Detox Uncertainty Swirls Despite Hint of 4/20 Release

Posted: January 28, 2011 by rchristie26 in Uncategorized

The speculations concerning world famous rapper/producer Dr. Dre’s upcoming album, “Detox” continue to swirl to spite the recent rumors of an April 20th release. Having been in the works since the early 2000’s, this would not be the album’s first supposed release date, however in the past months Dr. Dre has recently been making strong references to the album’s debut in the near future. Dre has stated that the album is taking so long because he is waiting for it to be perfect, and it is rumored that Dre is choosing a track-list from over 400 songs recorded in collaboration with all of the biggest and most talented names in hip hop (artists such as Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Lil Wayne)

Speculation over the album runs so high because Dre has announced that this will be his final album, and many feel the album will be a finale of one of hip hop’s greatest eras, an era that Dre represents. At 45, Dr Dre has been involved in rap for the last two decades. From his early career with N.W.A, to his solo albums: “2001” and “The Chronic,” to his storied producing career as the C.E.O. of Aftermath Records (he is also well noted for finding and jumpstarting the career of rap legend Eminem, and is widely heralded as the greatest producer in rap) Dre has taken a strangle hold on hip hop and has refused to let go. However, with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Jay-Z well over 40, with Eminem and 50 cent fast approaching, it seems that “Detox” could be a gathering of hip hop’s elite for one final record, a showcase of hip hop at its finest, before they each say their respective goodbyes.

Recently, many of the aforementioned artists have been heard complaining about the quality of new rap today, with one of their main problems being that new artists don’t rely on clever wordplay and wit but rather on a catchy chorus and beat, like dance music does. This is made evident by the recent track “Syllables,” which features all of the aforementioned artists (minus Snoop Dogg), and is an attack on those artists who practice this new type of pop rap.

While Dr. Dre gives no official word, many hip hop fans believe that the 4/20 release date would just feel right. With the title of a former album being “The Chronic,” and having referenced marijuana heavily throughout his career, the release of his final album on National Weed Day might just be the setting for the grand finale of a Golden Era of hip hop.

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