Legendary hip-hop artist and producer Dr. Dre, who first rose to fame in the 1980s with the landmark rap group N.W.A, has reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm.
The mogul, whose real name is Andre Young, was rushed Monday to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he remains in intensive care, TMZ first reported.
Dre, 55, reportedly is stable and lucid, but doctors haven’t determined what caused his internal bleeding. His physicians are reportedly performing a battery of tests and continue to treat the Grammy-winner musician.
Dre first entered the music scene in the early 1980s as a member of the electro group World Class Wreckin’ Cru, but didn’t truly gain prominence until he and fellow Compton, California, native Eazy-E formed N.W.A in 1987. After rounding out the group with Ice Cube, MC Ren, Arabian Prince and fellow Wreckin’ Cru member DJ Yella, N.W.A released its watershed 1988 debut album “Straight Outta Compton,” which eventually went triple platinum and cemented their legacy as gangsta rap pioneers.
N.W.A, which dubbed itself “the world’s most dangerous group,” shined a spotlight on police brutality in Black and brown communities by releasing the controversial song “F— tha Police,” which famously drew the attention of the FBI.
In 1991, Dre teamed with Marion “Suge” Knight to found Death Row Records, a label where Dre released his seminal album “The Chronic,” which featured the classic hit “Nuthin But a ‘G’ Thang with rising star Snoop Dogg.
Five years later, Dre acrimoniously left Death Row to form Aftermath Entertainment, where he oversaw the meteoric rises of famed rappers Eminem and 50 Cent.
The icon has become even more famous with his Beats Electronics business, including the popular Beats By Dre wireless headphones.
In 2014, Apple purchased Beats Electronics for $3 billion.