In light of super producer Dr. Dre revealing plans to take an extended break from the music grind last month, SOHH previously talked to his “I Need a Doctor” beatmaker Alex Da Kid for his take on a foreseeable, permanent retirement down the road.
Although Alex hopes Dre never hangs up the microphone for good, he does feel the West Coast rap veteran has provided endless amounts of classic music for fans.
“I definitely wish he doesn’t retire,” Alex Da Kid told SOHH, “just because I’m a fan of him rapping. But I get where he’s coming from [with Detox possibly being his last LP]. He’s at a point in his life where he feels like that’s what he wants to do. Who knows what’s going to happen in the future. Jay-Z said he was going to retire about six years ago and he’s at the biggest point in his career right now, so who knows what’s going to happen. I hope he doesn’t retire but at least if he does, he’s gave us so much great work.” (SOHH)
Last month, Dre said his focus was on two Aftermath artists and then an extended break from music.
“These are the next two artists I’m working on, Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar. I think that’s when I’m gonna just wrap it up for a minute because I’ve been working on music for 27 years now and the longest I’ve ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks,” Dr. Dre said in an interview. “So yeah I feel like I’m gonna take a little bit of a break. I’m never gonna stop music, it’s like air to me. So I’mma take a little bit of a break. Enjoy some time with the family til I get that itch to get back in.” (FADER TV)
In October, Slim the Mobster gave SOHH his reaction to being one of two primary Aftermath focuses for the Doc.
“I’ve been knew that,” Slim jokingly told SOHH when informed about Dre’s primary focus on him and Kendrick Lamar. “I knew that months ago. It never changed how I am or who I am. I mean, things change but I’m not trying to change too much. I don’t want it to be as if [Dr. Dre’s pledge] gives me my confidence. Confidence comes from what I do. Despite who I’m with, that’s where my confidence comes from. [Dre’s words are] like a boost, but I never had the vision in my head, ‘Because Dre this, Dre that,’ nah, I still got work to do.” (SOHH)
Last year, Dre said his rapping days were numbered once Detox drops.
“I don’t ever see myself retiring totally from music, because I have a genuine love and passion for it,” he said. “But as far as me going into the mic booth, that sh*t is over. I’m always going to talent scout and try to find new artists to work with. But, yeah, that’s it. I don’t see myself doing it the way I’m doing it now. I’m in the studio at least five or six days a week for 16, 18 hours. I think I’m going to back off a little bit and spend some time with the family.” (XXL Mag)
As of now, there is no confirmed Detox release date.
Check out the “I Need a Doctor” music video below: