Year Eligible: 2017
Debut Record: The Chronic (1992)
Why He Should Be Inducted: A year after leaving gangsta-rap firebrands N.W.A, Dr. Dre became the ambassador for the G-Funk era. His first solo album, The Chronic, became an instant classic, thanks to heavy MTV airplay, his public beefing with ex-bandmate Eazy-E and the introduction of one Snoop Doggy Dogg. He later discovered Eminem and helped turn Death Row Records into a force to be reckoned with, even if his departure from that label was acrimonious. Dre's long-awaited comeback, 2015's brilliant Compton, shored up his reputation as a legendary producer and rapper, and he continues to top lists of the richest rap stars. As of 2016, he's also already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member, along with the other members of N.W.A.
Possible Drama: None.