For hip-hop enthusiasts, 2010 was the year in which the imminent release of Dr. Dre’s long-awaited Detox album finally started to seem like a reality. Originally set to hit stores in 2004, Dre’s supposedly final album was repeatedly delayed for a number of reasons, not least because of his obsessive perfectionism and his commitment to producing other artists. But in late 2010, two tracks from the album appeared online: “I Need a Doctor” featuring Eminem and “Kush” featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon (check out its official video here). Just before the holidays, we were lucky enough to get on the phone with Snoop, and we asked him what he knows about Detox, now scheduled for a February release.
Below, Snoop talks about his mentor’s secrecy and how much of the album he’s actually heard.
That nigga don’t play that shit for me. He’s not gonna be playin’ it from top to bottom. If anything, he’s gonna play what he wants me to get on, and he’s gonna play me a couple songs he feels comfortable about, but Dr. Dre is very secretive. He don’t just play his shit like the average hip-hop artist, when you come to sessions and they play you their whole album and ask you how you feel about it. He ain’t like that. He may play one or two songs from his album, and he’ll be workin’ on the songs so you can’t get a grip on what he’s doin’, but you understand whatever he’s doin’ he’s gonna be great at it.
So yeah, he knows just about as much as you do.