Who Is Marcel Young? All About Her Parents, Career, & Love Life

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Who Is Marcel Young? All About Her Parents, Career, & Love Life

Marcel Young is the son of rap legend, Dr. Dre and his singer wife, Michel’le (pronounced MEESH-uh-lay) Toussant. Young is Dre’s sixth child while he was his mother’s first.

Unlike Dre’s other children, Young has maintained extreme secrecy around his personal and professional life. He has been almost impossible for media to track down for years and accordingly there’s hardly any stuff to say about him.

So, know why Marcel Young likes to stay under the radar and hasn’t opened up to the general public like his father or mother. Also, acknowledge yourself with every scarce piece of details there is know about Marcel Young.

Marcel Young’s Birth; His Mother Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant With Him For Six Weeks

Dr. Dre and Michel’le’s son, Marcel Young was born on 6 February 1991, in Los Angeles, California. His grandparents and Dre’s parents were Theodore and Verna Young. Theodore owned and amateur R&B group. From his mother’s side, Young is of Louisiana Creole descent. 

Marcel Young's mother, Michel'le Toussant
Marcel Young’s mother, Michel’le Toussant. Source: Facebook

Michel’le knew pretty late about her pregnancy with Marcel. She would only find out about him after 6 weeks of pregnancy. She was then on Hammer tour and still had two more months to go.

She had to come home and have the baby and finish out some more shows. Toussant then eventually became a stay-at-home mommy.

She says she doesn’t advise having a baby if one wants to be in this business. Young’s mother explains the baby can easily take a year and a half off.

Marcel Young Siblings: One Passed Away From A Drug Overdose 

Marcel Young is the first-born child of the R&B singer, Michel’le, while for Dr. Dre, he is his fourth. In addition to Marcel, the CEO of Beats Electronics has three more sons and three daughters.

Also, Marcel’s mom, Michel’le, is a mother to another child, a daughter from her marriage with Suge Knight.

Marcel Young with his mother and half sister, Baili Knight
Marcel Young with his mother and half-sister, Bailei Knight

Young’s half-sister from his mother’s union with Suge, Bailei Knight was born on 28 November 2002. Michel’le and Suge welcomed her three years after their marriage. In an interview, Dre. Dre’s ex-wife explained Marcel has a great relationship with his younger sister.

Further, Marcel has six more half-siblings from his dad’s relationship with several women. His half-brothers are Curtis Young, Truice Young, and Andre Young Jr. The latter died due to an overdose of heroin in 2009. Marcel’s other half-sisters include Truly Young, La Tanya Danielle Young, and Tyra Young.

Marcel Young's half brother, Andre Young Jr. died from a drug overdose
Marcel Young’s half brother, Andre Young Jr. died from a drug overdose

Young enjoys a great bonding with his all half-siblings, though they rarely appear together in public.

Marcel Young’s Mother, Michel’le Toussant’s Struggles

His mother, Toussaint grew up in a household that lived paycheck to paycheck because of which she had to leave South Central Los Angeles. She used to attend school 30 miles away from her house — in the comparatively well-to-do neighborhood of Woodland Hills. The integration of the Los Angeles Unified School District had significant, lasting implications in his mother’s life.

Marcel Young's mother Michel'le Touissant
Marcel Young’s mother Michel’le Toussant. Source: Instagram

Toussant, now 50, is perhaps best known for her 1989 self-titled double-platinum album. When she was 16 in 1986, Young’s mother recorded “Turn Off the Lights” for World Class Wreckin’ Cru, Dr. Dre’s R&B group with DJ Yella.

Toussaint used to ride three buses to get to work. She was smart, yet possessed no knowledge of the inner workings of the music industry and she never got a penny from the song’s royalties. Dre’s former wife revealed she wore the same jeans three times a week. Her mother had too many kids and it was hard for her to provide.

His Parents Were In A Relationship For Six Years

Dre and Toussant met at Ruthless Records in the late 1980s.

Months after “Turn Off the Lights (1987),” Toussaint and Dre began dating. The former, however, never saw herself as much of anything besides Dre’s girlfriend until Eazy-E approached her about signing with Ruthless Records. Dre produced her debut album, which included the single “No More Lies.”

