For Reference Only? 11 Rap Reference Tracks We Want To Hear Finished (Pg. 2)
The Reference Track: “Under Pressure,” featuring Dr. Dre & Jay-Z
The Original Plan: “Under Pressure” was supposed to serve as the first single from Dre’s long-awaited Detox album. A mixed and mastered version of the song was scheduled to be released earlier this year. After weeks of waiting, the reference was leaked.
The Potential: After this leaked, Dre threw his hands up during subsequent interviews and claimed that he didn’t know how it’d gotten out. The song didn’t knock quite as hard as most Dre songs in the past and the hook was—sorry, Dre—awful. That doesn’t mean it couldn’t be a strong street single if Dre polished it up a bit and, you know, actually had an album that required a street single!