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Dre talks Detox and other new albums

By | Published on Friday 6 August 2010

Now 407 years in production, Dr Dre’s ‘Detox’ album looks set to make it out into the world later this year. In a new interview the rapper and producer discusses why the album has taken so long (more like seven years, in reality), as well as talking about another new album he has been working on.

Asked if he ever thought it would take as long as it has to complete ‘Detox’, Dre told Vibe: “Absolutely not. I thought it would take at worst case a couple of years. For example, actual work time on [his 1992 solo debut] ‘The Chronic’ was nine months and actual work time on my last album, ‘2001’ [released in 1999], was about ten months. The actual work time on this album is about half of that, where I’m seriously focusing on it. There is always something coming up. Like signing talent, old and new”.

He added that an instrumental album was also in the works, saying: “An instrumental album is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I have the ideas for it. I want to call it ‘The Planets’. I don’t even know if I should be saying this, but fuck it. It’s just my interpretation of what each planet sounds like. I’m gonna go off on that. Just all instrumental. I’ve been studying the planets and learning the personalities of each planet. I’ve been doing this for about two years now just in my spare time so to speak. I wanna do it in surround sound. It’ll have to be in surround sound for Saturn to work”.

With such a long gap between releases of Dre’s solo albums, leaks have become inevitable. Dre spoke of his frustration at unfinished music being heard by fans: “‘Under Pressure’ leaking was killer. It was a little bit more frustrating because at least ‘Crack A Bottle’ had a hook on it. I wouldn’t be as mad at a leak if the song was done … I’m not mad at the fans. I’m mad at the person that leaked the shit. I have no idea how it got out. It’s not even worth looking to see who did it. It happens. The most painful part about it is that I’m passionate about what I do so people should hear it in the right form”.

Amongst the unfinished tracks that have made it out into earshot of the public were tracks with guide vocals recorded by Ludacris and TI, who have written lyrics for ‘Detox’. Dre explained that he had a better idea of how those leaked: “Somebody actually hacked into our emails, so that made our red flags go up. We’re in a new age and that’s a sign: Wake up motherfucker. You have to be more careful with your shit. That’s all there is to it. I know what’s up now”.