Dr. Dre, one of the most influential musicians in hip-hop history as well as one of the most successful executives in the music industry, is reportedly recovering from a brain aneurysm, according to news shared by TMZ.
The superstar apparently suffered the aneurysm on Monday, January 4, and has been recuperating at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA since then. Sources in the TMZ article that first revealed the rapper had experienced the traumatic internal head injury shared that Dre is apparently still in the ICU, but on the mend and is reportedly “stable and lucid.”
The legendary artist first made a name for himself in the music world as a member of electronic/R&B/disco group World Class Wreckin’ Cru, which only produced two albums and which didn’t find much commercial success. After a pair of releases, Dre and bandmate DJ Yella left to start a new act, one which would change the future of rap forever.
After departing World Class Wreckin’ Cru, Dre co-founded N.W.A, which went on to become one of the most influential acts of all time, as they brought gangsta rap to the mainstream. Their debut album Straight Outta Compton went to No. 4 on the Billboard 200, turning them into household names and beloved figures in no time. They followed that up with Ni****4Life, which gave the collective their first chart-topper. The group only landed a single top 40 win on the Hot 100, but their reach extended far beyond Billboard’s songs chart. In 2016, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After finding immense success with N.W.A., Dre went off on his own, both as an artist and a producer for other talents. His three solo albums—The Chronic, 2001 and the more recent Compton—all landed inside the top three on the Billboard 200, and throughout his career, he’s collected no less than 15 top 40 hits, including three No. 1 hits as Dr. Dre.
In addition to churning out music of his own, Dre wrote and produced albums and singles for the likes of Eazy-E, Snoop Dogg, 2Pac, Ice Cube, Eve, Gwen Stefani, Mary J Blige, 50 Cent, and perhaps most notably, Eminem, whose career he helped launch over 20 years ago. Since then, the two have worked together regularly.
As a musician, Dre has won seven Grammy Awards out of an incredible 26 nominations.
Over a decade ago, Dre teamed up with record label boss Jimmy Iovine to co-found and promote Beats by Dre, a line of headphones which completely revolutionized the space and which turned nearly every top star at the time into an influencer of the brand. The two eventually sold the company to Apple AAPL +1.2% for more than $3 billion, which was the tech giant’s largest acquisition yet. Since then, Dre has continued to work for the behemoth and dabble in select musical projects of his own and with other talents.