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Dr. Dre pays homage to radio station that played his first song: "I can’t thank them enough"

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Dr. Dre has paid homage to the California radio station that helped launch his music career.

Dre began his career as a radio DJ for KBLA, formerly known as KDAY, which celebrated its 40th anniversary earlier this week.

On Wednesday, Dre's former collaborator Xzibit, shared a video of the legendary producer reminiscing about his time at the station.

“KDAY was the first station that gave me an opportunity when I was a young and up-and-coming DJ," Dre said.

"They gave me my own radio show, which was called 'The Traffic Jam,' and I showed up every weekday at 5 o’clock," he said. "Every artist out there knows what this is like, the first time you hear your shit on the radio — the feeling is amazing."

On top of giving him his own radio show, Dre said KDAY was also the first station to give his own music some airplay.

"KDAY was the first station to play the first song I ever produced on my own, which was ‘Boyz-N-The-Hood,’ so I can’t thank them enough," he added.

In other Dr. Dre news, his debut solo album "The Chronic" turned 31 years old on Friday.

Released through his own Death Row Records, the album spawned the hit singles with Snoop Dogg "Let Me Ride" and "Nuthin' but a 'G' Thang" and sold over 3 million copies in its first year alone.

It remains widely regarded as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all-time.


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