West Coast producer Dr. Dre has opened up about the delay behind his highly-anticipated Detox album and why. despite being 10 years in the making, the LP is finally taking form.
The Doc also said he may stream Detox wirelessly through his Beats by Dre headphones.
“Me and [Interscope Records CEO] Jimmy [Iovine] talk about this all the time. It was supposed to be my album promoting the headphones, but it’s gonna be the other way around now. It’s gonna be a two-for-one thing. As soon as we finish this interview I’m going into the studio and get it on. I know it’s taking a long time but it’s not 100 percent work on my album that I’m doing every day. That’s why it’s taking so long. It’s been almost ten years since my last album — but I haven’t been sitting on my hands. Keeping it real with you, I just started really getting involved in it and really feeling it this year. Around January or February. Before now I was kind of doing it more out of obligation, but now I really feel it inside and it’s pouring out right now. Music comes out much better when you’re in that frame of mind.” (VIBE)
Diddy hitmaker Rico Love recently told SOHH about his involvement on the LP.
“Yeah, I’m working on a few records with him on Detox,” Rico revealed to SOHH. “We got in last week in LA and we’re gonna be doing some more in the near future but I will tell you this. He played me some stuff that I was bugging over, I was like, ‘This album is ready to go right now! You don’t even need me here!’ Everybody [who has heard the album] is saying the same thing because it’s all true. Dre has some music that you would be like, ‘Why don’t you just put this out?’ But like [I’ve] said, we can’t get into the brains of these guys. They believe their music should have a certain standard beyond what other artists are thinking.” (SOHH)
R&B singer Lloyd recently opened up about getting a sneak peek listen to Detox.
“He played me a lot of the Detox album, which is incredible — it sounds like, history,” Lloyd revealed in an interview. “It’s classic, it’s epic, it’s like L.A., stand up, it’s like West Coast. You know, I’m from the South so for me to hear Dr. Dre’s music and, I don’t know, this guy’s, he’s a legend and he’s not the youngest guy in the game so for him to still have the youth by the balls and be able to come out with stuff that is constantly changing music in the horizon, I think that that’s incredible. And it felt like magic.” (Rap-Up)
In July, Dre blamed his work on other artists’ projects for the Detox delay.
“It hasn’t been a consistent thing with me,” Dre revealed in an interview. “I’d be working on it, stop, do a couple of other albums, like for example, I was working on the record and had to stop and work with Eminem for like five or six months, get back in to it and in-between there’s been Game and 50 [Cent] and some of the artists like that I had to stop and work on. So it’s been taking a long time but it hasn’t been continuous work on that project so that’s one of the reasons why it’s been taking a long time but I’m in it right now, I feel it right now. Before this year, I felt I was doing it more out of obligation but right now, as in the end of last year, I really feel it. It’s coming out of me and it’s coming out of my heart and it’ll definitely be out this year — I’m just trying to give everybody what they want and not give them this new word I came up with, it’s called ‘anticippointment.'” (All Hip Hop)
Check out Dr. Dre speaking on his delayed album below: