It turns out you can spell D-R-E without AARP. Last week, as Dr. Dre celebrated his 50th birthday, the nonprofit group for Americans past the half-century mark shared a mock magazine cover of the hip-hop mogul; this prompted various reports the N.W.A. co-founder was actually appearing on the front of the bi-monthly print publication. He isn’t, an AARP spokesperson has confirmed to Wondering Sound.
AARP rep Sarah Ezon said in an email that “this is a fun mock-cover and will not go to print or distribution.” Still, she didn’t close the door entirely to any potential future Dre involvement with the organization, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons. “I will however keep you posted on more coming up soon,” she added.
AARP The Magazine made headlines recently when Bob Dylan granted the publication his only interview ahead of new album Shadows in the Night. Dylan also gave away 50,000 CDs of the album to randomly selected AARP members (all members receive the magazine, which has long had the biggest circulation in the United States). “If it was up to me, I’d give you the records for nothing and you give them to every [reader of your] magazine,” said Dylan, who appears on the cover of the February/March 2015 AARP The Magazine issue.
Dre’s youth will soon be portrayed on the big screen in the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which opens in theaters on August 14. Last year, the Compton native declared himself “the first billionaire in hip-hop” as Apple struck a deal to buy Beats, the company he co-founded.
This rap icon may be turning 50 today, but he’s still D.R.E. pic.twitter.com/dGVerDD4UA
— AARP (@AARP) February 18, 2015