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Gangstas, beats and demons: Inside the world of Dr. Dre

Gangstas, beats and demons: Inside the world of Dr. Dre

Dr.
Dre’s
personal
life
has
been
imploding
in
recent
months

well
before
he
was

struck
down
by
a
brain
aneurysm

and
hospitalized
on
Jan.
4.

A
bitter
divorce
had
gotten
even
messier
when
his
wife
of
24
years
outed
his
alleged
mistresses.
Then,
one
of
his
daughters,
LaTanya
Young,
went
public
to
say

she
hasn’t
seen
her
father
in
17
years
,
adding
that
the
hip-hop
mogul
has
never
met
his
grandchildren.

Insiders
say
the
drama,
not
to
mention
his
medical
crisis,
has
taken
a
toll
on
the
famously
controlling
55-year-old
rapper
and
super-producer
who
made
his
way
straight
outta
Compton
to
conquer
the
music
industry.

So
much
so,
said
an
insider,
that
Dre
abruptly
agreed
to
give
his
estranged
wife
Nicole
Young
a
one-time
payout
of
$2
million
to
tide
her
over
until
the
pair
go
to
court
again
in
April.
Dre
(whose
friends
call
him
Andre,
his
given
name)

reportedly
signed
the
agreement

from
his
Los
Angeles
hospital
bed.
He
is
said
to
have
been
released
on
Jan.
15
and
is
back
at
home.
Two
days
later,
an
Instagram
photo

showed
him
in
the
studio
.

Before
this
latest
move,
many
thought
Dre
had
the
upper
hand
in
the
split
from
Young,
51,
who
filed
for
divorce
last
June
29.
“He
can
be
the
­nicest,
gentlest
person,
even
shy,”
a
Dre
insider
told
The
Post.
“But
if
you
cross
him,
you’re
f–ked.”

In
fact,
a
longtime
associate
added:
“You
better
not
write
anything
he
doesn’t
like.
We’ll
hunt
you
down.”

But
Young
has
been
standing
up
to
her
estranged
husband.
She
began
exposing
dirt
on
him
last
fall,
claiming
in
legal
papers
that
Dre
is
hiding
­assets
as
well
as
relationships
with
other
women
from
her.
Then,
days
before
he
suffered
the
aneurysm,
she
filed
court
documents
accusing
him
of
once
holding
a
gun
to
her
head,
punching
her
in
the
face
and
slamming
her
against
a
wall.

Young
said
she
filed
the
new
court
documents
about
the
alleged
abuse
after
Dre
stated
in
divorce
declarations
early
this
month
that
“at
no
time
did
I
abuse
Nicole
or
threaten
her
physical
safety”
during
their
24-year
marriage.
He
also
said
there
was
no
evidence
claiming
such
abuse.

“It
is
misleading,
revolting
and
insulting
for
Andre
to
suggest
that
I
have
not
been
abused
because,
as
a
victim
of
relentless
abuse
and
isolation,
I
did
not
create
and
maintain
a
contemporaneous
record
of
the
abuse
inflicted
on
me,”
Young
said.
“It
is
well
known
and
accepted
that
most
victims
of
domestic
violence
do
not
have
documentary
evidence
of
their
abuse.”

A
few
of
the
rappers
who
helped
build
Dr.
Dre’s
fortune


After
hitting
it
big
in
the
’80s
with
the
Los
Angeles
gangsta
rap
outfit
N.W.A,
Dr.
Dre
released
his
mega-selling
solo
debut,
“The
Chronic,”
and
discovered,
produced
and
signed
a
slew
of
acts
to
his
record
labels.
Among
the
rappers
he’s
launched
to
stardom:

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for
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Lamar

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Lamar

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Chef”
judge
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up
her
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Insiders
who
doubted
Nicole
was
going
to
outsmart
Dre
in
her
attempt
to
break
a
1996
prenup
and
grab
a
chunk
of
his
estimated
$800
million
fortune
now
are
having
second
thoughts.
Some
friends
of
Dre
resent
her
for
it.

“She
is
throwing
the
father
of
her
children
under
the
bus,”
said
one
­insider.
“It
broke
his
heart.”

Nicole
does
not
have
a
career
of
her
own,
but
claims
she

“played
an
important
role”

in
Dre’s
trajectory,
which
included
being
“integral”
to
the
naming
of
his
record
label,
Aftermath.

The
rap
icon
made
his
money
the
hard
way.
Born
to
teenage
parents
who
split
up
not
long
after
he
was
born,
­Andre
Romelle
Young
came
up
on
the
rough
streets
of
South
Central
Los
Angeles.
He
formed
N.W.A
with
Eazy-E
and
Ice
Cube
in
1986,
revolutionizing
West
Coast
hip-hop.
Dre
co-founded
Death
Row
Records
before
leaving
to
start
­Aftermath.

With
Dre
is
long
considered
one
of
the
shrewd­est
and
most
gifted
players
in
music,
many
believe
he
will
still
 prevail
in
the
war
with
his ­estranged
wife.

“Dre
is
the
brains
running
this
show,”
said
private
investigator
John
Nazarian,
who
knows
all
the
players
in
Los
Angeles’
high-net-worth
divorce
industry
and
blogs
at
Desperate
Exes.
“Nicole
is
the
one
being
manipulated
by
lawyers.”

