Producer DJ Khalil recently opened up about his relationship with Dr. Dre and revealed a few things the hip-hop community may not know about the Doc.
Khalil believes Dre’s image may be intimidating to people outside of his circle.
“I don’t think people understand how unbelievably humble he is. To be on his level and to be an icon, he’s one of the most humble people I’ve ever met in the music business. He’s confident in what he does, but he’s not arrogant. He’s very humble, very approachable. People can be intimidated by him because of his track record, what he’s done up to this point and the music he makes. But at the end of the day, Dre is a fan of music, he’s a creative person, and he’s open to things. I’ve seen him play classical music on the piano.” (Hip Hop DX)
He also added that Dre is a music fanatic and puts his life into the business.
“He’s really a student, and once he dedicates himself to something, he goes all out. He’s taken piano lessons for years. People don’t understand how much work he puts in. And he remains humble. He’s a humble, good person. And people on that level can’t even stay that way, but for him to be through all that he’s been through and to still be in a place where he’s approachable and open to things and a fan of music, and a fan of creative people and the creative process, it’s really incredible to work with him. That’s probably the biggest thing, he’s a very humble person.” (Hip Hop DX)
Last January, Dipset’s Jim Jones revealed Dre’s obsession with perfection.
“He definitely made me rap my verse like 33 times,” Jones told us this past week about working with the good doctor. “It was cool. It was a great experience.” Cam’ron also experienced Dre’s penchant for perfectionism: “He made me get out and do my verse over,” he recalled. “He’s real intricate. Basically, he was like, ‘I want this kind of flow,’ and he’ll mumble it out,” the slick-witted MC continued, explaining the process. “It was like, ‘Yo, go do that again; it’s terrible.'” (MTV)
When recently asked about Dre’s Detox delay, contributing producer Alex Da Kid told SOHH the Doc works at his own speed.
“Dre is probably one of the only few people who can actually put an album out when he feels it’s 100 percent ready. Everybody else has to worry about dates and release schedules and he can drop it whenever he wants. [Also], you will have the album that he truly wants you to hear and not necessarily what the record label wants.” (SOHH)
Check out a recent Dr. Dre interview down below: