Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Launch Degree Program At USC

posted Wednesday May 15 ,2013 at 12:24PM CDT | 17 comments

Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine Launch Degree Program At USC

The business partners donated $70 million to launch the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

Neither Dr. Dre nor Jimmy Iovine attended college. But the Beats Electronics business partners have given the University of Southern California $70 million to create the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. 

“I feel like this is the biggest, most exciting and probably the most important thing that I’ve done in my career,” Dr. Dre said during an interview with The New York Times.

The degree blends business, marketing, product development, design and liberal arts. Dre and Iovine (whose daughter attended the university) hope the program develops talented students who may eventually work for them, even if not in the music business. “If the next start-up that becomes Facebook happens to be one of our kids, that’s what we are looking for,” said Iovine, who will deliver the class of 2013 commencement speech at USC.

The particulars of the program and still being defined, though "The Garage" is a senior project that requires students to set up a business prototype. The first class of 25 students will enter in fall 2014, selected for their academic achievement, the university said, as well as their ability for “original thought,” as per the Times.

Dr. Dre and Iovine have worked together since 1992, when Dr. Dre released his landmark The Chronic album on Iovine's Interscope Records. Since then, the pair have collaborated on launching the careers of Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent and Game, among others.

When asked if he thought he would ever help start a university program, Dr. Dre told the Times, “Never in a million years.” 

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Comments 17 Posts

  • Rick Ross
    Can I have a number 2 super sized and 4 mc doubles with extra bacon, cause I'm the biggest boss Ross.
  • Anonymous
    • LavondaPerkins
      like Dawn said I'm shocked that anyone able to get paid $9602 in a few weeks on the internet. did you read this web page... up444.coM
  • Renzo rollin
    Please stop wih the pics of Dre with his master Jimmy.
  • Anonymous
    why dont they launch a fucking album and call it DETOX
    • Anonymous
      HAHAHA this
    • Anonym
    • Anonymous
      Relax. By Summer 2035 it'll be here.
  • Anonymous
    I would hope the next generation of kids has higher aspirations than working in the music industry.
    • sp
      the truth
  • Marc
    What if Dre and Iovine were secretly a gay couple? Think about it........
    • Mr. Funkadeli
      Remember those gay rumors about Dre back in the day? I wouldn't doubt it. Look at that photo in the story.
    • sowhat
      That's the end of that way of thinking.
    • Anonymous
      hiphop is a closet society.
    • Anon
      Seems like Hip Hop is one big gay witch hunt. But yeah, Dre look gay in that picture...faggot.
    • playboy pryor
      only a gay nigger would think of the shit you talking about. this is a good move, this could benefit alot of people in the future