If Dr. Dre‘s relationship with Suge Knight defined west coast hip-hop in the nineties, his relationship with Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine set the tone for the era immediately following his departure from Death Row. Together they signed and developed talents like Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and more recently, Anderson .Paak. Their Beats audio enterprise was bought and absorbed by Apple, laying the foundation for the tech giant’s streaming and radio platforms.
But if you’ve ever wanted to delve a little deeper into just how these titans of industry crossed paths in the first place, a new documentary series from HBO seems poised to have the answers, Sway. In four parts, The Defiant Ones chronicles the respective careers of Dre and Iovine, including testimony from damn-near every big name in the game, including Eminem, Pharrell, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Tom Petty, Nas, Ice Cube, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springsteen and plenty more.
Watch the star-studded trailer for Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s forthcoming HBO documentary The Defiant Ones below along with a definitive Cheat Sheet of the producer’s funk-flag-waving sample archive. The doc is set to premiere July 9th at 9pm on HBO. Tune in and take some notes.