It doesn't take a genius to understand that the level of Dr. Dre endorsements on the market far exceeds his musical output.
Before you start to criticize the good ol' Doc, consider this: He was one of only five rappers on the Forbes 2011 Hip-Hop list to register a net worth over $100 million, clocking in at around $125 million. And while that still may not be enough to assuage fans of Dre's legendary music and iconic production, let's, for a second, examine some of the Dr. Dre endorsements.
From the culturally pervasive 'Beats by Dr.Dre' headphones to his deal with Hewlett-Packard, Dr. Dre has shown a rapper licensing his name to corporations doesn't necessarily have to mean full-scale selling out or releasing inferior products.
And his back account is flush because of it. According to the Forbes 2011 Hip-Hop list, Andre Young's Dr. Dre endorsements brought him $14 million.
Not bad for someone who didn't release an album last year. Not bad at all.
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