the humor and most of all some of the finest live hip hop performances ever seen.
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minMusic producer, Apple executive and N.W.A. rapper recently announced that he would be releasing his first album since 1999, featuring guests such as Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg amongst many others. From his humble beginnings with the World Class Wreckinâ€™ Cru, to his brash coming out party with N.W.A., and now as a mentor to some of the greatest recent talent in rap, the Compton-born producer has never eased his stranglehold on the game. Ranked at the top of the Forbes rich list in 2014, Andre Romelle Young, aka Dr. Dre is set to become one of the first hip-hop billionaires in the world! . Follow the inside story of how it all began for Dr. Dre as we take a journey though his pinnacle producer years right through to his lucrative partnership with Apple.
Dr. Dre Top Tracks
Smoke Out Tour
Runtime: 1 hr 47 minIn November 2002, the Cypress Hill Smoke Out Festival celebrated its fifth successful year. The all day festival featured a mixture of punk, hip hop, rock and rap.This program presents the highlights of the day with contemporary heavyweight acts such as Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Everlast and surprise guests Bone Thugs N Harmony alongside future stars Kottonmouth Kings and L.A. rockers 3rd Strike. Eagle Visions Up In Smoke is one of the best selling music program ever released and proved that this format of programme is extremely popular. Produced to the same high standard this looks well place to repeat the success.
Up in Smoke
Runtime: 27 minMaking an appearance at the sixth annual Smokeout Festival in San Bernardino, California, was multi-platinum rap artist DMX. The only rap artist to have five consecutive platinum and number one albums simultaneously, DMX performs some of his most popular jams in this final performance before his decision to concentrate on his acting career. See the King of Rap perform his most powerful thug-life anthems, "Who We Be" and "Ya'll Gonna Make Me Lose My Mind," plus two of his biggest hits, "X Gonna Give It To Ya" and "Kaido." In this show, DMX ignites the live crowd like no other rapper can, and demonstrates how he became one of the prime forces behind mainstream Hip Hop's return to street realism during the late '90s.
Live at the Gramercy Theater 2014
Runtime: 60 minLonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known by his stage name Common, is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, poet and film producer. He maintained a significant underground following into the late 1990s, after which he gained notable mainstream success through his work with the Soulquarians. This intimate live performance gives the fans the chance to see him perform live at Gramercy Theater.
Live From the Kennedy Center
Runtime: 52 minWhen Nas was just 19 years old, he composed what would become one of hip-hop’s defining masterpieces, Illmatic. To mark its 20th anniversary, Nas delivers a standout performance alongside the National Symphony Orchestra at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center. With conductor Steven Reineke taking the orchestra through arrangements of beats by DJ Premier and Large Professor, Nas delivers impassioned renditions of tracks like “N.Y. State of Mind”, “The World Is Yours”, and “Memory Lane (Sittin’ in Da Park)”. Between songs, the program cuts away to both archival and new interview footage to document Nas’ rise from Queensbridge upstart to influential rap icon.
Runtime: 1 hr 1 minEminem is one of the most influential rappers of all time. Spanning over 2 decades, he has changed the sound of hip-hop and mainstream music everywhere. His notorious persona and explicit lyrics have caused controversy and offended millions. Chart topping album after chart topping album. Eminem has become one of the biggest musical icons the world has ever seen. This is the story of raps biggest superstar, Eminem.
Live At The Fillmore Auditorium San Francisco 2006
Runtime: 45 minSnoop Dogg’s music career began in 1992 when he was discovered by Dr. Dre of N.W.A, and as a result was prominently featured throughout Dr. Dre's solo debut album, The Chronic (1992). He has since then sold over twenty-three million albums in the United States and thirty-five million albums worldwide
Watch his electrifying LIVE from the sold out world-famous Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco (2006).
Classic Albums: Reasonable Doubt
Runtime: 54 minJay-Z has been one of the most influential figures in Black American music since the mid-nineties. Initially as a performer racking up an incredibly successful string of hit singles and albums and latterly as an executive, having taken on the presidency of Def Jam Records in 2004. "Reasonable Doubt" was his debut album and is still considered by many to be his finest achievement. A much harder hitting and edgy record than his later more polished and pop orientated releases it announced to the world that a new rap star had arrived. This latest addition to the Classic Albums series sees Jay-Z take us back through the whole creative process behind this stunning first release.
Live in Montreux
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minIn July 2007 the famous Stravinski Auditorium at Montreux was witness to a gathering of the Wu-Tang Clan. With the exception of the sadly deceased Ol' Dirty Bastard, the whole Clan was present: RZA, GZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Raekwon The Chef, U-God, Ghostface Killah and Masta Killa. Also joining the party were some of their extended family members: Cappadonna, Streetlife and DJ Mathematics. This rare gathering of the full clan took Montreux by storm and got the whole audience on their feet and jumping with a set featuring all their best known hits and classics plus a number of solo tracks, including a clutch of Ol' Dirty Bastard hits.