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Dr. Dre Receives ASCAP Hip-Hop Icon Award

Preparing to receive the first-ever Hip-Hop Icon Award at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards’ Celebration of 50 Years of Hip-Hop, Dr. Dre will be recognized for his trailblazing contributions.

About the forthcoming ceremony, ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams stated:

“Dr. Dre’s groundbreaking early work laid a foundation for Hip-Hop as we know it today.” “As a champion for some of today’s biggest artists and a successful entrepreneur, he changed the culture around Hip-Hop. Dre continues to be a pivotal figure in the music industry and we are thrilled to recognize him with the inaugural ASCAP Hip-Hop Icon Award as we mark 50 years of Hip-Hop.”

Not the first ASCAP award the now 58-year-old music and tech mogul has received, the former N.W.A. gangsta rap group member, and former co-founder and co-owner of Death Row Records was previously handed ASCAP’s Founders Award in 2010.

Dre – who co-founded Beats Electronics with Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine – is credited as the pioneer of the West Coast G-funk sub-genre of Hip-Hop.

Dre will be honored at the ceremony in Los Angeles on Thursday (22.06.23).

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Author: Saul Goode

Photo: Jason Persse