Dr Dre's Detox might only be an EP. According to a recent interview with 50 Cent, the most anticipated album in hip-hop could end up as no more than "five or six songs".
"I don't know if he's even excited to do it now," 50 Cent said in an interview in Paris. "He's successful with Jimmy [Iovine] with Beats [headphones] ? I'm not sure if he's going to actually release a full CD or if he wants to just release the music that he's comfortable with. He might do an EP or something like that ? five or six songs."
Dre's third solo album has been in development for more than a decade: its initial release date was in 2003. Over the years, the laundry list of collaborators has grown longer and longer, from blue-chip rappers such as Eminem, Jay-Z, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg to current kingpins including Rick Ross and Kendrick Lamar. "I see the finish line right now," Dre said in 2010. "I'm wrapping it up." But two years later, there's still no sign of the record Dre has described as his last.
As 50 Cent indicated, Detox's biggest obstacle seems to be the success of Dre's line of headphones, Beats. "Them headphones are selling, selling, selling," Ice Cube observed in March. "What would you rather sell somebody: $300 headphones or a $10 tape?"
There may be another reason for Dre's slow pace: his project The Planets. Enamoured with astronomy, the legendary producer is allegedly working on an instrumental album based on the "personality" of each celestial body. "When I did [see Dre] last, when I was in Los Angeles," 50 Cent revealed this week, "he was actually in the studio working on something else." Maybe Detox got hit by an asteroid.
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