Hip hop icon Dr. Dre suffered a brain aneurysm on Monday and is in the ICU at Cedars Sinai in Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Reports indicate the 55-year old Dre is “lucid and stable” but remains hospitalized as doctors are still working to identify the cause of the aneurysm.
His longtime friend and West Coast hip-hop brothern, LL Cool J, provided a positive status update on Twitter not long after TMZ’s article broke.
Dr. Dre, known for being one of the kings of hip hop and a savvy businessman in the industry, has received an outpouring of support from fans, hip hop icons, and hip hop lovers around the world.
Dre’s fame is relished by all ages of hip hop fans dating back to his early days with N.W.A. to his debut solo album, The Chronic, to his work with Snoop Dogg, and accelerating Eminem to stardom. Dr. Dre has six Grammys to his name.
His business ventures include helping found Death Row Records and Beats Electronics in 2008, and later Beats Music streaming service. Apple acquired both Beats entities in a $3 billion deal in 2014.
When thinking of West Coast hip hop, Dr. Dre is one of the first names that comes to mind. Any other name that comes to mind likely has worked with or was mentored by Dre.
Aside from being one of my favorite rappers and producers, Dr. Dre is one of my favorite celebrities to ever wear a White Sox hat. Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dre made the South Siders’ cap a major part of pop culture in the 90s. Hopefully that’s a fashion trend that comes back to the entertainment industry in the 2020s.
Dre’s music will always be timeless for hip hop fans. Here is some of his best work, whether it be from a production or performance angle.