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Dr. Dre: The Biography

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  168 ratings  ·  23 reviews
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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: music, nonfiction, owned
Una biografía de Dr. Dre demsiado rosa para mi gusto.
Me gustan las biografías (o pelis o lo que sea) de músicos que se centran en la música. Está bien entrar en el salseo pero no que ello ocupe la mayor parte del libro.
Alex M.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
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Dominik Limanowka
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This biography really gave me a deeper insight on Dre and how his life influenced his music. I was surprised to learn all the hardships he's been through. When I hear music today and I hear rappers talking about guns and violence I usually don't believe it and feel like they're making that up just to act hard. But since I have read this book I know that there is one person out there named Dre that doesn't lie about the violence, drugs, and guns. He faced a difficult life but he made it with the ...more
lindsey driskell
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book was a little slow at first but then it took off. Other readers on Goodreads said they like the way the book discusses Andre’s life and the struggles he had to overcome. I'd have to agree because the book really demonstrates where he started to where he is now. It shows the struggles of everyday life and how his passion led him away from wrong doings. It goes into a lot of detail for certain things in his life but not all. When he helped start Eminem’s career they would go back and forth ...more
Henry Power
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Matt Harambe
Oct 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Dr Dre today is one of the most well known, most influential producers there is. The book isn't quite 300 hundred pages but it was worth the read. It's a confusing read due to all the rappers and MCs introduced throughout the biography. If you are interested in 90's rap and learning about one of the few masterminds that have come through the rap game, I would definitely recommend this biography. Dr. Dre was a young visionary, he changed the rap game, during the time of Michael Jackson, rappers w ...more
Skye Conton
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dr. Dre: The Biography was an amazing book to read. I overall enjoyed how organized and detailed this book was, and it exposed me to new facts I never knew about one of my favorite Hip/Hop artists. The exposition includes his family, lifestyle, the beginning of his DJ career, and the famous N.W.A group he formed. It flows nicely to the termination of N.W.A to the start of Death Row Records and continuing into the death of Tupac (who was not Dre's friend). Next, he collaborated with young white r ...more
Steven Jones
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 03, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Mar 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 13, 2007 rated it liked it
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.
Dec 29, 2011 rated it liked it
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!
Aug 03, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
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Feb 23, 2009 marked it as to-read
I enjoy reading most biographies...but this was terribly written.
Oct 02, 2010 rated it liked it
not bad to find details about a very private artist past.
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