Ah, that Rap myth we call Detox. It’s quite the bigfoot tall tale that’s been told for the past decade. It’s coming out! It gets delayed. A track that’s supposed to be on the album surfaces! The project gets pushed back again. Dr. Dre officially releases a single! Then falls back for years. Detox must be a love-hate relationship for the doctor.
To have this much anticipation, and to not come correct is probably his biggest worry. He’s got two classic albums in the stash already. How could he ever top The Chronic or 2001? It has to be absolutely perfect, at the LEAST.
Many people have given up on Detox, and we must admit, we did too for a bit. That is until we heard “Compton” from Kendrick Lamar’s good kid m.A.A.d city. That’s when it finally hit us: Dr. Dre has been giving out bits and pieces of the album throughout the years & we hardly even noticed. We could essentially make our own Detox right now if we wanted to.
And that’s what we did.
Of course, this isn’t what Detox exactly sounds like, but through various collaborations and production from Dr. Dre over the course of the years, it at least gives us a glimpse of it could sound like. We could have taken it back all 10+ years, but we kept it to the most recent music (about 5 years back). He’s made a strong push the past 3 years or so, making guest appearances on various tracks (especially in 2012) and releasing official Detox singles himself. Don’t forget the two videos he put out in 2011!
So journey with us through a story that’s been told by countless artists that have worked with Dre, including Bishop Lamont, Just Blaze, Stat Quo, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, etc. and has been heard on a slew of albums in year’s past.
If Detox was alive anywhere, it would sound like this.