Just Kidding! ‘Detox’ Not Dropping on 4/20

It takes a brave blogger to combine the words “Dr. Dre,” “Detox,” and “release date” in a headline. So for those of you who contributed to yesterday’s rumor that Dre’s long-awaited album would arrive on 4/20 by adding a question mark to your tweets, hats off to you. Detox will not be released on April 20. How did the confusion get started in the first place? Producer Just Blaze posted a short Twitvid on Monday in which Dre hinted that Detox (or, in fairness, some other project that his fans have been waiting on for over 10 years) would “come” on 4/20. During the video, Just Blaze also told fans they could expect to see a real live unicorn this year…and it turns out the man had a point.

Congratulations to those who placed their bets on the unicorn, because a rep from Dre’s camp has confirmed to MTV that the West Coast producer was not referring to Detox in the viral video. While an April 20 release would be a great cause for celebration for potheads everywhere, the date is as arbitrary and misleading as everything else about the album to date. Detox has still not been pegged with an official release date. Now fans are left to wonder what mystery project will, or mostly likely will not, arrive on 4/20.

Snoop Dogg Knows as Much About ‘Detox’ as You Do

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.

Watch Dr. Dre’s ‘Kush’ Music Video

For a while there, everyone doubted that this day would ever come, but if seeing is believing – ladies and gentleman here is proof that the release of Dr. Dre’s Detox is imminent. The video for the first single from Dre’s mythical album has finally arrived. When “Kush” leaked last month (to Dre’s dismay) the legendary Cali producer/rapper confirmed that he was going to run with it as an official single. And sure enough, visuals for the Snoop Dog and Akon-assisted track hit the web today. Don’t expect anything groundbreaking here – girls, money, and general stuntin’ – just be happy to know that somewhere, there’s a full album to accompany this track.

Two New Tracks Leak From Dr. Dre’s Detox Album

It’s difficult to write about Dr. Dre’s Detox album without sounding like some sappy, sentimental, musically-deprived hip-hop fan, but it’s not often that you can describe an album as being “almost a decade in the making” when you’re talking about a genre that began to blossom in the 80s. This year, the first concrete evidence that Detox still exists, even conceptually, came in June with the leak of the Jay-Z featured track “Under Pressure,” which quickly prompted Dre to run some damage control. He confirmed that the track was unfinished and would not appear on Detox, before promising to release an official single within a few weeks. That never happened. And clearly, no one has any patience left for Dre’s timeline, because yet another song has leaked, finally forcing him to push it as an official single.

The Snoop Dogg and Akon-featured “Kush” has received a much warmer reception than “Under Pressure,” but this time, Dre released a disclaimer about the song’s content. “I don’t want people to think that that’s what my album is about,” he explained in an interview with Los Angeles’ Power 106 radio station. “This is actually the only song with that type of content in it. It’s not a representation of what the album is.”

So, we shouldn’t be expecting The Chronic Part II, but what can we expect? “I see the finish line right now. I’m wrapping it up,” Dre continued. “I need about two or three more songs and hopefully I’ll start the mixing process at the end of next month. From that point I’m about 30 days out.” Fingers are crossed, but this feels a little bit like déjà vu. We’ll check back in six months, and in the meantime, here are a few rumored Dr. Dre collaborations that we can look forward to, in case Detox doesn’t surface until next winter.

Eminem: In addition to “Kush,” a new Dre and Shady collabo, “I Need a Doctor,” also hit the web today. The duo have tag-teamed numerous hits on their respective albums, and last month, during a Shade 45 interview, Em sparked some excitement when he revealed that he was back in the lab with Dre. There will be more where this came from – independently of Detox, if we’re lucky.

J.Cole: Jay-Z’s protégé dropped his Friday Night Lights mixtape last week (in anticipation of his Roc Nation debut) and then confirmed that he’s been cooking up some magic with Dre. He declined to spill the details – “I did some work with Dr. Dre, without going any further than that” – but we already have the chills.

Dipset: Camron, Julez, and Jim Jones finally ended their feud and pieced the Harlem crew back together this summer. Their new album is due out in 2011, and a few snapshots have appeared of them in the studio with the West Coast producer. Look out for Jim Jones dropping some ad-libs over a Dre beat.

Justin Bieber: Just kidding. But, seriously – the tween pop star did score some studio time with Dre back in July, and if a Dre and Bieber collaboration were to leak before Detox, or any music from the preceding artists, things could get ugly.

Imagine the value increase in Beats By Dr. Dre Headphones if they were accompanied by some actual Dre beats.