Dr. Dre is set for two very personal exposes about his life and career - his mother and longtime sidekick are releasing books in 2008.
As revealed earlier this week, Verna Griffin will document her son’s struggle from rags to riches in Long Road Outta Compton.
In her upcoming tome Long Road Outta Compton, Verna Griffin documents her struggle from rags to riches, thanking Dr. Dre for turning her life around. The 58-year-old tells how she went from digging in the sofa in hope of finding coins to living in a multi-million dollar house and receiving a regular income courtesy of her Grammy-winning son. But the star wasn’t always the ideal son, and Griffin constantly worried about his close friendship with Eric ’Eazy-E’ Wright - fearing the late rapper, who lived a flashy lifestyle despite having no permanent employment, would lead Young into a life of crime.
She says, "I was worried that Andre would be drawn to the glitter of what drug money could buy. Fast money is not good money."
And Griffin also reveals her shock at the lyrics Young’s group N.W.A. came up with on tracks like F**k Tha Police - until she witnessed her son being arrested for no obvious reason.
She adds, "When I looked on the past, I could remember my boys standing outside having a friendly conversation when, all of a sudden, I’d... see the police with all of them spread-eagle up against the police car. "This harassment was for no obvious reason except they saw black boys grouped together, and presumed to be up to no good. It was then I realised that the lyrics were just stories about things that were actually happening."
And now Dre’s former right-hand man Bruce Williams has revealed he’ll expose everything about the rap icon’s dealings with Death Row Records co-founder Suge Knight, Eminem, 50 Cent and The Game. His book, Rollin’ With Dre, will hit book stores at the end of March.
Williams says, "I’m going to blow the top off everything I saw."
A spokeswoman for publishers Random House adds, "As Dre’s confidant and the problem-solver to a stable of artists and others who came to know him as Uncle Bruce, Williams was either there when the action went down or close enough to feel the hollow-points whizz by.
"Bruce talks about Dre’s reconciliation with (NWA co-founder) Eazy-E before E’s untimely demise from AIDS and what was behind the reconciliation press conference for 50 Cent and The Game."
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