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Born on February 18, 1965 to a sixteen-year-old single mom, Andre Young, AKA Dr. Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and, most importantly, started what the media quickly dubbed Gangsta Rap. His departure from N.W.A. was a story right out of a pulp fiction novel. His new mentor, Suge Knigh ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published March 17th 2007 by Da Capo Press (first published February 24th 2007)
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Amar Pai
Written in a weird tense... I don't know what it's called, it's sort of present tense. e.g. "Days go by. Dr. Dre's phone rings off the hook. Dr. Dre doesn't answer the phone." More irritatingly, it seems as if Dr. Dre was reading over Ronin Ro's shoulder as Ro typed out this biography, demanding revisions/deletions on every other paragraph... the whole thing is toothless and 'authorized' in the worst way.

I did read the whole thing, but mainly just in the interest of going 'oh yeah, remember N.W
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Henry Power
Whether its Nuthin' But a G Thang, Still Dre, or I Need a Doctor, Dr. Dre is always entertaining. If you want to learn about the life about one of the best rappers then this is the book for you.

The book, Dr. Dre, by Ronin Ro discusses the life of Andre Young or as we know him “Dr. Dre”. This book truly shows how hard life really can be. This book also demonstrates what a dream passion, or favorite activity can really become in the real world, a career. The book overall was great in my opinion b
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Steven Jones
This book had some parts that were somewhat insightful and gave some decent background but it never got in depth and seemed extremely cursory a lot of times. I have read some of Ro's other work but this one seemed hastily done. There are moments when lyrics are recounted in a paragraph but they don't add to Dre's story, instead merely existing to take up space. I have seen better depictions of the Dr. Dre experience through articles in magazines. What was an opportunity to get in depth was left ...more
Devin
I don't normally review books, but I had to let future readers know that this is a terribly written book. It isn't cohesive and the use of quotes is strange and many times unneeded. I gave this book two stars because of my admiration for Dr. Dre and the perils that he has faced in life and the achievements he has made. However, the way these perils and achievements were spread out to the audience through the book was slow and forced. So, if you really need to know more about Dr. Dre feel free to ...more
Ronny Johnson
I liked it really shows that he has overcome a lot of things during his lifetime and how he did it. Detailed about each event that happened during Dr. Dre's lifetime. I do wish there was more of Dr. Dre's input in it but had many other of his friends in it. Overall very good book.
Mark Gonzalez
This book made me look at life differently. We all need to realize that success is obtainable no matter what circumstances you come from. You just need to find something that you enjoy doing and never give up on it.
Mike
Not a waste of time, but did underscore for me what I already suspected about the world of hip-hop: petty, avacarious, shallow, materialistic, and violent. Not unlike many other Los Angeles subcultures.
Jason
I like Dr. Dre and all, but this book reads like a 12-year-old doing a novella-length book report on the real biography that has yet to be published. Whoever edited this should be publicly shamed.
Alex
Aug 03, 2007 Alex rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: OGs, Ronin Ro completists
A man passes himself off as the holder of a doctorate, despite not actually having graduated college, until his reputation is destroyed by a thorough yet uninspired clip-job biography.
Jennifer Morrell
A peek into Dr. Dre's life and how he achieved his status! Wasn't the best biography but I found some interesting things about him I did not know!
Jordan
Feb 23, 2009 Jordan marked it as to-read
I enjoy reading most biographies...but this was terribly written.
Raul
not bad to find details about a very private artist past.
Waunya Lytle
this is a book of pain and music
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May 31, 2010 Edward added it
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