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How Dolphins coach Joe Philbin first learned about Dr. Dre

DAVIE, Fla. -- Hip-hop artist, music producer and businessman Dr. Dre (aka Andre Young) is well-known in pop culture for various things. He has made classic songs and albums, partnered to create Beats headphones, and most recently had his music career depicted in the movie "Straight Outta Compton," which is tearing up the box office.

However, there are people still unfamiliar with Dr. Dre, who has more than 2.6 million Twitter followers. Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin used to be among them.

Philbin said Tuesday that he was first introduced to Dr. Dre and his former rap group after watching "Straight Outta Compton" last week during a team-sponsored movie night.

"I actually liked it," Philbin said. "I had never heard of Dr. Dre until I went to the movie. I liked the history of it. I didn't know any of that stuff. I thought it was good."

Philbin won't get much street cred after revealing this oversight. But expanding his horizons, such as seeing "Straight Outta Compton" with his team, is all part of Philbin's plan to be more personal with players.

He had developed a reputation as being meticulous and tightly wound during his first three years as the Dolphins' coach. This year, Philbin is spending time at the movies, organizing kickball games and performing embarrassing music shows in front of his team. On Tuesday, Philbin described the latter event as "a lot of fun."

The Dolphins' chemistry hasn't been great during Philbin's tenure. "Bullygate" in 2013 and Mike Wallace's benching at the end of last season happened on Philbin's watch. Perhaps Philbin loosening up this season will have a trickle-down effect on the team chemistry as well.