Power 106’s Big Boy scored a rare interview with Dr. Dre, who has been holed up in the studio finishing his oft-delayed Detox. The elusive rapper-producer spoke about his new buzz single “Kush,” plans for Detox‘s release next year, and which rappers he’s listening to these days. Among the highlights…
On the status of Detox… “I see the finish line right now. I’m wrapping it up. I need about two or three more songs and hopefully I’ll start the mixing process at the end of next month. And from that point I’m about 30 days out.”
On why Detox took so long… “I felt like I was doing it more out of obligation as opposed to just really feeling it. As of last year, I’ve been really feeling where it’s going and I think I’m ready. Hopefully, I won’t disappoint.”
On “Kush,” the leaked single from Detox, featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon… “There was a version of it that leaked that I wasn’t really happy about, so we’re gonna go on and push it and put it out because everybody seems to like it. I just thought that the content of it, it’s about weed smoking, and I don’t want people to think that that’s what my album is about. This is actually the only song with that type of content in it. It’s not a representation of what the album is.”
On his plans for Detox… “We plan on doing maybe about six videos and we’ve been talking about touring. I’m not positive about that, but I definitely want to do it.”
On the state of hip-hop… “It’s aight. There are a lot of artists that I like, I love Wayne, I love Drake, I love the new artist J. Cole. There’s some new brothers coming out on my record, SLim the Mobster, he’s out of South Central. I think it could be better and hopefully I can do my part to assist in that.”
Listen to the full interview below.