Producer/keyboardist, L. A. Dre which was a backup of Ruthless Records in the late '80s and mid '90s, passed on Monday (April 3), as per the previous N. W. A marketing specialist Phyllis Pollack, a former member of Too Short.
Born Andre Bolton, Dre had a hand in the development f some of criminal rap's original albums, including N. W. a Straight Outta Compton, Eazy E Eazy-Duz-It, or more The Law's Livin' Like Hustlers, and Michel self-titled introduction album. After Dre chipped away at the Straight Outta Compton Tour in 1989, Bay Area legend Too Short, then, he brought Dre visit with him as his sound designer and the two soon ended up noticeably like siblings. Obviously, his sudden demise was surprising, despite the fact that Dre had endured a stroke, just a month and a half some time recently.
"I am surprised," Too Short tells HipHopDX. "Me and Dre do not make a lot of music together. We have worked a lot together, but he was the sound guy for the N. W. a in Straight Outta Compton Tour, that show in the film. He was the sound man on that tour and I was the kid that went before, N. W. A., We met on that tour. The first time I Eazy and Ice Cube all hung out and really bonded."
In 1993, the Short moved to Atlanta and Dre took after a year. As per Short, before Dre left for California, she worked in Michel'him on the album, particularly the 1989 track "Something In My Heart."
"I don't know the full story, but I know that he worked on that song," he says. "He did other things with Dr. Dre as playing keyboards in the studio. Later, after he moved to Atlanta, he was a sound guy on tour with N. W. a, so I started taking him on the road with me and my tour for about 10 years."
While Short-and Dre stayed in touch over the years, most recently banded together to open a Los Angeles-based study and were reaching their culmination when Dre suffered the stroke.