After years of working on his long-awaited album Detox, Dr. Dre is the epitome of a perfectionist. In addition to some rumored collaborations, the super-producer, who is set to drop the LP early next year, has been logging studio sessions with the industry's newest hitmaker, Alex Da Kid.
When MTV News caught up with the British producer at the American Music Awards on Sunday, he revealed that the duo were introduced through Eminem, who worked with Kid on the Rihanna-assisted "Love the Way You Lie."
When asked about Dre's forthcoming project, the producer remained tight-lipped, joking, "I'm not allowed to say too much because I will get shot and killed. They have snipers on the rooftop as we speak."
Despite working with Em, Rihanna and other music staples, Kid admitted that the biggest challenge when working with the West Coast icon was overcoming his "fear of getting in the studio with such a perfectionist."
Once the duo met, Kid said his anxiety melted away. "He's been working at this for 11 years, but once you get over that, he's like the nicest guy ever. I can't describe how nice he is," he said, adding, "He just makes you feel comfortable and easy."
As a newcomer within the industry, the 27-year-old music mind said Dre's secret to success boils down to his work ethic. "I think, basically, he works harder than everybody I know," he said. "He's constantly just working. I think that's what it takes to be successful in anything, not just producing."
Detox may not be out until early next year, but fans have already gotten a taste of Dre's Alex Da Kid-produced material, including "I Need a Doctor." The track, which features Eminem, hit the Internet last Wednesday. The collabo coincidentally finds Slim Shady giving Dre a musical reality check about his perfectionist goals.