- dr dre key to the cityIt's been a hell of a week for Dr. Dre. The progenitor of G-Funk sold his stake in Beats Electronics, the company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, to Apple<a title="billion" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/dr-dre-beats-sale-to-apple/" target="_blank"> for $3.2 billion last week</a>, and his sudden ascension to the richest man in hip-hop—with wealth estimated just shy of a full billion—has come with its share of perks. One of those is reported to be the <a title="compton" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2014/05/dr-dre-offered-key-city-of-compton/" target="_blank">Key to the City of Compton</a>, his LA hometown and the setting for such classics as "California Love" with Tupac from the mid-1990s.<br /><br />But Dre's not the only rapper to receive a key to the city—<a title="pitt" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/10/mac-miller-appreciates-the-love-from-his-hometown/" target="_blank">Mac Miller received the Key to Pittsburgh</a> late last year, while Tyler, The Creator wanted the Key to Boulder, Colorado so much that he <a title="staged" href="http://www.xxlmag.com/news/2013/03/watch-tyler-the-creator-host-a-key-to-the-city-ceremony-in-boulder/" target="_blank">staged his own ceremony</a>, giving himself a fake honorary key. Impressively creative as always, Tyler. From Diddy to Pitbull, Baby Jay to Busdriver, here are 19 times when a member of the hip-hop community has received a Key to The City. Keys open doors. —<a title="danrys" href="https://twitter.com/danrys" target="_blank"><em>Dan Rys</em></a>
After his monumental deal with Apple went final last month, Dr. Dre’s stock rose astronomically. The man who is now worth $790 million, made his first public debut appearance with Apple during the Worldwide Developers Conference, according to Appleinsider, today. (June 2nd)
The dynamic rapper-producer made his first official debut with Apple through a phone call he received from Apple software chief Craig Federighi.
“Dre said that he’s excited to begin life at Apple,” according to a story on apple insider, ”before joking about what time he’d have to show up to work every day in order to beat notoriously early-rising Chief Executive Tim Cook.”
The deal doesn’t involve Dr. Dre’s headphone line. The $3 billion deal revolves around it’s streaming service, which will certainly bolster Apple in the streaming world.