3. Kendrick Just May Save Dr. Dre’s Detox
According to reports, Kendrick Lamar has been in the studio with Andre Young finishing up his now mythical, is-this-shit-ever-coming-out album Detox. Detox in 2001. Yet hearing some of the tracks on good kid should make any deflated Dr. Dre fan smile (The Just Blaze produced “Compton,” which features Mr. NWA himself on the mic, offers an optimistic template). No, the Good Doctor didn’t produce any cuts on Lamar’s release, but the newcomer’s infectious energy sounds like it’s already serving as inspiration.
It’s no secret that on the two Dr. Dre masterpieces (1992’s The Chronic and 1999’s 2001), the iconic producer was fueled by two great, genre-expanding MC’s: Snoop Dogg and Eminem, respectively. [*Speaking of Slim Shady…doesn’t Lamar’s fluid lyrical dexterity and conceptual boldness reminds you of the Detroit spitter circa late 90’s? Just saying…] Perhaps Dre’s ridiculously slow pace in the studio stems from the fact that he hasn’t had the sort of MC that can truly take command on record beyond hit-making. 50 Cent didn’t seem to play well with others outside his G-Unit set. And the Game? He’s never had the diverse rhyme palette to be an exceptional ghostwriter or fluid partner for Dre. Kendrick Lamar seems to have both attributes, and much more. Get it done, guys.