Dr. Dre started his career with the World Class Wrecking Crew in the late 80s. Soon this Compton breed producer became the poster boy for gangster rap music. Dre would receive heavy criticism for the misogyny and violence surrounding his music, but there was one thing his critics could not deny, his music production. The success of NWA, Ice Cube, Eminem, The Chronic and 50 Cent all became proof positive of Dr Dres sonic touch. This is why he is considered one of the most influential music producers.
Many new producers are trying to emulate his sound. Here a couple of key points to produce music like Dr . Dre.
Dr . Dres production never veers away from the traditional four on the floor time signature. This Time signature is used in most dance records. Take For instance 5o cents get rich or die trying album, each song starts with a thick bass drum and the same time signature.
Whats also unique about Dr Dres production is the timing of the snare. Unlike most producers, his snares are played slightly offset. This is critical in creating the California laid-back Hip hop that has made him one of the most sought after producers.
When producing Music like Dr.Dre start with the right instruments. The legendary producer uses standard instruments found in old funk records. Rhythm and Strat guitars are woven to create the bounce of the track. Horns are also a favorite of the producers. Staccato horns, in particular, are used to create suspense and build the music. Another favored instrument is the Chorus Piano. Dr. Dre uses this in his production to complement the bassline.
Creating Music like Dr. Dre take time and skill to master. Be patience and persistent and soon you will also produce a stable of work to influence the next generation