Jimmy Iovine Details Relationship With Dr. Dre

Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre
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Former Interscope head Jimmy Iovine has been named GQ’s “Icon Of The Year.”

Along with the honor, the music industry veteran did an interview with the mag, where he discussed, among other things, the origins of his relationship with longtime business partner Dr. Dre.

“Him and Suge [Knight, then CEO of Death Row Records] came in, and they brought The Chronic,” Iovine explained. “I’d just come out of Rattle and Hum with U2. I knew hip-hop was going around, but I had no idea what it was. And then Dre walked in, and I said, ‘I don’t know hip-hop, but I know my speakers. Who engineered it?’ Dre said, ‘I did.’ When they told me the story of how they made the record, you might as well make a record falling out of a building. They were sneaking into studios. The government was after them. There were lawsuits, one RICO case, all on a bunch of guys who had no money and were making an album. I said, ‘Wow. If you can do it under those circumstances, let’s go.’ ”

As the interview continued, Iovine referred to their bond as being in a band.

“Just my relationship with Dre, I want to make sure that’s — ’cause that’s really a special thing,” he said. “We trust each other implicitly. It’s the closest to a band as I was ever in. We know what each other does, and we trust each other’s instincts so much, that when he’s moving somewhere and I go, ‘No,’ he goes, ‘Okay, let’s not do that.’ We’ve been through a lot. This is a guy—I always say, ‘You may know a lot of people who have gotten shot, but you don’t know a lot of people who have shot back.'”

Later in the interview, Iovine detailed how he first came across Eminem back in 1998, crediting his-then temporary assistant.

“In 1998, Death Row was exploding,” he said. “Pac got killed just before. Everything was f*ckin’ upside-down. And my assistant got married, so they put in a temp. And the kid had balls. He said, ‘I went to this rap battle last night. I saw this kid who was incredible.’ I said, ‘Figure out how to get a CD from that kid, and I’ll play it for Dre.’ Next day, he comes back: ‘Here it is.’ I listen to it, and I go, ‘I have no idea what the f*ck this is.’ This guy is screaming about his mother. He wants to kill his mother. I come from a place where you don’t kill your mother. Right? I saw Dre, and I gave it to him. The rest is a fabulous story. His name was Eminem.”

GQ’s December issue is currently available on newsstands nationwide.

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  1. 1990-1991 @ CLUB GLAM SlaM, as Dr. Dre sat to our left in our drivers seat in one Mercedes Benz 190e he was interjected with the words “F*ck That” and then told “In the FUTURE the way you Sound in the Studio” was to be put into the Mercedes Car Stereo , the Sony Walkman and the Panasonic Car Phone upon the floor of that vehicle. We had listened to Dr. Dre and TOLD him while swiping our left hand as a “Price is Right” hand model across the center console. Dr. Dre’s mouth flung WIDE OPEN and just said “DUHAYMMnnn!!!” as these advents were NEWS to Andre. We shook hands on it and took pictures, and throughout many years of our lifetime we continued to remind Dr. Dre that he was To Do these things, we also utilized Interscope Records 1800 – number divulging to key personnel of what of us was FOR Dr. Dre and how Dr. Dre had been TOLD prior at CLUB GLAM SLAM in 1990-1991. A cassette tape single with “Gangsta Party and Hit em Up” was sent to us in the mail as we were priveleged to precede all radio. In accord with this treatment, our last meeting with Dr. Dre was backstage at N.B.C. in New York as Dr. Dre performed “Been there done That” on Saturday Night Live. Backstage with four in my company against the “plus one” of our liasons guest list we got to see, and TOLD Dre to DO, OUR thing and to TELL any of the many “of business” appearing men there dressed in black suits what you have. We were shown a man whom our liason called ” the owner”, this must have been “Jimmy Iovene”. …Our reasons for interjecting what Dr. Dre had to say that morning in 1990-1991 have been kept private as (Dr. Dre is CLEAR). We are immitated by Jimmy Iovene on “The Tanning Effect pt. 3 Steve Stoute Jimmy Iovene interview on you tube. On the Steve Stoute WILL-I-AM interview pt. 3 on you tube this individual pretends involvement as well.. Our “the way you Sound in the studio” words to Dr. Dre have been used by 50 cent as well. The GOOGLE post of a “Self Proclaimed Inventor of Beats by Dre….” has a Steven Lamar stating he had a “vision” as he sat in a car with Jimmy Iovene, this is for YOUR entertainment purposes ONLY. He was given “Declaratory Relief” and is believed (as he’d logically prefer) to be the creator of this that has become called “Beats by Dre”. In 1990-1991 Dr. Dre was TOLD by us as well that, “…muthaf*ckas is gonna be wearin this sh*t and don’t even got it plugged into nuffin’…”.

  2. 1990 – 1991 @ CLub GLaM SLam as (Dr. Dre) sat to our left in our car, a boisterous laugh was shared as Dr. Dre was TOLD as well, “… and charge $2000.00 dollars each for them sh*t’s “, and then we reduced to $1000.00 dollars each, and then we reduced to $800.00 each, and then $500.00. This is the factor that has become referred to as the “Fashion Quality”. “Dr. Dre ” was then TOLD, “…muthaf*ckas is gonna be wearing this sh*t, and don’t even got it plugged into nuffin'”. “In the FUTURE” 2014?, and as SPOKEN into being to Dr. Dre in 1990 – 1991, many are adorned either “not plugged in”, nor with requisite power supply, and even “Off”. That a “Social Status” would derive was foreseen, and that “Status” have (Andre) “Dr. Dre”, at it’s basis.

  3. …a letter was delivered to the “Beats by Dre” offices in Santa Monica. The letter said “Hi” to Dr. Dre and TOLD Dr. Dre to listen to the song “LOVE X Love” by George Benson (1st verse) on you tube, as Dr. Dre is our baby FRANKENSTEIN and he is Gro-Wing STRONG-ER day, by day ay, ay, ay..!!! 

  4. ….the song called “Forget about Dre” has always made us CRY, for we hear (through EMINEMS verses and Dr. Dre’s verses) and see of Dr. Dre what the ENTIRE world does not. ie: “…one day I was walking by, wit’ a walkman on, and I saw a guy, wit’ an awkward eye, in the parking lot, …harder than me, …In a Mercedes Benz wit’ the Windows up….”. Dr. Dre had listened in our Monumental Moment of Divine AMALGAMATION as well to a demo tape that went, …….”I keep it STREET unique in that BEAT, but won’t EVER say I’d NEVER go “POP” cause that’s DEEP…”. On “Forget about Dre”, we hear Dre say, “Mad at me cause I turned “POP”…”. a.k.a. “…and F*ck RAP , you can have it back”….

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