Dr. Dre
Guy Lochhead, 12/04/12
Iconic West Coast rapper and producer who pioneered gangsta rap and the g-funk sound (slow, deep, Funkadelic bass and high, whining synth melodies). This extract from an AllMusic write-up explains why this is a load of shit: “More than any other rapper, Dr. Dre was responsible for moving away from the avant-noise and political stance of Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions as well as the party vibes of old-school rap. Instead, Dre pioneered gangsta rap and his own variation of the sound, G-funk. BDP’s early albums were hardcore but cautionary tales of the criminal mind, but Dre’s records with N.W.A. celebrated the hedonistic, amoralistic side of gang life. Dre was never much of a rapper — his rhymes were simple and his delivery was slow and clumsy — but as a producer, he was extraordinary.” His whiney productions are undeniably addictive but it’s just a load of shite.

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