Reports of Apple’s pending Beats Electronics acquisition has left the vast majority of us scratching our heads, but if you thought this was just another spurious claim from anonymous supply chain blabbermouths, you can think again. Not only did the story come from reputable sources, but it has been all but confirmed by Dr. Dre himself.
In the short video below, a drunk Dre proclaims himself “the first billionaire in hip-hop” as he celebrates with friends.
The video was posted on Facebook by Tyrese Gibson, R&B singer-songwriter, actor, and Dre’s “homie.” The status that accompanies it reads, “How did I end up in the studio with Dr Dre ON THE night his deal went public that he did with Apple 3.2 BILLION!!!!
Dre himself doesn’t mention Apple in the not-safe-for-work clip, but he does brag about becoming a billionaire. Around 60 seconds in, Dre says, “the first billionaire in hip-hop. Right here from the motherf*cking West Coast.” It’s probably best you don’t watch this one in the office without headphones.
It’s still unclear what Apple will do with Beats, but its focus seems to be on the company’s new music-streaming service rather than its popular headphones and speakers. We may also see Beats Audio technology integrated into Macs and iOS devices in the same way that it has been in HP laptops and HTC smartphones.