Just a minute with: Dr. Dre, rapper, entrepreneur

Fri Apr 9, 2010 10:04am EDT
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By Ros Krasny

BOSTON (Reuters) - For almost three decades Dr. Dre has been a trendsetter in the U.S. music industry, through his recordings with gangsta rappers N.W.A. and later as a producer and record executive who helped launch the careers of Eminem, Snoop Dogg and 50 Cent.

Dre's potentially defining, and probably final, musical work is the album Detox, which has achieved near-mythical status after being in production since 2003.

The much anticipated album is inching toward a spring 2010 release. The first single, "Under Pressure" and featuring Jay-Z, will be released this month.

Lately, Dre, 45, whose name is short for Andre Young, has concentrated on sound from the ears outward. He has leant his name to a line of upscale headphones, "Beats by Dr Dre" by Monster Cable of Brisbane, California.

The pricey devices landed on many "top gadget" lists in 2009 and sold strongly despite the economic downturn.

Reuters spoke to Dr Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Interscope-Geffen-A&M records, during a recent trip to Boston.

Q. What's the next big thing in music?

Dre: "My record. And after that I'm not sure. I'm just keeping my ear to the concrete."   Continued...

<p>Dr. Dre speaks at a promotional event in New York September 30, 2009. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>