Hip-hop veteran Andre “Doctor Dré” Brown is reportedly aiming to launch a reality TV show to help bring about health awareness.

According to Brown, losing a toe and suffering his own medical complications inspired the production.

He developed Type 2 diabetes and has faced a series of health challenges: losing a toe, injuring his ankles and, three years ago, going blind. Now he is planning to have weight-loss surgery — a move recently endorsed by many in the medical community for helping to reduce the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. And, like the D.J. that he has remained at heart, he wants to share that experience, this time through a proposed reality television show that would chronicle his surgery and recovery. (NY Times)

Dré is most known for his “Yo! MTV Raps” show and touring with rap trio The Beastie Boys.

“Yo! MTV Raps” co-host Doctor Dre (Andre Brown) had a successful career in hip-hop before landing the gig on the pioneering video program in 1989. He was a member of the Def Jam Recording group Original Concept, toured as the deejay for the Beastie Boys, signed his Adelphi University classmate Chuck D and his group Public Enemy to Def Jam, and even wrote four songs for Run D.M.C.’s “Raising Hell” album, including the hit “Proud To Be Black.” (Yahoo! Music)

A couple years ago, hip-hop star Rick Ross credited a personal trainer and gym routine for losing over 50 pounds.

“I ain’t really keeping up with the amount of weight,” Ross said when asked how much weight he has lost. “I just wanted to get into better shape, put myself in a better position. I still eat the way I want to eat. I just go to the gym now. I do this sh*t called CrossFit. I call it RossFit. It’s called RossFit now. If y’all see this, hashtag RossFit. … Reebok had introduced me to a trainer and what he turned me onto was, let’s say for instance, if you’re on a treadmill and you did that sh*t for 30 minutes, you burning calories but you could be doing something that’s burning calories and building muscles at the same time.” (“Tim Westwood TV”)

Rap veteran Fat Joe previously said Ross could handle his health problems on his own three years ago.

Joey Crack’s friend and fellow heavy-set collaborator Rick Ross recently suffered two seizures that many are speculating are connected to the Bawse’s weight. Yet when asked by XXL if he had any thoughts on Rozay’s current situation, Crills said he had no advice. “He’s a grown man,” Joe said of Ross. “Whatever his health problems are he’s gonna deal with them or do whatever he got [to do]. I can’t offer that man nothin’.” (XXL Mag)