Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Lil Wayne has 'Like 90' unreleased songs with Dre

'You just never know which one he gonna put out,' Weezy tells MTV News of his unheard collaborations with Dr. Dre.


Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre already have a hot collaboration cooking with Weezy's special fire-red Beats By Dre headphones, but when will we actually hear some music from the two? Tunechi's not exactly sure, but he knows that he and Dre have recorded close to 100 tracks through the years.
"I've always worked with Dre," Wayne told MTV News on Thursday on his tour bus in Las Vegas. "I'm not sure if you guys know how Dre works, Dre always send you a song, so I done probably did like 90 songs for Dre. You just never know which one he gonna put out."

There's always the long-awaited Detox, but when the Good Doctor will drop his third official LP, only he knows. Weezy is readying the release of his 10th solo album I Am Not a Human Being II for December, but don't expect the D-R-E to make a contribution to that project either. When MTV News asked the YMCMB boss who contributed to the LP, he rattled off a list of names that included Cool & Dre, Streetrunner and Juicy J, but no Dre.

Another mega-producer, Kanye West, will play a large role in Human Being II, according to Wayne. "Yeah he got some music on there," he said. "It's crazy, actually I don't want to give too much up but he's got a big hand in the album, you'll see."

As far as The Chronic producer, Tune is ready to jump into the studio with him at the drop of a dime. "I'll always be up to work with Dre, it's always cool with him," he said. "As far as the headphones, I'm super-excited about that collaboration, I couldn't be more excited."

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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Kendrick Lamar: Dre delayed Detox for good kid, m.A.A.d city

50 Cent has already explained his views on Dr. Dre’s long delayed ‘Detox’ saying that the Good Doctor may have lost interesting in the project, but now Kendrick Lamar has taken the blame for the album’s push back. According to Lamar, Dre has simply been focused on his recently released ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city.’ Lamar explained that Dre immediately took an interest in his music before adding that the ‘Detox’ includes some incredible tracks. “‘Detox’ got pushed to the back just because my album, Dre really found interest in my music. Wanted me to go forward and push that immediately. That’s a great thing. I’ve heard the records on ‘Detox,’ they’re insane, and the opportunity to be on that is a privilege and an honor,” Lamar told

50 Cent previously revealed that he didn’t think Dre was devoted to finishing off ‘Detox’ and suggested that the album could be released as an EP. “I don’t know if [Dr. Dre]‘s even excited to do [‘Detox] now. He’s successful with Jimmy [Iovine] with Beats [Headphones], so I’m not sure if he’s pressed [to release it]. I know that when I did [see him] last when I was in Los Angeles, he was actually in the studio working on something else,” said Fif.

Lamar, however, added that with the release of his album he’ll have a chance to relax and told the Puna what he’s planning for his visit to Holland, “I’m going to get in some sight-seeing, didn’t get to sight-see that much last time,” said Lamar.

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Kendrick Lamar, Dr Dre & Andre 3000 Hit The Studio

Kendrick Lamar previews his song "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe" for Dr. Dre and Andre 3000. Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Andre 3000 recently hit the studio to preview a few cuts off of K. Dot's upcoming debut good kid, m.A.A.d city, releasing October 22nd. In the footage, Kendrick leans against a studio mixing board next to Three Stacks and the Doc, rocking out to the album's second track "Bitch, Don't Kill My Vibe." At the end of the song, the Outkast member turns to Lamar and says, "Excellent."

Kendrick Lamar, Dre & Game Perform @ L.A.’s Club Nokia (Videos)

West Coast rapper and hip-hop superstar Kendrick Lamar gives fans of the BET ‘Music matters Tour’ a little surprise with a few guest performances.  He brought out Dr. Dre, Game, T.I., and G.O.O.D. Music’s Big Sean.  He performed some of his hit songs ‘Recipe’, ‘Compton’ and many more.  The best part of all is that there is footage available for you to watch for yourself.

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Detox may only appear as EP, says 50 Cent

The most eagerly awaited album in hip-hop history might, according to Fiddy, only materialise as five or six songs

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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Monday, 8 October 2012

Dr Dre Presents Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city Trailer (video)

After bringing you artist like Eminem, 50 Cent and Game. Dr.Dre introduces the world to the future of Aftermath Records, Kendrick Lamar. Dr.Dre has been involved in the careers of some of the biggest Hip Hop artist to date. Kendrick should be no different! good kid, m.A.A.d city will be available October 22nd. Via FreeOnSmash.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Kendrick Lamar states Detox is done

Dre's third solo album, Detox, is practically a myth-in-process at this point. Updates on the record have been announced sparsely over the past few years, but now a new voice has shared his opinion on Dre's long-awaited project. Appearing on Power 105.1's

The Breakfast Club, new protege of the legendary West Coast producerKendrick Lamar said he believes that Detox is finished."Me personally, I think it's done," he said. "I think it's been done -- just from the records I heard. But Dre, he want to give it you when the world feel like they rightfully deserve it." He also announced that he "did some work" for the album.In the interview,

Kendrick also discussed in detail his upcoming debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d. city (out Oct. 22), addressed rumors that he is "smashing" Lady Gaga, contemplated what we would have done in the recent BET Hip-Hop Awards brawl and plenty more. Watch it below.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Just Blaze talks Dre's Detox and creating Kendrick Lamar's "Compton"

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Just Blaze is sitting in a studio at Stadium Red, the Harlem-based facility that now serves as his home base for recording. For more than a decade, the producer and DJ has been responsible for some of hip hop's biggest anthems, including Jay-Z's "Public Service Announcement," Kanye West's "Touch the Sky" and Fabolous' "Breathe" (among many others).

