Words by Roman White
Detox might still have a chance according to a new report. TMZ caught up with the super producer at a Golden State Warriors practice to ask him about the project and if there was a chance it could still happen. “I’m working on a couple songs right now, we’ll see,” responded to questions about the album.
Generations of Dr. Dre affiliated rappers from Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game and Kendrick Lamar have all developed established careers in Hip-Hop without the release of the follow up to the classic album The Chronic 2001. On The Game’s track “Higher” from his debut album The Documentary, Game sets up a line for Dre to say “Look out for Detox.” Kendrick Lamar even released a freestyle in 2010 titled, “Look out for Detox.”
But after years of teasing the project, delays and production on other projects, it seemed as though any work on Detox stalled. The closest we got to the album was a single Dre released in 2011 with Skylar Grey and Eminem titled ‘I need a Doctor.’ The track was nominated for best rap/sung collaboration that year.
Ice Cube once told Sirius XM’s Sway in the Morning that he believed Detox stalled out, because the beatmaker’s Dre Beats headphones were selling like crazy. In 2014, Dr. Dre and Interscope co-founder Jimmy Iovine sold Beats by Dre to Apple in a blockbuster deal worth $3 billion and landed them new jobs at Apple. Iovine recently announced that he will be leaving Apple in August of this year.
Dre and Ice Cube also worked on the N.W.A. movie ‘Straight out of Compton’ together which was around the time Dre announced that there would be no Detox album. Instead, Dre offered the Compton album featuring Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, and Ice cube as well as newer artists Dre was working with like Anderson Paak.
Now, Dre is teasing the possibility of the album re-emerging as Dre seems to be back in the lab working on new projects. Hopefully we’ll get more on this soon.