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Dr. Dre Speaks at USC Commencement Ceremony

Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine

USC’s graduating class of 2013 got a special visit from a doctor during their commencement ceremony on Friday. Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine introduced Dr. Dre during the end of his speech.

“Walking around USC today it seems like everyone’s a doctor, which is funny ’cause I brought my partner here today, who also happens to be a doctor. So in the words of the great Slim Shady, will the real Dr. Dre please stand up and join me on stage?” said Iovine to Dre, who was seated in the audience with his wife.

Dre took the podium to say a few words. “Make some noise Trojans!” said the hip-hop legend, who donated $70 million to start an academy with Iovine at USC. “I am excited and I am proud to now be a member of the Trojan family. I would also like to say congratulations to the University of Southern California’s Class of 2013.”

The Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation will provide a special four-year program for undergraduates whose interests span several fields from marketing to computer science to visual design and other arts.

Iovine closed with some parting words from his “favorite poet” R. Kelly. “Today is your remix to ‘Ignition,’ you’re hot and fresh out the kitchen,” he told the students before receiving laughs and a standing ovation.

Watch footage from the commencement address below.

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Diddy Tops Forbes’ Wealthiest Hip-Hop Artists List


It’s all about the Benjamins. Sean “Diddy” Combs has once again been crowned the Wealthiest Hip-Hop Musician by Forbes.

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Dr. Dre Returns to the Studio, Says Eminem Is Almost Done with Album

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Dr. Dre’s empire continues to grow, but he hasn’t forgotten about his first love, music. The hip-hop tycoon is back in the lab.

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Game Gets Dr. Dre’s Stamp of Approval for ‘Jesus Piece’

Game and Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre and Game’s relationship hasn’t always been perfect. But the Doc is giving his protégé props for his new album Jesus Piece. The super-producer sent Game a text message congratulating him on the release and calling the album “dope.”

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Dr. Dre Tops Forbes’ ‘Highest-Paid Musicians’ List

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Dr. Dre is still at the top despite not releasing an album in over a decade. The super-producer surpasses pop stars, rock stars, and his fellow rappers to rank No. 1 on Forbes’ Highest-Paid Musicians 2012 list.

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Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar Link Up in London

Dr. Dre and Nicole Threatt

Dr. Dre brought some West Coast flavor to the U.K. while hosting a party at the Rose Club in London last night. The legendary producer posed for photos with his wife Nicole Threatt and linked up with his protégé Kendrick Lamar, who braved the freezing temps in a down coat.

Earlier in the day, the “Compton” MC performed for the first time in the U.K. and signed albums for his fans at East London record store Rough Trade. Watch him perform “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe” and “Backseat Freestyle” below.

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Kendrick Lamar Vibes in the Studio with Dr. Dre and André 3000

Kendrick Lamar and André 3000

As the release date for his debut quickly approaches, Kendrick Lamar continues to garner love from hip-hop heavyweights.

A video of K. Dot zoning out in the studio with his mentor Dr. Dre and André 3000 has surfaced via Rolling Stone. As the trio listens to Kendrick’s “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe,” it’s clear that Dre and Three Stacks are feeling the music. At the end, 3000 says, “Excellent.”

Earlier today, Kendrick snagged kudos from another music icon, Pharrell. The Neptunes hitmaker tweeted that the young rapper was akin to Bob Dylan. “@kendricklamar is this era’s Bob Dylan. Masterful story telling. Listen to it, it will elevate you. And just like that music has changed.”

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