Dr. Dre Meets L.A. Laker Ron Artest

On Sunday (January 9), Dr. Dre took time off from crafting to Detox to hit the Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The producer-rapper hung out with Interscope head Jimmy Iovine and chatting leisurely with L.A. Laker Ron “I just want to shout out Queens” Artest.

In December, Dr. Dre premiered the video for his first single “Kush” from the long-delayed LP Detox. The clip also features Dre’s protege Snoop Dogg and Akon. The video, directed by Joseph Kahn (Eminem, Britney Spears), begins as Dre is seated in a sleek, black Lamborghini, attempting to flick a lighter. Once the Left Coast maestro ignites it, the beat drops, and he exits the car.

Dre approaches the club in a setting similar to “Tha Next Episode,” one of his past hits. But the festivities around him are ice cold; the club patrons are statue-like, frozen in the parking lot and inside, in mid groove. The good doctor’s last project was 1999′s 2001, and perhaps things haven’t been quite the same without him, the video suggests.

Snoop Dogg kicks things off on the second verse, and the lanky L.A. rhyme spitter is surrounded by a bevy of beautiful, frozen women. They’re smiling, drinks are pouring, but they’re also statues compared to the rapper.

Late last year, a track called “Syllables” featuring Dr. Dre, Eminem and 50 Cent leaked to the web.

“It is not about lyrics anymore,” a sped up Eminem declares at the beginning of the record that also features Ca$his and Stat Quo. “It’s about a hot beat and a catchy hook … If we gotta dumb down our style and ‘A-B-C’ and so be it, ’cause nowadays these kids, geez, don’t give a sheeet ’bout lyrics/ All we know is the chorus because the chorus repeats the same four words for us.”

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