Wu-Tang Clan‘s Raekwon recently spoke on Dr. Dre and the revolving door at Aftermath records that has failed to retain some artists, including Rakim, Eve and Busta Rhymes.
Defending the Doc, Rae said Dre’s work ethic has tended to outweigh his artists’ needs.
“I think it’s the fact that he probably got a lot of things on his plate at the time [these projects were coming together],” Rae explained in an interview. “When you dealing with certain dudes, you gotta understand that you know, everybody want the time that they can get from [the] man, and if they can’t get it it’s kinda like it ain’t fair. My thing was, if you’re not gonna be on top of this project the way I’ma be on top of it, then what good is trying to be a [business] partner to you? If anything I’d rather come in and just get a heatrock from you and keep it moving. I think that’s probably the problem [others had]. It ain’t nothing to sh*t on Dre about, but a lot of dudes have said that he’s been very difficult to catch because he got so much work. And when you think of a 300-400 million dollar n*gga, you gotta respect that that’s how it be sometimes. It’s all good. Maybe the time [wasn’t] right for that. It may happen in the future.” (Hip Hop DX)
Former Aftermath rapper Eve previously spoke about her unreleased debut on the label.
“The decision was to have Dre start off the album, but Dre is kinda busy,” she said in a 2007 interview. “Swizz [Beatz] is my brother. He knows how to work with me. What was supposed to happen…We decided he might as well be one of the executive producers…Dre likes when projects are done when you come to him. He’d rather it that way, so it’s cool.” (MTV)
Busta, who released The Big Bang via Dre’s label, recently parted ways but detailed his positive relationship with the producer since his depature.
“Me and Dre are still good,” Busta told DJ Envy on his “The People’s Choice” radio show. “So even though I’m not in business with Aftermath or Interscope, I’m still with Aftermath. Me and Dre are always gonna be good…Big up to Interscope for, you know, giving me the leaked joints and the set-ups.” (Hot 97)
Aside from producing, Dre has been trying to release his long-awaited Detox project.
“We only tried to put [Eminem] out this year to replace Dr. Dre, but we got into a quagmire,” Interscope head Jimmy Iovine said in an interview last November. “Eminem was always coming next year. But what happened was, I lost Dr. Dre to Eminem. Dre had to stop making his album to finish Eminem’s album. Eminem hit a streak, and when a guy like Eminem gets on fire, you stop everything. That’s how we lost Dre. Dre’s going back in in January. He’ll be finished with Eminem by then, and he’ll finish his album.” (Billboard)