Dr. Dre’s Top 7 Rules For Success #ProducerGrind

Dr. Dre’s Top 7 Rules For Success #ProducerGrind

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He’s in the music business for over 30 years and rose to billionaire status
when he sold his company Beats to Apple in May 2014.
It’s Dr. Dre, Hip-hop icon, known for his never ending list of hit records.

Here is my take on Dr. Dre’s top 7 rules for success.

The music business has a habit of being very disposable.
Artists that are hot today, may be forgotten in a year or two.
Dr. Dre shares his secret to longevity in the music biz.

Dr. Dre’s Top 7 Rules For Sucess

  1. Be a perfectionist
  2. Don’t limit yourself to one genre
  3. Analyze the competition
  4. Think long-term
  5. Prepare yourself
  6. Have your own sound
  7. Keep the passion


  1. Best Quotes

Rule 1#: Be a perfectionist

“The secret to my longevity? I think, it’s the fact that I’m a perfectionist.”

Dr. Dre is notoriously known for taking his time to perfect a beat.

There are sources that claim he spent hours on finding the right kick samples for some of his greatest hits.
If you want your music to stand out, make sure to fine tune the details.
Don’t settle for anything less than the sound you desire.

Rule 2#: Don’t limit yourself to one genre

“I think people are limited because they are very well influenced
by people that’s around them or people in the media.

You see somebody criticizing something, you are not going to do that.
I don’t think like that. I’m only going to do what I like.”

“I listen to everybody’s music. Even R&B, I listen to classical music sometimes,
I listen to Heavy Metal. I just listen to everything.”

One of the biggest mistakes that musicians make, is that they limit themselves musically.
You should always keep an open mind towards other music genres. Form your own opinion.
Following the crowd exclusively prevents you from finding your own style.

Rule 3#: Analyze the competition

“And really I listen to the whack stuff that’s out there more.
Because I want to know what not to do, the stuff that’s not selling.”

Today, most musicians sell their music/beats online.
Make it a habit to not only listen to tracks that are ranking high but also to those that don’t.
Developing a deep understanding of what works and what not is key.
It will help you to improve your own sound.

Rule 4#: Think long-term

Learn to enjoy the process but also keep a business perspective.
During the production of the feature documentary Rhythm & Rhyme, Dre gave his thoughts on the topic:

Interviewer: Just from what you said, you have a long-term perspective. A lot of kids don’t have that though. What do you think has to change for them to start thinking long-term rather than what they have to deal with on a daily basis?

Dre: What I think has to change, as far as long longevity, looking at people that made it in the business such as Quincy Jones,  that’s my mentor right there because he started at a young age, the same as I did, and he’s still doing his thing and having fun with it.

Rule 5#: Prepare yourself

“It’s not about who has the flyest car or who owns the most jewlery. It ain’t about that.
It’s about saving and preparing yourself for when the mainstream doesn’t care about you anymore.
Because it’s gonna happen. Sooner or later. You just never know when.”

“You have to say: Okay, I know I will spent some money on luxury.
Let me put this money over here to spent it on fancy things and let me save this.
You gotta make sure you are prepared when the hype is over.”

If you plan on making a living with music, you will also need to think business:
Spend your money wisely or even better: Safe and invest in yourself!

Rule 6#: Have your own sound

“I think everybody has to have their own sound. That’s what makes it different.
Whether it be Hip-hop or any form of music. I make my music for the listeners.”

Rule 7#: Keep the passion

Kendrick Lamar shared a piece of advice that Dre has given him in a recent interview.

“Keep the passion for the music. So many people loose passion and everything starts to be about a dollar
and that’s when the value of the music goes down.”

Bonus Quotes from Dre

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.” -Dr. Dre

“When the ideas are coming, I don’t stop until the ideas stop because that train doesn’t come along all the time.” – Dr. Dre

“People are always coming up to me, thinking I’ve got some magic wand that can make them a star and I want to tell them that no one can do that.
Making hit records is not that easy. But it took me time to realize that myself.” -Dr. Dre

“Nothing pulls you back into the studio more than the belief that your best record is still ahead.” -Dr. Dre

I hope you got inspired by this list of 7 pieces of advice from Dre.
Which rule is your favorite?