Dr. Dre did an interview this summer that is going in a new edition of Esquire. In the interview, Dre explains just how passionate he can be about music. "I’ve gone seventy-nine hours without sleep, creating," Dre said. "When that flow is going, it’s almost like a high. You don’t want it to stop. You don’t want to go to sleep for fear of missing something."
It's good to hear that Dre still has that energy with music. But will it result in the release of the now-mythical Detox album? Perhaps there is some insight to be gleaned from this interview. Talking about what his own music means to him, Dre said, "I don’t even listen to the records after they come out. It’s outlawed in my house. My wife and my kids can’t play any of my music around me. Once it comes out, for me, it’s just business. Numbers."
In the past, Dre has released singles with the intention of gauging receptivity. It appears that songs like "Kush" were not doing the numbers he had hoped for, and so he hasn't bothered to release any additional songs. If this is the type of pressure he has, the album almost seems destined to never come out.
Of course, with the Marshall Mathers LP 2 in stores, Dre was asked about his relationship with Eminem. Dre said:
"The race factor was just a minuscule part of what I was doing with Eminem. It was really about the music and how well we worked together. When me and Marshall got in the studio, it instantly clicked. I put the track on, we had a little bit of idle chitchat, I put on the beat, and maybe five seconds in—I swear to God—he goes, 'Hi, my name is.' That was it. And it’s still clicking. There’s something about our thing that’s just magical."
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