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This four-part documentary series shows the history of how an Italian-American from Brooklyn and a rapper from Compton become an unstoppable duo in the music industry. Music executive Jimmy Iovine and rapper/producer Dr. Dre collaborate and become instrumental in establishing rap as the most influential American music towards the end of the 20th century. Their ventures together eventually develop into Beats By Dre, Beats Music and then Apple Music . Interviews with insiders, including some of the music industry’s most renowned, explain how their rise to the top did not come easy. Both men experienced many setbacks and upsets along the way, but their genius thinking and unshakeable determination eventually lead them to success.

HBO
1 Season, 4 Episodes
July 9, 2017
Documentary & Biography, Music
Cast: Bono, David Geffen, Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jimmie Iovine
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The Defiant Ones Full Episode Guide

  • After some disappointing solo releases, Dre's fortunes turn when Jimmy turns him onto the music of unknown white rapper Eminem; an opportune sit-down between Jimmy and Dre leads to the idea of Beats Electronics, vaulting the partners to new heights.

  • Jimmy begins a new career as co-founder of Interscope Records, cutting a deal with Death Row Records for Interscope to become the label's distributor; Dre, Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur become embroiled in a violent feud with East Coast rap rivals.

  • N.W.A. evolves into a force to be reckoned with, but a series of calamities leaves Dr. Dre looking to make a fresh start; Jimmy continues to rise up the music ladder via successful collaborations with Tom Petty and Stevie Nicks.

  • Dr. Dre's story begins in Compton, Calif., where his fascination with dance music, DJ innovations and sound leads him to become part of N.W.A.; Jimmy Iovine works his way up in the recording industry, building a reputation as a talented producer.

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The Defiant Ones: Eminem and Dre (HBO) Clip (01:12) The Defiant Ones: Dr. Dre (HBO) Clip (00:16) The Defiant Ones: Statement Tease (HBO) Clip (00:31) The Defiant Ones: You Will Never Tease (HBO) Clip (00:29) The Defiant Ones: Cut To The Chase Tease (HBO) Clip (01:01)