This 1995 Love Letter Dr. Dre Sent His Future Wife While She Was Still Married To An NBA Player Is The Stuff Of Moguls

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In a music genre that leans heavily on the accumulative conquests of bad bitchez and big booty hoez, the fact that one of rap’s most prolific figures stayed married for more than two decades is rarer than a rapper pushing a Volvo.

But that awe-inspiring run has ended, as TMZ reported that after 24 years of marriage, Nicole Young filed the paperwork to leave Dr. Dre citing “irreconcilable differences.” Sources connected to Nicole say there is no prenup, so how to divvy up Dre’s $800 million could get dicey.

The pair married on May 25, 1996, and they have two adult children together, a son named Truice and a daughter named Truly.

Dre met Young in the mid-1990s while she was still married to then-husband and ex-LA point guard Laker Sedale Threatt.

The doctor simply would not be denied, and said as much in a legendary hand-written letter he wrote to Young in 1995 when he and Hype Williams were scouting for places to shoot the music video for California Love.

Dre was 30 at the time and was riding the wave of the certified scud missile, Keep Their Heads Ringin’. He was hotter than a pistol.

  • There are very non-medical professionals who can say “Come home to your doctor” and not sound like an absolute boner. When I read this sentence from Dre, I reflexively put on pink panties just to drop them.
  • If there were any indicator that Dre would make it to the Mount Rushmore of Rap Business Moguls, it’s writing a love letter and spending 85% of it detailing how you can make money off hippies in the desert. You don’t amass an $800 million fortune by leading with your heart.
  • “I will have my office look into it.” A masterful sly power brag from the Doctor himself here.
  • Imagine being married to your wife for four years like Sedale and some dude sends a letter to your shared home brutally undermining your relationship with the phrase, “quit fuckin’ wit [insert your name here].” That man has bigger cojones than you and you are morally and legally obligated in the state of California to hand your wife over. Dr. out here treating Sedale Threatt like everything but one.
  • What’s your favorite Bible verse? Mine’s “I’m bout to pass out girl, wish I was up in that ass.” Leviticus 3:12.

It’s sad that a 24-year-old coupling has reached its breaking point, but if my first girlfriend’s AIM profile taught me anything, it’s that it’s better to loved and lost than to never have loved at all. I bet you’re kicking yourself now, Danielle. I’ve become a doughy blogger. Yum.


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Matt’s love of writing was born during a sixth grade assembly when it was announced that his essay titled “Why Drugs Are Bad” had taken first prize in D.A.R.E.’s grade-wide contest. The anti-drug people gave him a $50 savings bond for his brave contribution to crime-fighting, and upon the bond’s maturity 10 years later, he used it to buy his very first bag of marijuana.