When the Notorious B.I.G. told us “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” none of us believed him. Who could commiserate with the lavish lifestyle of Hip-Hop’s biggest star? For America’s urban residents still on the heels of Reaganomics, the claim seemed nothing more than a dramatic farce.
Ruthless, Death Row, and Aftermath Records alumni and Beats Headphones mogul Andre Young, collectively known as Dr. Dre found himself in the thick of a contentious divorce battle with lucrative stakes this summer.
Nicole Young, wife of the N.W.A. star for 24 years, filed for divorce based on irreconcilable differences with a claim for spousal support to the lofty tune of $2 million dollars per month. The claim would eventually be reduced to $1.5 million dollars before ultimately dismissed. Nicole alleged that Dre forced her into a prenuptial agreement and sought repayment for all legal fees, a tally over $5 million dollars. Perhaps the largest shoe to drop, Nicole Young, asserted that she co-owns the trademark for “The Chronic” rapper-producer’s namesake, “Dr. Dre.”
Dr. Dre scored a big win in court over divorce w/ Nicole Young‼️ https://t.co/KlURs4H3C3
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Rapper-actor and former Shady/Aftermath protégé, Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, took a thinly-veiled shot at her claims on Instagram saying, “these b*tches be crazy how do you even ask for 2 million a month…”
His verbal charge prompted a vicious response from Truly Young, the 19 year-old daughter of Andre and Nicole Young. The University of Southern California undergraduate student fired back, “Haha…coming from an ugly, washed up, early 2000s rapper who filed for bankruptcy and is only envious of my family’s wealth and lifestyle. Have fun spending the rest of your savings on steroids. F*ck you.” On her own Instagram story post, she added, “The blatant misogyny and disrespect by ignorant men that is being shown is absolutely fucking vile. Calling my mother, my dad’s wife, a b*tch is unforgiveable. You have no respect for me or my siblings and this is extremely evident.” She added, “Using a photo of my parents and I solely to gain attention for yourself exemplifies a lot of the things wrong with the world right now.”
None of this is to say that the good Doctor has a spotless reputation either. Michel’le Toussaint, R&B recording artist with whom Dr. Dre collaborated and produced a son, made his past infidelities and physical abuse public; most notably, in her Lifetime Original Movie: “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le.” The film depicted incidents of Dre’s abuse suffered by the “Nicety” singer.
Ms. Toussaint also detailed his misdeeds in a prior interview, “When I say that he gave me five black eyes, I mean three solid ones and the other two were bruises because I learned how to duck and dodge. I have one scar on my neck, but I have been bleaching it for many years. It’s from his nails when he picked me up by my neck. It’s getting better now. I also have a scar on my leg and my rib.”
Mr. Young would admit to his checkered past in 2015 interview with the New York Times, “I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again,” he said. “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.”
Michel’le dropped a stunning new revelation: that Dre got engaged to Nicole while still involved with her. In fact, she says that he asked her, “‘why don’t you be my mistress?’” In the recent interview with VladTV, Toussaint also states that she and Nicole had a few dustups around the time, one of which involved Nicole throwing “all my baby’s portraits away…all of my memorabilia. When she moved in, I didn’t throw her stuff away; she threw my stuff away.”
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