Long-time Dr. Dre associate The D.O.C. has cut his professional ties with the hip-hop vanguard, in light of the fact that his contributions to the upcoming Detox project may not make the final cut.
According to D.O.C., he can no longer contribute to Dre’s forthcoming LP
“I’m saying that I did all I could do for Dre on this particular record. And I don’t even know if any of my work will be there, because he’s got his own ideas about the way he wants it to go. And you gotta respect that. Even though I played the second set of ears on every muthaf*ckin’ thing else, now we at the stage where he don’t really trust what I’m saying. And I gotta respect him. I love him. So I gotta move back and let him do what he doing. And whatever that is, I’m going to respect it and ride wit’ it – whether or not it woulda been something I would of chose.” (Hip Hop DX)
Despite the fact that the two may no longer collaborate, D.O.C. claims he is still on good terms with Dre.
“I love Dre like my brother. There’s nothing that you could do, or he could do really, to take away that feeling. Money isn’t what make – We been through too much; we did too much. I did too much wit’ him to be like, Aw, f*ck him. But, it’s not where it’s supposed to be. It’s not where it’s supposed to be after all of that. It’s not supposed to be like it is today between me and this guy. He’s surrounded himself with people that [agree with] what he’s trying to say today. And I don’t agree with that sh*t, so it’s really no need for me to be around it.” (Hip Hop DX)
D.O.C. is most known for his association with Dre and Snoop Dogg.
After the release of his 1989 debut album, the career of Texas-born rapper the D.O.C. was shattered by a car crash that almost took his life. Although he could no longer rap like he used to, his former producer Dr. Dre featured the rapper on his groundbreaking album The Chronic, which built on the foundation laid by the D.O.C.’s No One Can Do It Better. He was also featured on Snoop Doggy Dogg’s Doggystyle. The D.O.C. returned in early 1996 with Helter Skelter, his first album in nearly seven years. The album received mixed reviews and failed to earn a large audience, leaving the charts a few months after its release. (All Music)
Although a definite Detox release date has not yet been announced, rap star 50 Cent recently defended the album’s increasing hype.
“I think everyone is,” said 50 referring to the project’s anticipation, who inked a deal with Eminem and Dre before releasing his acclaimed debut album. “When you got a producer that has that kind of production track record, you even have to credit both Eminem’s success and my success to Dr. Dre as a producer,” he told MTV News. “My first single off of Get Rich or Die Tryin’ — people constantly tell me it was a classic — was produced by Dr. Dre, ‘In Da Club.’ Without that momentum from that song, I’m not sure they would have taken to ‘P.I.M.P.’ the same way or ’21 Questions’ or any of the other hit records I released following that.” (MTV)
To date, there is no release date for Detox.
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