HBO has announced it will be airing a four-part documentary on Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, which chronicles their divergent roots and their unlikely partnership as well as addresses the moguls' influence and impact on pop culture. Directed by Allen Hughes (Menace II Society), The Defiant Ones features in-depth interviews with Dre and Iovine along with many diverse artists.
The pair have worked together successfully for decades. Interscope Records, cofounded by Iovine, marketed and distributed Dre and Suge Knight's Death Row Records in the early Nineties. By the end of that decade Iovine and Dre partnered for Dre's own label, Aftermath. In 2006, Iovine and Dre teamed again to create Beats by Dre and they debuted their first product two years later. Apple purchased the company in 2014 for $3 billion.
"The Defiant Ones has everything you expect in a great story – drama and humor, tragedy and triumph," Casey Bloys, president of HBO Programming said in a statement, via Complex. "Allen Hughes takes you on a journey through some of the most important flash points of popular culture, and I'm delighted we can bring this unforgettable saga to our viewers."
Hughes filmed Dre and Iovine over the course of three years. In addition to their candid interviews, the documentary houses interviews with Bono, Eminem, Nas, Ice Cube, Gwen Stefani, Snoop Dogg, Trent Reznor and others. It also features behind-the-scenes recording and writing sessions with Eazy-E, Stevie Nicks, N.W.A., Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and more footage that has not been previously seen.
The Defiant Ones will debut in 2017.