November 20, 2005 |
MUSIC producers Marcello "Cool" Valenzano and Andre "Dre" Lyon never intended to set off a tug of war among East Coast hard-core rappers. But that's precisely what happened. Known professionally as Cool & Dre, the pair created a 60-second hip-hop beat they felt perfectly distilled their signature sound: aggressive synthesizers, moodily propulsive drums and an instantly memorable chorus. Then they went looking for a rapper who'd add words, and with luck take their work to the charts.