Producer/keyboardist L.A. Dre, who was an affiliate of Ruthless Records in the late ’80s/early ’90s, passed away on Monday (April 3), according to former N.W.A publicist Phyllis Pollack and longtime affiliate Too Short.

Born Andre Bolton, Dre had a hand in crafting some of gangster rap’s seminal albums, including N.W.A’s Straight Outta Compton, Eazy E’s Eazy-Duz-It, and Above The Law’s Livin’ Like Hustlers, as well as Michel’le’s self-titled debut. After Dre worked on the Straight Outta Compton Tour in 1989, Bay Area legend Too Short eventually took Dre on tour with him as his sound engineer and the two soon became like brothers. Needless to say, his sudden passing was unexpected, although Dre had suffered a stroke just six weeks earlier.

“I’m shocked,” Too Short tells HipHopDX. “Me and Dre didn’t do a lot of music together. We worked a lot together, but he was the sound guy for N.W.A on the Straight Outta Compton Tour, the one they depict in the movie. He was the sound guy on that tour and I was the guy that went on before N.W.A. We all met on that tour. That’s the first time me, Eazy and

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