A four-part documentary series that tells the stories of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre -- one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton - -- and their improbable partnership and surprising leading roles in a series of transformative events in contemporary culture.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 12, 2017
After cutting ties with Death Row Records and Suge Knight, Dr. Dre starts Aftermath Records, (an imprint under Interscope) and discovers Eminem, producing him to international success.
Though Jimmy Iovine and Dre continue to produce a top-tier
roster of talent, structural changes in the music industry force them to innovate their business model, leading to the creation of Beats Electronics and their flagship product, Beats By Dr. Dre.
as puttin' out a fuckin' flop.
you don't know if people
are gonna dig it,
♪ I'll kill a dozen rappers
when I'm buzzin', guzzlin' ♪
And I think I probably just...
"Here," you know. Whatever.
Nothin' more comfortable than home.
I'm seein' this is getting a reaction
out of Dre and he's laughing.
Everybody accept me. Here I am.
with nowhere really to live.
I wanna thank Dr. Dre,
I'm getting this new, fresh energy,
Chronic 2001 was our graduation,
You know, they created a monster.
"Oh, this thing is great.
♪ Oh, here they come ♪
Here's a guy who
presented a complete idea...
I just landed. I'm in the car.
I'm just gonna go home.
You know, I don't know
if the idea that I have today
in anything Dr. Dre does.
when you're moving into different
types of, you know, frontiers that
That means a lot of time
spent away in a head space.
because I was so focused
But the only thing I know how to do
his first response is no.
and looked like medical equipment.
But I figured, if we can get
them on the right musicians,
♪ No, he can't read my poker face ♪
of culture and product
"I want Dre to make an album,
"Another black guy's
movin' to the neighborhood.
you have to become sort of distant
I'm like, "Man,
are you fuckin' kidding me?"
And that's Jimmy's new thing.
Somethin'... you can't
spend no amount of money to create.
Dr. Dre has been
my primary care physician
I did half of Good Kid on here.
especially in the music business.
I said to Dre,
"Why don't we start a school
and some hope back to the city.
But now, he could face murder charges
Oh! As I talk about the pain, as I...
♪ Cube in the corner writin' ♪
I just wanna live with it
for a second and, um...
and I got that same
feeling of direction,
that I have known.
and Dre, who has helped
the district out in the past,
And we talkin' about
a dude from our city.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 11, 2017
After leaving Eazy-E and Ruthless Records, Dr. Dre’s independence results in his debut solo album, The Chronic and the start of his noteworthy collaborations with Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur. But Dre’s artistic success came with numerous challenges,
including growing cultural and political concerns about the explicit content in his music.
Jimmy Iovine’s transition from music producer to music executive gives him an opportunity to utilize his eye for talent and business savvy, culminating in his creation of Interscope Records and signing Dre. However, Jimmy’s partnership with Dre and Interscope’s provocative roster of musicians means absorbing their problems with the law.
completely empty with the exception
And motherfucker had...
some sort of device, mechanism.
and it was really successful,
and I always admired David,
and all of the secretaries
are looking at this video,
Gwen is now going to glue her costume.
and we went in there, and we
learned how to write music.
wasn't gonna make anybody's lives easy.
the record started to sell.
He had a redhot focus. It was nuclear.
So after all that, I still
hadn't met Trent in person.
in the spirit of Atlantic Records
We trying to work on a fucking record."
For some reason,
everybody's turning me down.
but just like Trent Reznor,
"of when I first saw The Rolling Stones.
Falling back on that ass,
with a hellafied gangsta lean.
- Did not! Second down.
- No, no. No.
But I don't think Jimmy realized
In fact, what happened
in the shooting in that video,
I remember Suge calling and saying,
that we were using
mechanisms to shock people?
Help me get away from myself
And the fucked up part about that is,
I'm not livin' in the past,
you wanna last.
can punish me more
than I've been punished already.
In every city, Manson's arrival
The beautiful people
And frolicked in the autumn mist.
The corporate executives who
hide behind the lofty language
Maybe they thought I should be more
respectful or something, you know?
I get a phone call at
midnight from Suge Knight.
"Hi, baby, when are you getting here?"
was such a transitional period for me.
spoke a few words in his ear.
Brooklyn on the side, Bronx behind us,
come to Death Row.
Death Row had things on 'em.
Bad Boy had things on 'em.
and that's when we all realized,
But it's not a image,
it's just a way of life.
Now you got Tupac...
Next year Death Row gonna
start printing our own money.
There's nothing I can do about it."
I was on a new page I'd never
seen in my life before every day.
Ted's staying at the Four Seasons.
and people won, which was the
Interscope and MCA side.
and he said, "Okay, you guys better
put these... put these on now."
To be the man in this wicked land?
All you niggas die.
I went up in there and just, you know...
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 10, 2017
Dr. Dre’s formation of hip hop supergroup N.W.A. brings forth the seminal hip-hop record Straight Outta Compton. Though Dre’s creative direction is integral to the group’s success, his relationship with the original N.W.A. contributors, especially
Eazy-E, deteriorated due to artistic and financial conflicts.
Jimmy Iovine’s work on highly successful albums from Tom Petty, U2 and Stevie Nicks reveals his knack for production and collaboration. But his massive workload and tumultuous personal life lead him to reevaluate his future in the music industry.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 09, 2017
Before he became Dr. Dre, Andre Young’s involvement in Compton’s music scene connected him with Ice Cube, MC Ren, DJ Yella, and Eazy-E, forming what would eventually become N.W.A.
Meanwhile, young Jimmy Iovine dropped out of college and hustled
his way into gigs with John Lennon, Patti Smith and Bruce Springsteen on his way to becoming a sought-after engineer and emerging producer.