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Andre “Doctor Dré” Brown is best-known for his time co-hosting Yo! MTV Raps with Ed Lover, a job he held down from 1989 to 1995. He and Ed used their chemistry and comic sensibility to bring hip-hop, and the artists who made it, to a worldwide audience.

But, as you’ll hear, there’s much more to Dré than his time at MTV. He was a key part of the group Original Concept, one of Def Jam’s early signings. He played a key role in the lives of some other early Def Jam acts, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys. He’s made movies, worked in radio, and done pretty much everything else you can imagine.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. The Game f/Fabolous, “Jackin for Beats”
  2. DJ Hollywood, “Shock, Shock, The House”
  3. Willie Wood & Willie Wood Crew, “Willie Rap”
  4. Kurtis Blow, “Christmas Rappin’”
  5. Fatback Band, “King Tim III (Personality Jock)”
  6. CHIC, “Good Times”
  7. The Sugarhill Gang, “Rapper’s Delight”
  8. WABC 77 New York - Ron Lundy (Unscoped) - Feb 5 1975
  10. Public Enemy, “Yo! Bum Rush The Show”
  11. Mr. Bill Radio Show Vol 1 spectrum city (WBAU) Townhouse 3
  12. Dr Dre - Operating Room WBAU FM feat Public Enemy - Public Enemy #1 [WBAU Promo]
  14. Mr. Bill Radio Show Vol 3 (WBAU) spectrum city
  15. Original Concept, “Knowledge Me”
  16. Original Concept, “Can You Feel It”
  17. Spectrum City, “Lies”
  18. Spectrum City, “Check Out the Radio”
  19. Run-DMC, “Proud to be Black”
  20. Original Concept, “She’s Gotta Moustache”
  21. Public Enemy, “Public Enemy No.1”
  22. Original Concept, “Jonnie Wuza Gangsta”
  23. Original Concept, “Pump That Bass/LIVE”
  24. Jazzy Jay, “(This) Def Jam”
  25. Led Zeppelin, “Kashmir”
  26. Original Concept, “Total Confusion”
  27. Aerosmith, “Dream On”
  28. Original Concept, “Prejudice”
  29. Public Enemy, “Louder Than A Bomb”
  30. Beastie Boys, “Hold It Now, Hit It”
  31. Yo! MTV Raps - Episode 1 (1988)
  32. Yo! MTV Raps - Episode 1 (1988)
  33. New York Hot Tracks with Commercials 1985 Part 1
  34. Q Lazzarus, “Goodbye Horses”
  35. MTV Logos and Theme Song 1981
  36. Yo! MTV Raps Documentary
  37. JJ Jackson MTV 1984
  38. Carole King, “I Feel The Earth Move”
  39. “Tupac talking about the Hughes Brothers” (from Yo! MTV Raps Documentary)
  40. bill cosby promo
  41. Mel Gibson @ Yo MTV Raps 1995 (HQ)
  42. Yo! MTV Raps Documentary
  43. I Want My Mtv
  44. Yo! MTV Raps Documentary
  45. MC Hammer guest on Yo! MTV Raps (1990)
  46. KFC commercial with MC Hammer
  47. Public Enemy, “Bring The Noise”
  48. The Cipher Episode 169: Martha Diaz and Sommer McCoy
  49. Who’s The Man (Theatrical Trailer)
  50. Siskel & Ebert: Indian Summer/ Who’s the Man/ Boiling Point/ The Dark Half (1993)
  51. Ice Cube, “AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted”
  52. N.W.A., “Express Yourself”
  53. Dr. Dre f/Snoop Doggy Dogg, “Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang
  54. Straight Outta Compton (8/10) Movie CLIP - Madness in Detroit (2015) HD
  55. Eazy-E N.W.A. Warren G The D.O.C. AT COMPTON SWAP MEET YO! MTV RAPS 1988
  56. Michael J. Fox on Late Show with David Letterman, May 22, 2000
  57. Dwyane Wade Cousin’s Murder Amid Chicago Shooting Spike

Show notes:

  1. The New York Times, “D.J. Doctor Dré Is Waging a Public Battle With Diabetes”
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