The producer hit another career high with the release of Kendrick Lamar and Dr. Dre's "Compton," a booming, soulful track set for release on Lamar's upcoming debut good kid, m.A.A.d. city. We caught up with the producer to discuss the song's origins, why he never hypes up unconfirmed projects and, fine, the status of Dr. Dre's absurdly anticipated Detox.

How was “Compton” conceived?

It was something that we were originally working on for Detox. I came up with the record; we all collectively came up with the concept. We wrote some reference rhymes; I wrote a bit of a reference hook and then Sly [Jordan, one of Dre’s writers] added on to that. The sample was by a group called the Choice 4. I don’t remember the name of the song, but most of “Compton” is live. Even with live instrumentation, I try to make the songs fit within the context of the sample, so it doesn’t sound like keys on top of a sample. It’s one collective body of work. This was three years ago, so as for Kendrick, he wasn’t even in the picture then.

So Dre was supposed to rhyme over the whole track?

Yeah. There were a couple of other artists who were also on the record. The way Dre works, he’s like a puzzle master, so he’ll take bits and pieces from one song, bits and pieces from another song; try different artists out on different records to feature. And the end result may be nothing like what you heard when he first started. So this record in its first incarnation was still about “Compton” but there were other artists on it. That went through a few different changes and in the end, he was just like, “Yo, I just want it to be me and Kendrick.”

What do you think it is about Kendrick that’s connected with so many people?

His lyricism and rhyme patterns are very unorthodox. He’s seen a lot in a short life and the way he delivers his experiences, you believe it. It’s incredible. And there are some things that just aren’t tangible; some people just have that magnetism that people gravitate towards. Whatever that is, he’s got it.

Can we do the inevitable “Detox update” question?

I’ve heard like 200 songs that were possible candidates, but good enough to come out. Last I spoke with Dre, he was like, “Yo, I want to do one more record and I’m done.” But I always tell people... [pauses]. Let me put it to you like this: An album comes out these days, you have to price it competitively. Detox: a lot of hype; Jimmy [Iovine] and Dre know how to sell records, so let’s say they sell 3 or 4 million records at $10 a pop. That’s $30 million. Or you come out with some headphones that sell for $300 - $400 each. You sell, say, 5 million pairs of those. That’s $150 million. That’s just the big ones. Then you have the solos. Different price point and audience. Say they sell for $100 each and you sell 5 million of those. You just made another $500 million.

Then HP comes along and says, “We want to license your Beats brand on our computers.” Who knows what they got for that? And then you turn around and HTC wants to incorporate Beats technology into all their phones. Then they turn around and say they want to buy a $300 million stake in the company. We’ve already just added up roughly over $1 billion dollars. Off of some headphones. If you were a smart businessman, would you put your energy into generating $1 billion or an album that may sell $30 million?

But at a certain point, his artistic side has to say, “Everyone's been waiting so long to get something out,” right?

I get that. I know to a certain degree, that’s where Dre’s head is at too. He’s expressed to me that he wants to get it out. But again, you want a billion or you want 30 million? That’s just my take on it.

So are we going to see the Just Blaze headphones?

Ya know. I’d like a billion dollars [smiles]. We’re actually working on some branding through the studio; there was a possibility for some branded technology. We’re exploring the options right now.

Would you ever do a Just Blaze album?

You’ve heard it already. Take all the records I’ve ever done, put it in your iTunes, make a playlist and now you got it. From a business standpoint, with rare exceptions, traditionally, those things don’t sell. The amount of time that I would take to do something like that and dedicate to that would take away from other ventures and things that I could be doing. Don’t get me wrong: there’s something to be said for passion projects, but at the same time, historically those things don’t do well.

What’s interesting about you is that you’re a perpetual presence on social media, but always remain cagey on future projects.

Some guys I’m friends with have the access to all their fans now and sometimes, they overhype things to the point where the expectations are so high – or they’ll say they’re doing a record with somebody and due to label politics, it can’t come out. I don’t want to say anything that’s going to have people start to speculate and anticipate and then it comes out late or not at all. By letting people know that certain things exist, the seed has been planted from the minute they hear that. And then it comes out and it’s never as good as you want it to be because you have this grand scheme in your head that when you put in the CD or download it from iTunes, that you’re going to hear Jesus. It can’t happen.

Going back to “Compton,” how much did the original version change from the final?

