Dr. Dre, former N.W.A rap group member, producer, and entrepreneur, is trying to maintain his reign as the self-proclaimed “first billionaire in hip-hop” by doing some damage control on his women-beating past. On Friday, Dre released a statement to the New York Times attempting to apologize for his misdeeds against women:
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.
I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
The apology comes on the heels of the success of the film Straight Outta Compton which chronicles his rise in the music industry as part of the hardcore rap group N.W.A., and the debut of his first album in 16 years at No. 2 on the Billboard chart. So of course, the apology was necessary in order to keep business booming because the negative backlash was gaining momentum as the accounts of abuse against women were racking up. And we all know how that goes, see Bill Cosby’s career, because when a few stories come out about a rich and powerful man’s past of abuse against women, there are plenty more untold stories waiting in the wings.
The big question is, will this apology be enough to absolve Dr. Dre or at the very least make people forget about his women-hating past. No, it’s not enough, but at least it his public acknowledgement to his abusive past and not a campaign of denial until it snowballs out of control, again see Bill Cosby’s career.
Even Apple, where Dr. Dre now works as a top consultant after selling them the headphone company he helped establish, Beats, for $3 billion, is standing behind Dre and issued their own statement:
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”
This blanket and tame “apology” will definitely help keep Dr. Dre’s checks rolling in, or Apple’s for that matter, and that’s what’s more important, right?