For almost twenty years, Dr. Dre has been with Interscope Records. Ironically enough, the label has been in existence ever since 1991. While it is not well-known, Dr. Dre was the first artist signed to Interscope Records. The label was the distributor of Death Row and when Dre had his falling out with Death Row, he created Aftermath as a sub-label of Interscope Records.
No other artist has brought as much success to one label the way that Dr. Dre has to Interscope Records. Because of that, Dr. Dre has the respect of Jimmy Iovine. Anything that Dre wants to do, Iovine allows him to do. But, when Interscope Records was merged into Geffen Records and A&M Records, Iovine was made the chairman of the big label, along with still being in charge of the original Interscope Records.
Most, if not all, of the hip hop hits on Interscope Records are because of Dr. Dre. After watching his success with Interscope, other artists began signing with the label. In his time on Interscope, he was responsible for creating the biggest hits in Tupac’s career. On top of that, he introduced the world to Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Game, Nate Dogg, Daz Dillinger, and Kurupt. His other work led to the birth of G-Unit Records and Shady Records.
In the past, Jimmy Iovine has rewarded Dr. Dre for his work for Interscope Records. After bringing much success to Interscope through Death Row Records, Iovine granted him his next label, Aftermath Entertainment. Now, he has brought more success with his latest label and his twentieth anniversary with the label is coming soon. This will coincide with his upcoming third studio album, Detox.
Since Jimmy Iovine needs to focus more on running the parent label, is it possible that he may give Dr. Dre the reigns of Interscope Records?