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Reverberate: the Guardian's new podcast on the soundtrack of history
Chris Michael on our new podcast series examining moments when music was the story behind the news, or became the focus for change

Chris Michael

01, Feb, 2021 @6:30 AM

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Dr Dre's 20 best productions – ranked!
As the Grammys announces it will honour the producer at its 2020 ceremony, here’s a look at his journey from gangsta rap pioneer to Beats billionaire

Alexis Petridis

07, Nov, 2019 @3:07 PM

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Live Aid to Sonic Death Monkey – the best gigs at the movies
As the Queen and Elton John biopics prove, great concert performances are at the heart of the best films about music. Here are 15 of the finest

Tom Fordy

29, May, 2019 @6:32 AM

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The greatest banned songs of all time – ranked!
Thirty years on from 2 Live Crew being banned by the Beeb, we pick 20 foul-mouthed, orgiastic outings deemed too scandalous for public consumption

Laura Snapes

14, Feb, 2019 @1:02 PM

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Straight Outta Compton is a classic album – but did it help or harm 'Hub City'?
NWA’s seminal album was released 30 years ago this month. We take a closer look at the complex Los Angeles County locale that inspired it

Melissa Franklin

09, Aug, 2018 @11:00 AM

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Dr Dre loses trademark battle with gynaecologist Dr Drai
The rap mogul argued there would be confusion between his name and that of the Pennsylvania doctor, but the US trademark office disagrees

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

10, May, 2018 @12:33 PM

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The Defiant Ones review – Dr Dre's American dream comes vividly to life
NWA, Snoop Dogg, Beats, yachts, clips from Goodfellas … every other music doc should throw in the towel because this one has got the lot

Sam Wollaston

24, Mar, 2018 @6:00 AM

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The new NWA movie depicts Michel'le's abuse by Dr Dre – but is it true?
The Lifetime biopic Surviving Compton fills in the gaps left by the other NWA movie – and reveals that women in the rap stars’ orbit were callously abused

Ben Westhoff

17, Oct, 2016 @7:56 PM

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Dr Dre threatens to sue over new film depicting him beating his girlfriend
Rapper/producer moves against Sony film Surviving Compton, saying there is no evidence to support allegations he beat ex-girlfriend, R&B singer Michel’le

Alan Evans

10, Oct, 2016 @12:04 PM

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Backstabbing, Moogs and the funky worm: how gangsta rap was born
In an edited excerpt from his book Original Gangsta, Ben Westhoff recalls how one of music’s most controversial genres began and who truly invented it

Ben Westhoff

13, Sep, 2016 @9:00 AM

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Jerry Heller obituary
Music manager who launched NWA and set up Ruthless Records with Eazy-E

Adam Sweeting

07, Sep, 2016 @5:26 PM

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Gene Simmons says NWA in Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is like Led Zep in Rap Hall of Fame
As the rap stars are inducted, NWA’s MC Ren tells the Kiss guitarist: ‘Hip-hop is here to stay. Get used to it’

Guardian music

12, Apr, 2016 @9:12 AM

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