Dr. Dre Biography Set To Hit Stores In Early ’07

A

new Dr. Dre opus is coming sooner than you think, but it’s not the long-awaited

Detox album–and it’s not by Dr. Dre.The

acclaimed producer has lived a largely reclusive life outside of the media, but

author Ronin Ro’s upcoming book Dr. Dre: The Biography aims to reveal the

artist’s celebrated life through extensive reporting, interviews, and research."We

see his life in context–a few important facts about his personal life, how many

of the hits were created, and how he runs Aftermath," Ro told AllHipHop.com.

"[Also], the chain of events that led to Tupac’s comments [and] how Dre reacted

to the changes Hip-Hop underwent during the past few years."The

book also examines the viewpoints of insiders around Dr. Dre while chronicling

many of the luminaries he introduced to pop culture, including Eminem, 50 Cent,

and the Game.Similar

to those artists, controversy has been Dre’s counterpart since his days in NWA.

In the

’80s and ’90s, his experiences were well-documented via a number of high-profile

incidents, arrests, musical outings, feuds, and other controversial matters.With

The Biography, Ro hopes to garner the same attention as that of his previous

novels: Have Gun Will Travel – The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Death Row Records

and the Run DMC biography Raising Hell: The Reign, Ruin and Redemption of Run

DMC."I’d

say the entire book [is controversial]. Instead of a Have Gun Will Travel

retread, I started from scratch, approached this with fresh eyes, and crammed

about two books’ worth of material into one," he said. "You can’t please

all of the people all of the time, so certain sections might infuriate some readers,

particularly things about Eminem, the Game and Tupac; the NWA reunion attempt;

the issue of who does what and what actually constitutes being a producer in this

genre; and more…I mean, the list goes on."Although

unauthorized, Ro said he’s been able to discern fact more readily than a book

that is overtly endorsed by the subject."This

is reporting, not data entry. And at the end of the day, my readers will know

I’ve once again tried to report the truth, instead of taking marching orders from

some flash-in-the-pan pop rapper or groupie," said Ro. "This book documents

[Dre’s] false starts, setbacks, triumphs, evolution and stewardship of a company

that, a decade later, is still in business, and managing to bring in money during

some pretty lean times for his industry."Although

Dre’s overall career is fairly pop-oriented based on his commercial sales and

success, the book is decidedly Hip-Hop in nature. And Ro said that readers need

to become knowledgeable. "I’m

not holding anyone’s hand. You want Uncle Remus, you watch Disney. I’m not explaining

everything for white people and dilettantes," he said. "You either know

Hip-Hop or you don’t. And if you do, you’ll like this book."Ro

also vowed that the book will reveal "what really happened" between

the Game and Dr. Dre. Game recently admitted that Dre would not be a part of his

sophomore album The Doctor’s Advocate, although Dre had been highly influential

on the young rapper’s debut album The Documentary.But

while Ro managed to unearth many facets of Dre’s life, his extensive reporting

was unable to determine whether Dr. Dre’s Detox would ever be released

to the public–certainly to the chagrin of fans."I

really have no idea. I see it this way: even if Detox were to never come

out, at least he had a cool hobby," said Ro. "Some people collect stamps

and build models, others mow the lawn. Dre taped a few jam sessions with his house

band and created grooves he can throw on future productions. And for a decade,

Aftermath succeeded where so many other artist-run labels in any genre crashed

and burned."Ro

has penned a number of novels, including Tales To Astonish: Jack Kirby,

Stan Lee, and the American Comic Book Revolution, Bad Boy: The Influence

of Sean Puffy Combs on the Music Industry. Next,

he plans to release King of the Slashers: The History of Halloween.

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