While Dr. Dre may only be focused on working with Aftermath Records’ Kendrick Lamar and Slim the Mobster, the Doc now reveals a that he feels a calling to return to cutting up tracks– albeit in the form that he originally started his hip-hop career.
According to the veteran hip-hop producer, he may make a revisit his original talent, deejaying, in the near future.
It’s no secret that Dre has been fine-tuning is long-awaited Detox album, but what fans may not know is that the former N.W.A producer has at least thought about returning to the DJ booth. “I’ve actually been talking about it a little bit; dusting my hands off and getting back in the DJ scene,” he said. “We’ll see what’s up with that in the future.” (MTV)
Prior to his N.W.A. and Aftermath Records days, Dre went by the rap alias “Dr. J.”
Dre (Andre Young) was born in February 18, 1965, Los Angeles, California. He was raised in Compton, and got his nickname by adoring basketball superstar, Dr. J. (Sing 365)
Last year, fellow hip-hop producer Lil Jon talked about stepping behind the turntables on the road.
“Eventually TVT folded and I got off the label,” Jon explained in an interview. “I got signed to Universal Republic about a year ago and I went back to the studio and started working on the album again and I had a whole new energy, new vibe, from being on the road deejaying and just from taking some time off, clearing my mind. So now I’m done, we’re officially ready. It’s not like, ‘We’re almost done,’ I’m just working on like one or the last two songs but all of my vocals are done except for one song. [It’s still called] Crunk Rock.” (DJ Ekin)
This week, Dre revealed plans to primarily focus his attention on two select Aftermath artists.
“I am never going to give music up,” he said. “Music is like air to me, [music] is like oxygen, so I am always doing that. As soon as I get back to Los Angeles, I am back in the studio doing my thing. I have a couple of new artists that I am excited about, Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster. These are the next two artists, and these are probably my final two artists that I am going to be working with at least for the next couple of years. I am going to devote all my attention to them and make sure their sh*t comes out the way it should be. I am just having fun with life right now!” (Global Grind)
Last year, he said in addition to his forthcoming Detox solo album, there were plans to put together an instrumental LP.
“Oh yeah, that’s in the works,” he said when asked about making an instrumental LP. “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 f*ck it. [Laughs.] 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.” (VIBE)
Check out a past Dr. Dre interview below: