Commentary: Dr. Dre’s Abusive Past is Bigger Than Hip-Hop

Commentary: Dr. Dre’s Abusive Past is Bigger Than Hip-Hop

If Straight Outta Compton wasn’t such a moneymaker, would Dr. Dre have released a public apology to the women he abused in the past? It’s highly unlikely. Decades before the release of the N.W.A. biopic, hip-hop fans were well aware of Dre’s assault on TV reporter Dee Barnes in 1991. She was even mentioned in an Eminem song in 1999!

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From “Guilty Conscience”:

Eminem: “You’re gonna take advice from somebody who slapped Dee Barnes?”

Dr. Dre: “What you say?”

Eminem:  “What’s wrong? Didn’t think I’d remember?”

Dr. Dre: “Ima kill you motherf***a!”

Eminem: “Uhh-ahh, temper, temper/ Mr. Dre, Mr. N.W.A., Mr. AK/ Coming straight outta Compton, y’all better make way/ How in the f**k you gonna tell this man not to be violent?”

Even though the assault happened over 20 years ago, Barnes still suffers physically and emotionally from the attack. “I suffer from horrific migraines that started only after the attack,” she wrote on “My head does ring and it hurts, exactly in the same spot every time where he smashed my head against the wall.”

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