Doctor Dré

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André "Doctor Dré" Brown (born December 5, 1963) is an American radio personality and former MTV VJ.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Westbury, New York.[1]


In the early 1980s Doctor Dré was a DJ at WBAU, the radio station of Adelphi University in Garden City, New York. With three other DJs at the station, he formed the "Concept Crew", which began to create their own music. In 1986, they renamed themselves Original Concept, a hip-hop group which released one album on Def Jam Recordings, Straight from the Basement of Kooley High in 1988; the group's best-known track was "Pump that Bass."

From 1989 to 1995, Doctor Dré and Ed Lover were the co-hosts of MTV's hip hop music specialty program Yo! MTV Raps.

Dré teamed up with Lover in the early 1990s to co-host a morning radio show during the re-launch of radio station Hot 97 (WQHT) in New York City.

The duo starred in the 1993 film Who's the Man?, directed by Yo! MTV Raps co-creator and co-director Ted Demme.

Dré and Ed Lover also recorded an album in 1994 titled Back up off Me! that was released on Relativity Records.

Dré also served as a DJ for the Beastie Boys.

Dré had his own urban clothing line called Bigga Stuff in the early 1990s, but it was never widely distributed.

Dré and Ed Lover participated in the 2003 Comedy Central Roast of their Who's the Man? co-star, comedian Denis Leary.

Guest appearances on TV[edit]

He guest-starred on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in the episode "Ill Will" as a figment of Will Smith's nightmare of bad doctors. He also appeared on an episode of The People's Court with Judge Marilyn Milian as a witness for a talent director suing former colleagues of his. They won US$1,500, the full amount requested for the gig deposit.

Personal life[edit]

Dré is married, although separated. They share two teenaged children. He has been diagnosed with diabetes and is an advocate for others with the same condition. He recently was featured on Oprah Winfrey's "Where are they now?" show.


Album information
Back Up Off Me!
  • Released: November 8, 1994
  • Chart positions: #91 Top R&B/Hip-Hop, #27 Top Heatseekers
  • Last RIAA certification: Gold
  • Singles: "Back Up Off Me!" "For the Love of You"


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