“I’m hoping that it will bring to them independence of thought to be able to work in the world between technology and liberal arts,” Iovine said.
In 2013, the two music moguls donated $70 million to help build the 10,000-square-foot academy, which is scheduled to open in fall 2019. Dr.
Dre, born in Compton as Andre Young, launched his career with the influential 1980s rap group NWA, then became an established solo artist and producer.
In 2008, he launched the Beats by Dr. Dre headphone line. In 2014, Apple bought the brand for $3 billion, making him by some estimates at the time, the richest man in the hip-hop business.
Iovine started as a recording engineer and producer in the 1970s, working with artists such as John Lennon and Bruce Springsteen.
In 1990 he co-founded Interscope Records which, with its subsidiary Death Row Records, helped launch a number of influential hip-hop acts in the 1990s and 2000s, including Tupac Shakur and Eminem. Iovine worked with Dr. Dre to launch Beats.