SOHH has learned West Coast producer Dr. Dre recruited Diddy hitmaker Rico Love to help contribute to the upcoming Detox album.
Speaking with SOHH, Love discussed his association with the long-awaited project and shared his personal reaction to hearing Detox.
“Yeah, I’m working on a few records with him on Detox,” Rico revealed to SOHH. “We got in last week in LA and we’re gonna be doing some more in the near future but I will tell you this. He played me some stuff that I was bugging over, I was like, ‘This album is ready to go right now! You don’t even need me here!'” Everybody [who has heard the album] is saying the same thing because it’s all true. Dre has some music that you would be like, ‘Why don’t you just put this out?’ But like [I’ve] said, we can’t get into the brains of these guys. They believe their music should have a certain standard beyond what other artists are thinking.” (SOHH)
Diddy’s “Hello, Good Morning” hitmaker also explained how he developed a working relationship with the Doc.
“I had a relationship with [Interscope Records Chairman] Jimmy Iovine and I’ve been knowing him for a few years now and I was on his radar a few years ago,” Rico added. “With success, when you start getting successful, it’s kinda like, this industry is like a big high school. I feel like I’m a part of that sophomore class, one of the kids that’s playing varsity and I got a little popularity. So I got the call, met up in the studio, did a few songs and after that, we just kept [in touch]. He reached out to me and sometimes it’s not always a direct connect, but somebody hears your name so much after doing so many successful things that they get interested.” (SOHH)
R&B singer Lloyd recently opened up about getting a sneak peek listen to Detox.
“He played me a lot of the Detox album, which is incredible — it sounds like, history,” Lloyd revealed in an interview. “It’s classic, it’s epic, it’s like L.A., stand up, it’s like West Coast. You know, I’m from the South so for me to hear Dr. Dre’s music and, I don’t know, this guy’s, he’s a legend and he’s not the youngest guy in the game so for him to still have the youth by the balls and be able to come out with stuff that is constantly changing music in the horizon, I think that that’s incredible. And it felt like magic.” (Rap-Up)
In July, Dre blamed his work on other artists’ projects for the Detox delay.
“It hasn’t been a consistent thing with me,” Dre revealed in an interview. “I’d be working on it, stop, do a couple of other albums, like for example, I was working on the record and had to stop and work with Eminem for like five or six months, get back in to it and in-between there’s been Game and 50 [Cent] and some of the artists like that I had to stop and work on. So it’s been taking a long time but it hasn’t been continuous work on that project so that’s one of the reasons why it’s been taking a long time but I’m in it right now, I feel it right now. Before this year, I felt I was doing it more out of obligation but right now, as in the end of last year, I really feel it. It’s coming out of me and it’s coming out of my heart and it’ll definitely be out this year — I’m just trying to give everybody what they want and not give them this new word I came up with, it’s called ‘anticippointment.'” (All Hip Hop)
A release date for Detox has not yet been revealed.
Check out Dr. Dre speaking on his delayed album below: