The Defiant Ones changed my life. For three days, at least. The HBO docu-series available through Netflix focusing upon the careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine reinvigorated my motivation to ‘make it.’
It didn’t last much longer than a weekend though, and I don’t even really remember what happened to pop my inspiration-shaped balloon. I went into The Defiant Ones looking for more on the godfather of G-funk, how did Dr. Dre manage to shape the sound of hip-hop and remain relevant for four-going-on-five decades?
By the time The Defiant Ones finished, I wanted to be Jimmy Iovine.
The stand-out moment of the documentary series came as a portrayal of the polymaths career really got started. Called into work on a Easter Sunday, and sacrificed time with his family to find out he’d be engineering for none other than John Lennon.
Essentially, Jimmy Iovine is now a music legend because he was willing to be in the right place at the right time. It might look like an accident, but there’s something undervalued about a willingness to go against family values on the off-chance it works out towards your dream career.
If you’re a music nerd, and want any sort of career connected to the industry. The Defiant Ones is a must-watch. I might re-run it, just to see if I can get another three days motivation out of it.