With Dr. Dre recently dishing out plans to possibly go back into deejaying, SOHH reached out to past N.W.A. affiliate/producer Cavie for his take on the Doc’s possible career move.
In his eyes, Cavie feels Dre going back to his roots could strengthen hip-hop.
“That’s actually a good thing,” Cavie told SOHH about Dre going back to deejaying. “As a producer, it keeps your chops up, it keeps your ears fresh, you can really see what people are feeling when you’re out there. There’s no better feeling than when you’re out there. I think I heard Lil Jon say you get that instant gratification. Being on that stage, right there, doing what you really do, it’s not just a beat that you made. You’re out there controlling. You’re controlling the club, you’re feeling that energy because when you play something good, everybody goes crazy. I think Dre, with the type of ear he has, I would love to see that. I’ve seen a lot of celebrities — be really good deejays. [Singer] Macy Gray is a deejay and so they get paid crazy dough and you would never think that. So Dr. Dre getting behind the deejay table would be an interesting event. I don’t know where he would do it at without it being crazy sold out.” (SOHH)
Cavie also denied past claims suggesting Dre went by the deejay name, “Dr. J.”
“I think that would be huge for the state of California too,” Cavie added. “It’s already huge but to know that Dr. Dre is spinning tonight or just being able to go out and see him spin, that would be crazy. Dr. Dre has always been Dr. Dre. He’s never been Dr. J. He’s always been Dr. Dre. He used to deejay at a place called Eve’s After Dark and there was another place in Compton called Skateland USA. These are all of the places he used to deejay at. People used to make fun of him back in the day because he wore makeup but those were during the late 1970’s, early 1980’s where costumes and stuff, people did that. He used to rock stuff back there. He’s definitely been a deejay and doing things for years. Like I said, I would love to see Dre do that. For him even considering it is big and not as a producer but as a deejay. It’s a totally different feeling.” (SOHH)
Last month, Dre hinted at plans to go back into deejaying.
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 allegedly 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)
Growing up in South Compton, Cavie witnessed the genesis of the gangsta rap movement firsthand. At 12 years old Cavie was blessed to be mentored by Eazy-E and DJ Train and had a chance to see legendary artists at their craft. After Eazy showed him the power of music, Cavie quit gangbanging and focused on music full time.
Check out a past Dr. Dre interview below: