“The Defiant Ones” starts out with the least interesting but most lucrative turning point in the partnership of rap producer Dr. Dre and music biz mogul Jimmy Iovine. It was 2014 and their streaming service, Beats Music, was acquired by Apple in a $3.2-billion deal.
Music’s odd couple had suddenly become its billionaire boys club.
But it’s the decades of struggle and successes leading up to that point that make this four-part series stand out in the crowded field of music docs.
Writer and director Allen Hughes adeptly weaves Dre (born Andre Romelle Young) and Iovine’s stories together, from their early days on different coasts, in different decades, worshipping very...