Producer Swizz Beatz has revealed his contributions to Dr. Dre‘s long-awaited Detox album and promised its 10-year delay will be worth the wait.
Although Swizzy does not know which tracks, if any, will make Dre’s final cut, he is confident on their overall vibe.
“It’s just been a great experience for me, whether they go on the album, whether they don’t go on the album,” Swizz said in an interview. “‘V.I.P. Chillin’,’ I took that one for myself, but I would gladly give it back to him anytime he wants it back…Dre has amazing songs and I think everything is worth the wait. He’s a genius, he’s a legend and it’s just no getting around that…Everybody just gotta chill out and let that man do his thing. He’s a master at what he does, hands down.” (MTV)
Earlier this year, SOHH hit up Just Blaze to find out what has stalled the LP for nearly ten years.
“I think when Dre first started talking about it, he wasn’t ready to do it. From conversations I’ve had with him, when he actually did start working on it, he said to me, “I was doing it before because it was expected and it was because it’s what the fans wanted but I wasn’t necessarily ready to do it. Now I’m ready to go.” I think it may be a situation where he might have mentioned it or put the word out there too early. Sometimes, us creatives types, we do that. We think out loud, we say things we’re planning on doing but may not actually be in the space to do yet, and so you really have to get to that point in order to really give and put the right product out.” (SOHH Guest Star)
SOHH also talked to Detox contributing producer Alex Da Kid about his take on the delay.
“I think a lot of what makes Dr. Dre’s Detox [release so anticipated] is because he’s such a unique producer,” Alex told SOHH. “He doesn’t do things just because he feels like he has to do them. He’s at a point in his career where he can do whatever feels good for him and if he wants to spend 11 years on an album, he can do that…He’s definitely a professor and master at what he does, so I think it’ll definitely live up to the hype. It’s going to mean so much to hip-hop just to get another Dre album, it’s something that we all need. It’s a good reference for where hip-hop is right now. There’s no better person who can tell that story than Dre and that’s a good thing.” (SOHH)
A few weeks ago, Dre and Eminem teased fans with their “Die Hard” Detox collaboration teaser.
Dr. Dre fans can thank boxers Manny Pacquiao and “Sugar” Shane Mosley for the latest jump on sounds from the eternally-delayed Detox album. The latest single from Dre’s own version of Chinese Democracy, entitled “Die Hard,” features Eminem, and premiered on Friday’s episode of “Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley” on Showtime. The 46-year-old rapper/producer’s first announced the Detox LP eight years ago. We’ve heard the album’s first two singles, “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor,” and now “Die Hard” makes three. The track currently features a bunch of boxing commentary interspersed throughout, but we’ll have the official version up shortly for your listening pleasure. (Crave Online)
A release date for the album has not yet been announced.
Check out Just Blaze speaking on Detox below: