Andre, Better known as Dr. Dre, is an American Rapper, record producer and now also an entrepreneur (Beats By Dr. Dre). He became famous in the 80’s when he was a part of the rap group N.W.A together with Ice Cube, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren. Since then, he has produced music for big rap names like 2Pac, Eminem, and Snoop Dog.
After the 1992 release of “The Chronic,” made with Death Row Records, Dr. Dre became one of the best-selling performing artists in 1993. In 2015 he was the richest figure in hip hop, today he is the third richest according to the 2017 Forbes list.
In 2006 Dr. Dre and Jimmy Lovine became founders of the big headphone company “Beats by Dr. Dre”. These colorful and iconic headsets significantly started the fashion trend oriented headphones but still giving what the customers wanted in the audio department. In 2013 Apple made their biggest acquisition when they acquired Beats for an insane amount of US $3 Billion.
G-funk is that unique sound in the old school Compton rap music you really can’t explain; you need to listen to it for yourself. But I can guarantee you that you’ll recognize the sound when you hear it. Dr. Dre is the developer of this sound and invented this sub-genre during his solo debut album “The Chronic” in the early 90’s.
Afterward, many other rappers imitated this sub-genre, and therefore it became the most recognized music genre in the start of the 90’s. G-funk was not only popular in the hip hop and rap genre.
Many other artists’s uses Dr. Dre’s invention in their songs. One of the most recognized songs that use G-funk is the big pop hit “Say You’ll Be There” by Spice Girls.
Watch the Spice Girls hit here.
So in the 90’s you can find the G-funk in many different genres. Here are a couple of other examples: George Michael – Fastlove, Luis Miguel – Dame and Master P – Bout It, Bout It.
Read more about Dr. Dre here.