When word broke earlier this month that legendary producer Dr. Dre‘s long-delayed Detox album was once again being pushed back, it was hardly a shocking news headline. After all, the storied project has been in the making since 2002.
But the West Coast icon, who over the last 20 plus years has worked on landmark albums by NWA (Straight Outta Compton); Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Eminem ( The Marshall Mathers LP) and 50 Cent (Get Rich or Die Tryin’) says his aim is to make the best album possible.
“Once that sound is right, once that mix is right, it’s a feeling that you get, here — It’s unexplainable,” Dre explained to UK publication the Guardian of his quest for studio perfection. “I have to go out to clubs now…You need to understand what people are listening to. I’m working hard on it. I’m stopping to work on other artists in-between, but the minute it’s done and I feel it right here. I don’t think I’ve done that [perfect] record yet. I’ll know what it is when it comes; I know exactly what it is in my head, but I haven’t done it yet. It’s close…I got some shit coming, believe me.”
Dr. Dre’s last album release was the multi-platinum critically acclaimed work Chronic 2001. —Keith Murphy