I did the first version of the mix here [at Stadium Red] and I didn’t like the way it ended. It just kind of ended. So I broke out the vocoder and gave it that whole nice synthy ending.  Dre wanted to make a few changes, so I sent my mixes to him and he tweaked it a bit further, which he nailed for the most part. The only thing I’m slightly…I wouldn't say unhappy with, but they changed a few levels on the ending. I don’t think it was even intentional. Normally, when I mix, I’m hands-on until it’s done. I was traveling at the time and when they decided they 100% wanted to use it for the album, there was no way I could be at the mix so I had to send it out to Dre for him to do what he had to do. I’m toying with the idea—since they’ve given it out for free—of releasing a tweaked version of the ending. Maybe even an extended version with more vocoder or talkbox. I still love it, though; it’s just the perfectionist in me.

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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Kendrick Lamar feat Dr Dre 'Compton'

From that XXL cover that tries to claim that Dr. Dre is responsible for Kendrick Lamar which just isn't true, to Snoop and Dre pulling him up at Coachella to rap on the same hallowed ground as the Tupac hologram, and now, "Compton," the second single from the upcoming good kid, m.A.A.d city to feature the aging-out mega-producer, this Dre connection is really getting a push, isn't it? Industry types seem to have it stuck in their heads that the West Coast production legend can still grab people's ears.

Not even his production chops, mind you, just Dr. Dre's presence, because "Compton" was produced by Just Blaze, and "The Recipe" by Scoop DeVille. Dre's here to add some starpower that I'm not so sure he even exudes much anymore. But to old dudes who run radio and the marketing mooks who serve them, the D.R.E.'s involvement still holds a lot of weight. Plus, Dr. Dre may be getting more out of this than Kendrick Lamar, and at the very least, it's a mutually beneficial relationship, which speaks to our current era of reverse co-signs, in which veterans pop up to rep some youngster (who doesn't need to be repped) and glom off some of their fresh-faced buzz. That's got to be a new strain of Retromania, right? Well, hopefully, Kendrick can at least pull Dre out of his mad genius O.C.D. stupor and release something!

Unlike "The Recipe," which felt underwhelming on purpose, "Compton," is a suspenseful single that has no time to relax and ride-out. It finds Kendrick refusing to hedge his rapping for the expectations of radio, marching straight into the song and sounding genuinely hungry: "This is king Kendrick Lamar / King Kendrick and I meant it, my point intended is raw / Fix your lenses, forensics would've told you Kendrick had killed it / Pretend it's a massacre and the masses upon us / And I mastered being the master and dodging your honor." Kendrick sounds confident, here. Like, he's ready to stand in front of everybody and puff his chest out.

Contrast “Compton” with the album's previously released songs "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "The Art of Peer Pressure," where Kendrick climbed inside of his head and asked everyone to come with him, and the latest single's immediacy is clear. "Swimming Pools" and "Peer Pressure" worked best as bugged-out P.S.A raps in the mode of J. Cole's I'm-a-nice-guy-anti-charm and Drake's I'm-oh-so-conflicted smarm. "Compton" is radio-single breezy yet boastful, and it still affords Kendrick the chance to dole out some of his rarefied kind of lyricism. Detailing the socio-poltical roots of his hometown's brand of hip-hop, he raps: “We can all harvest the rap artists of NWA / America target our rap market, it's controversy and hate / Harsh reality we're in, made our music translate.” That's a fairly cogent explanation of hip-hop's social importance even when it's tagged "gangsta rap," and coming from a guy who scans as positive to most listeners, it holds some additional weight.

This beat is, apparently, three years old according to producer Just Blaze's Twitter, and you can hear the seams a little bit on that "California Love"-tribute coda, presumably added more recently. But it's an effective production and sits comfortably with recent Just Blaze projects like Drake's "Lord Knows" and XV's "Wichita." Lately, the Just Blaze beats making it out to the public seem to be tapping into the Mike Will Made It world of foggy filters and druggy effects. He's coating his early 2000s-style throwback bangers with flanger and Auto-Tune, giving them a sheen that smooths out their soul-sample grit and better fits them into radio rap's current edge-less style of beatmaking.

Thanks to the just-released tracklist for good kid, m.A.A.d city, we know that "Compton" is the final song on the album — not counting bonus tracks, of course. It certainly sounds like an album-ending statement. And It also feels a little frustrating to even hear this song out of its album context. Dropping the last song as a single is a bit like teasing an upcoming movie with the final reel, you know? Perhaps, this is just more evidence that the appeal of the album as a sequence of songs that creates a quasi-narrative is non-existent for most. It also has me hyped to hear the album, if only to see how each piece builds to this just-grandiose-enough tribute to Compton.

Oh yeah: Look at that tracklist! None of those why-is-this-here? Colin Munroe guest spots like on Section#80; no Lady Gaga appearance, which really did seem inevitable one month ago; and MC Eiht is on this thing! There is little chance of Kendrick morphing into B.o.B, as I feared a few weeks ago. In other words, I'm preparing to put my foot in my mouth for all the Kendrick-doubting I've displayed over the past few months.

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