|Birth name||André Brown|
|Born||December 5, 1963|
Westbury, New York, U.S.
In the early 1980s Doctor Dré was a DJ at WBAU, the radio station of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. With three other DJs at the station, he formed the "Concept Crew", which began to create its own music. In 1986, they renamed themselves Original Concept, a hip-hop group that released one album on Def Jam Recordings, Straight from the Basement of Kooley High in 1988, featuring the track was "Pump that Bass."
As Doctor Dré in 2018 described his early college work,
I was in a black-music history class with Chuck D., [future Def Jam president] Bill Stephney, and [journalist] Harry Allen at Adelphi University. Bill was hosting The Mr. Bill Show on [Adelphi student station] 90.3 FM WBAU, and they brought me up there. And that's where I met Flavor Flav, who at the time was 'MC DJ Flavor.' I started a show called The Operating Room, where I interviewed people like Run-DMC, and we used to make songs which we played as promos for the show. Jam Master Jay encouraged me to take what we were doing to Russell Simmons. I went to see Rick Rubin, down at NYU, and I played him this promo called “Knowledge Me,” where we talked about all the shows [on WBAU].
Dré teamed up with Lover in the early 1990s to co-host a morning radio show during the re-launch of radio station Hot 97 (WQHT) in New York City.
Dré and Ed Lover also recorded an album in 1994 titled Back up off Me! that was released on Relativity Records.
Dré also served as a DJ for the Beastie Boys.
Dré had his own urban clothing line called Bigga Stuff in the early 1990s, but it was never widely distributed.
Guest appearances on TVEdit
He guest-starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the episode "Ill Will" as a figment of Will Smith's nightmare of bad doctors. He also appeared on an episode of The People's Court with Judge Marilyn Milian as a witness for a talent director suing former colleagues of his. They won US$1,500, the full amount requested for the gig deposit.
|Back Up Off Me!
- Kellman, Andy. "Doctor Dré Biography". AllMusic. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
- Doctor Dré in Serwer, Jesse (June 1, 2018). "How Yo! MTV Raps Changed Hip-Hop". Vulture.com (Vox Media). Archived from the original on March 5, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020. Cite magazine requires
- "Hip-Hop pioneer Doctor Dre loses his vision in fight with diabetes". New York City: WABC. October 29, 2019. Archived from the original on December 11, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2019.
- Johnson, Billy, Jr. (December 4, 2011). "Catching Up 'Yo! MTV Raps' Original Hosts Fab 5 Freddy, Doctor Dre And Ed Lover". Yahoo! Music. Archived from the original on September 23, 2020. Retrieved September 23, 2020.