Two sources familiar with his condition said that Dr. Dre was undergoing medical treatment Tuesday after entering Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for a brain aneurysm.
The legendary rapper and producer-turned-music mogul has been deemed stable at a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing the test, according to a source who requested anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the medical matter.
The 55-year-old rapper, whose real name is Andre Young, became famous with NWA from the Streets of Compton and became a major producer and co-founder of Beats Electronics, a project that turned him into a billionaire. After TMZ.com revealed that Dre was hospitalized, NWA co-founder Ice Cube tweeted, “Send your love and prayers.”
Dre, according to one source, was in the ICU at some point.
Tuesday evening, he released a statement on his Instagram account, in part saying, “I’m doing a great job and getting excellent care from my medical team. I’m going out of the hospital and coming home soon. Shout out to all the great medical professionals at Cedars.”
The medical emergency comes amid an escalating divorce battle with his longtime wife, Nicole Young, who is seeking $ 2 million a month to support her husband and $ 5 million in attorney fees.
In the 1980s, Dre led the city’s fiercest smash hit, NWA, and forced the indignation of southern Los Angeles brutally exposed on nationwide radios and televisions with singles like “F-tha Police”. The group’s angry and vulgar lyrics were reinforced by Dre’s ear for funk throwback.
On his 1992 solo album “The Chronic” and on his 1993 album “Doggystyle” with a young Long Beach rapper Snoop Dogg Dog, he helped perfect the raw and provocative voice of Los Angeles rap music, but with the ear of a super successful producer.
In 1995, he bagged the Top 100 Chart with Tupac Shakur “California Love,” one of West Coast hip-hop songs.
After leaving the fickle Death Row Records and establishing his Aftermath imprint with Interscope, in 1998 he signed with a young white Detroit rapper, Eminem. Eminem’s skill and funny lyrics vaguely fit Dre’s sensibilities, and the two cemented hip-hop as the new dominant pop music on the chart.
With 50 Cent’s smash 2003 LP “Get Rich or Die Tryin”, Dre continued his career as a producer and talent incubator in Aftermath. “Detox”, the long-planned follow-up to his album, “2001,” has seen years of delay. But a celebrity comeback with Snoop Dogg in Coachella in 2012 reconfirmed his founding role in hip-hop. This legacy is explored in the 2015 vital NWA movie Straight Outta Compton.
Meanwhile, he built a startup headphone company, Beats Electronics, into a dominant consumer technology brand for rap fans. In 2013, Dre donated $ 70 million to the University of Southern California with fellow music magnate Jimmy Iovine to found the University of Southern California Jimmy Yovin and the Andre Young Academy of Arts, Technology and Innovative Business. In 2014, he sold Beats to Apple for $ 3 billion, making him one of the richest men in popular music.
Tuesday night, rap peer LL Cool J tweeted that the music producer is “recovering well”. On Instagram, Snoop Dogg added his good wishes: “Get healthy, we need U CUZ.”