Nicole’s
lawyer,
Samantha
Spector,
declined
to
comment
to
The
Post. 

Nicole
has
claimed
in
court
that
she
was
pressured
to
sign
a
prenup
upon
their
1996
wedding
and
that
Dre

in
a
dramatic
show
of
romance

later
tore
it
up.
In
response,
he
filed
in
court
what
he
said
was
the
prenup;
it
states
that
property
they
each
acquire
during
the
marriage
remains
their
own.

Among the homes Dre and Nicole share are a $40 million Brentwood, Calif., mansion bought from Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen.
Among
the
homes
Dre
and
Nicole
share
are
a
$40
million
Brentwood,
Calif.,
mansion
bought
from
Tom
Brady
and
Gisele
Bündchen.

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Recent
reports

indicate
Dre
has
been
giving
Young
$293,306
a
month
in
temporary
support.

(Neither
Dre’s
lawyer
Laura
Wasser
nor
his
media
rep
returned
calls.)

In
October,
Nicole
filed
court
documents
attempting
to
subpoena
three
women
she
claims
were
Dre’s
mistresses:
singer
Jillian
Speer;
skin-care
entrepreneur
Kili
Anderson;
and
singer
Crystal
Sierra
Rodgers,
aka
Crystal
Sierra.
Kris
­LeFan,
an
attorney
for
the
three,
had
no
comment.

Nicole
also
filed
papers
demanding
to
know
if
Dre
fathered
illegitimate
kids
during
their
marriage.
The
two
have
a
son
Truice,
23,
and
daughter,
Truly,
19.
Dre
also
has
at
least
seven
older
kids
by
five
women,
including
a
son,
38,
he
allegedly
didn’t
meet
for
20
years.

Dre’s
daughter
LaTanya
Young,
37,

told
the
Daily
Mail

last
month
that
she
hasn’t
seen
her
dad
in
17
years
and
he’s
never
met
her
four
kids.
Even
when
she
was
little,
LaTanya
said,
she
had
to
go
through
staffers
if
she
wanted
to
reach
her
father.

Dre’s
own
dad,
Theodore
Young,
sounds
as
if
he
has
even
less
of
a
relationship
with
his
son.

“I
haven’t
seen
Andre
since
his
grandfather
died
and
I
can’t
even
remember
when
that
was,”
the
73-year-old
told
The
Post
from
his
home
near
Sacramento,
Calif.
“We
have
no
relationship.
My
other
sons
love
me.
They
tell
me
they
love
me.
But
coming
from
where
I
come
from,
most
young
men
like
Andre
who
have
a
big
success
don’t
give
a
damn
about
their
dad.”

Theodore
said
he
and
the
rapper’s
mom,
Verna,
who
has
accused
Theodore
of
abuse
(he
denies
this),
split
not
long
after
Dre’s
birth.
“His
grandmother
raised
him,”
Young
told
The
Post.
“His
mother
and
grandmother
sprinkled
a
whole
lot
of
salt
on
me.” 

Dre and Nicole's beachfront house in Malibu.
Dre
and
Nicole’s
beachfront
house
in
Malibu.

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Films
/
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Dre
has
not
spoken
much
about
his
father
or
responded
to
his
older
daughter’s
recent
claims.
But
he
has
copped
to
some
past
bad
behavior

particularly
with
women

and
doesn’t
want
to
be
seen
as
misogynistic
or
abusive
in
his
divorce,
sources
told
The
Post.

In
2015
he
publicly
apologized
“to
the
women
I’ve
hurt”
as
three
women

journalist
Dee
Barnes,
his
ex-fiancée
Michel’le,
and
singer
Tairrie
B

told
The
New
York
Times
that
Dre
had

abused
them
.

“He
is
a
violent
abuser
of
women
who
has
never
actually
addressed
his
misogyny
or
past
brutal
attacks
with
any
true
remorse
for
his
actions,”
Tairrie
B,
aka
Tairrie
B.
Murphy,
told
The
Post.

Industry
insiders
wonder
how
the
drama
will
play
into
Dre’s
music.

Rumors
have
been
rampant
that
his
long-awaited
fourth
album,
“Detox,”
begun
in
2002
and
described
as
his
“final
album,”
might
finally
come
out
soon.
But
Dre,
a
notorious
perfectionist,
has
been
sidetracked
over
the
years
by
signing
and
producing
stars
like
Snoop
Dogg,
Eminem,
Kendrick
Lamar,
50
Cent,
Busta
Rhymes
and
others.
He
was
also
interrupted
by
the
creation
of
Beats
headphones,
which
he
and
partner
Jimmy
Iovine
sold
to
Apple
for
$3
billion
in
2014.

“Everyone’s
been
waiting
to
hear
this
album
but
now
it
looks
like
he’s
been
detoxing
his
own
demons,”
an
insider
said.
“All
this
stuff
is
going
on
with
him.
Rap
is
all
about
spitting
the
truth,
spitting
game.
Maybe
it’s
been
easier
for
him
to
focus
on
other
artists.”


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