You Forgot about Dre!: The Unauthorized Biography of Dr. Dre and Eminem : from N.W.A. to Slim Shady, a Tale of Gangsta Rap, Violence, and Hit Records
Dr. Dre is often considered the most influential rapper/producer of his time. With his straight-out-of-Compton attitude, Dre' created his own style of hip-hop with N.W.A.; one that went beyond flashy colorful clothes and fickle imagery, and coined the term and the sound that has become commonly known as 'gangsta-rap'. In 1992, Dre' released his first solo album, The Chronic, and began an alliance with Snoop Doggy Dogg, who helped the album gain its multi-platinum status. In 1996 he formed another label, Aftermath Records. His first effort Dr. Dre Presents... The Aftermath was released in 1996 and featured several other rap artists.
One of those artists was Detroit MC Marshall Mathers (a.k.a. Eminem) who had released his debut 12" as one half of the two man crew, Soul Intent. Soon after, Eminem released his '96 debut album, Infinite, featuring members of his crew, The Dirty Dozen and his solid reputation as a lyricist earned the respect of the powerful Dr. Dre, who signed him to his Aftermath label.