Alright. So, I don’t know if this is something that I should have know a long time ago, and if you already knew about this, shame on you for not informing the rest of us, but did you know that the Dr. Dre as we know, was not always the gangsta-thug rapper we have come to love?
That lace-covered, makeup-wearing smooth mother f***** is Dr. Dre circa 1984, while he was a member of the LA-based electronic group, World Class Wreckin’ Cru. To put it bluntly, my world has been shattered today by this discovery, forever altering what I thought I knew about music.
Oddly enough, World Class Wreckin’ Cru was actually a pretty successful group in the 1980s, which I guess shouldn’t be a surprise with Dre on the “Cru.” What originally formed as, “Brass Construction,” which became, “Disco Construction,” and then, “Wreckin’ Cru,” would ultimately become “World Class Wreckin’ Cru” after adding DJs Antoine “Yella” Carraby and Andre “Dr. Dre” Young. Even more surprising is the fact that this is where Dre and Ice Cube would cross paths, while Cube was a member of the group called C.I.A. (Cru’ In Action). From there, Eazy-E, a drug dealer and regular at the club Dre performed at, would ultimately sign Dre and DJ Yella to the crew, forming N.W.A.
One of the World Class Wreckin’ Cru’s first singles, “Surgery,” can be seen below … and this is something you definitely need to watch, especially the part where Dre “raps” and spits some truly amazing lyrics.
“I’m Dr. Dre, gorgeous hunk of a man/Doing tricks on the mix that no others can.”
Now that you’ve watched that video and heard Dre’s stunning lyricism, we can all shut down our internets and call it quits. We’re done here.