Dr. Dre to be Presented With ASCAP Founders Award
Thu, 03 Jun 2010 10:05:01
Hip-hop legend Dr. Dre is perhaps best known for his work in the seminal gangsta rap act NWA, as well as being a super successful solo rapper in his own right thanks to his essential 1992 solo platter, The Chronic and for his production work, in addition to finding and fostering superstars Snoop Dogg, Eminem and 50 Cent. In recognition of his work, Dre will be feted with a prestigious award on June 25. He will be presented with the ASCAP Founders Award during the organization's 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. The ceremony also honors the songwriters and publishers of 2009's most performed ASCAP songs on the R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts. The event will take place at the tony Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.
The ASCAP Founders Awards is given to songwriters and composers whose musical legacies have inspired and influenced fellow music creators. Dr. Dre has enjoyed a storied and decorated career in hip-hop. He is a Grammy Award-winning producer of the year, a noted songwriter and has guided artists by producing hits such as BlackStreet's "No Diggity," Mary J. Blige's "Family Affair" and 2Pac's "California Love." Dre joins previous Founders honorees and luminaries like Stevie Wonder, Garth Brooks, Paul McCartney, Berry Gordy and Smokey Robinson. Dre is in impressive company there.
"Dre is one of the most important voices in modern music," said ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams in a statement. "He created a unique, recognizable sound that dominated rap music in the early '90s...and continues to inspire artists and producers across all genres with his musical techniques."
What is your favorite Dre project/album/song? Who is Dre's best protégé? I can't decide between Snoop and Em.