Tuesday, February 24, 2009


Wait… is this for real? A new Dr. Dre song on the radio? I know how you feel. It’s that awkward feeling that is somewhere in between excited and afraid. Is “Topless” the first single off Dr. Dre’s mythical ‘Detox’ album? I’m not really sure, at all, but this does give me hope that our wait for Detox (eight years and counting) will be a lot shorter than the wait for Wahu’s album.
Or maybe I’m getting ahead of myself... when he introduced the track to the world, DJ Envy from New York’s Hot97 mentioned Nas first. Could this be off one of his new projects? Or what about T.I.? It is my understanding that he is planning to release one of those deluxe edition things for his latest album ‘Paper Trail.’ I guess he needs the cash flowing while he’s in the big house. Also, did anyone actually hear Dr. Dre rapping? I must have missed it… Let the speculation begin.

Eh, Yo! Dr. Dre…Are You Like A Real Doctor Dude?
For those of you who don’t know, Dr Dre (Andre Romelle Young) is probably the most celebrated producer in the history of hip hop. He’s produced hits for his original O.G. group NWA and music superstars like Snoop Dogg, Tupac, Eminem, Gwen Stefani, Mary J Blidge, Missy Eliot, Justin Timberlake & 50 Cent just to mention a few. To give you a clearer understanding of just how successful Dr. Dre is as a music producer, simply remember the line out off his single ‘Forgot About Dre’ (Chronic 2000)… “when your album sales weren’t doin’ too good/who’s the doctor they told you to go see?” Dr. Dre has got the Midas touch, produced multi-million selling albums and won Grammy Awards to boot! In a nutshell, if you hear a dope hip hop beat, Dre’s probably the one behind the boards.

Perhaps the most endearing trait of this hip hop enigma is his ability to produce hip hop classics for himself (unlike P Diddy-and I ain’t hatin’ or anything). Dr. Dre has produced two of the greatest hip hop albums for himself; The Chronic and Chronic 2000. Dr. Dre is also famous for never rushing the production of his albums. The Chronic was produced in 1991, while Chronic 2000 was actually released in 2001 (do I detect a 10-year cycle here?). While the possibility of his 3rd and final album DETOX being released in 2011 is unlikely, rumour has it that the album will drop this year. Already, two singles off the Detox album, ‘Could’ve Been You’ and ‘Topless’, have been leaked online. Though Dr. Dre has refused to give details as to Detox’ release date, music lovers worldwide can only salivate and wait in anticipation for what will no doubt be another classic from hip hop’s head surgeon.
Mojo Sojo

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