With the godfather of the American hip-hop industry, Dr. Dre, there were moments when Toussant’s life was like something out of a dream. At one time, Young’s father surprised her with a house he’d bought for them both in Calabasas, Calif.

To add misery to the physical abuse; Dre was also a habitual cheater. They were in a romantic relationship for a total of six years.

The 2016 American biographical TV drama film ‘Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le detailed the relationship of Young’s parents, Dr. Dre and Michel’le.

Marcel’s Father Was Very Abusive Towards His Mother

Young’s father assaulted her in a Los Angeles nightclub in 1991. Gawker’s journalist reported, at the time, Toussaint thought Dre was going to kill her. The rapper pleaded no contest to the charge, and Young’s parents settled a civil suit outside of court.

In an interview with Vlad TV, Toussaint said she was glad she wasn’t in the movie. Young’s mother added, from the beginning, she was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.

Sadly for Toussaint, it wasn’t until her exit from South Central, that she realized domestic violence wasn’t normal and that she’d done nothing to deserve it. She also never called the police on Dre. Marcel’s mother said she was quiet because she didn’t know any different and thought it was a form of love.

In an interview with New York radio station Power 105, Toussaint disclosed Dre punched her with a closed fist repeatedly, and that he had given her black eyes on at least five incidents. She said he broke her nose and even cracked her rib.

What’s more, Toussaint revealed Dre, like many other men who commit acts of intimate partner violence, isolated her from her friends, especially if they were men.

Dre Even Shot Marcel’s Mother

While giving an interview for VLAD TV, Michel’le also talked about the time when Dr. Dre fired a shot at her.

She remembered they had just partied and after that, they got into argument, he went and got the gun and she had just made it through the bathroom door. Toussant said Marcel’s father shot at her and missed me by few inches.

After that, Michel’le left the bullet in the hole. She explained how it was in the door and then it went through the side of the wall in the bathroom and she left it there for a while, just so he could see it.

Toussant said after the incident, he never tried to shoot her anymore. But the beatings would still continue.

Marcel Young’s Mother, Michel’le’s Second Husband Was Also Abusive

While Marcel’s mother was able to free herself from Dre, physical abuse was bound to find her once again, only this time, the offender was not the Grammy-winning artist.

Toussant claimed the Death Row Records founder, Suge only hit her one time. After that, he promised not to hit her again because “she was too small.”

The couple was together for eight years, with Suge staying in jail for six of them. Currently, the record producer is back in jail on a 2015 attempted murder charge.

What Is Marcel Young Doing Now?

Marcel as apparent is pretty elusive and neither is he chasing any spotlight. Besides featuring in Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, Young has not made any presence in the media.

To make the matter more mysterious, he’s not that prevailing over social media as well.

Marcel’s Father’s Sizeable Net Worth

It wouldn’t be wrong to say Young was born into wealthiness considering his father’s weighty fortune. As of 2021, sources estimate Dr. Dre’s net worth is estimated to be north of $800 million, which ranks him among the top five 3rd richest rappers in the world.

Dre pocketed a total of about US$52 million from selling part of his share of Aftermath Entertainment to Interscope Records and his production of the hit song, Family Affair (2001) by Mary J. Blige.

In 2001, Rolling Stone magazine named him the second-highest-paid artist of the year. 

Dr. Dre ranked 44th in 2004 with earnings of $11.4 million, mostly from production royalties from such projects as albums from G-Unit and D12 and the single, Rich Girl by singer Gwen Stefani and rapper Eve.

In 2012, Forbes estimated his net worth at US$270 million. The publication later reported that Young’s father acquired US$110 million via his various endeavors in 2012, making him the highest-paid artist of the year.

His 2014 sale of Beats to Apple was the biggest single-year payday of any musician in history. This subsequently made Dr. Dre the world’s richest musical performer of 2015.

In 2014, the Mechanic purchased a $40 million home in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. Its previous owners were the power couple, Tom Brady, and supermodel Gisele Bundchen