Super producer Just Blaze hit the MTV “RapFix Live” couch on Wednesday (May11) and one of the many topics discussed (working with Jay-Z, beef with Cam’Ron, etc.) was Dr. Dre’s long-delayed but still highly anticipated Detox album. Just has long been attached to Detox as one of its contributors on beats, and he revealed some details about the album to Sway. One tidbit shared was that since Dre “announced” the project (more on that later) in 2002, there have been multiple versions of the album recorded.
“The work on Detox, it’s been a long process,” Just told “RapFix.” “I been going back and forth to L.A. for like eight years. Well, 2002, so it’s been nine years years, actually. I’ve seen the album through different phases. I’ve heard near-complete versions of the album, then he turns around and scratches it and does the same thing two or three times over.”
The “Exhibit C” producer also revealed that Dr. Dre initially discussing the idea of a Detox snowballed into his working on an actual album before he might have been completely comfortable to do so. “When he first talked about it, people took it as an announcement, and it wasn’t that,” Just explained. “It was more so, ‘This is just something that I’m thinking about doing.’ So from there, the word kept spreading and he starting working on it, not necessarily because he wanted to, but because he felt like he had to because it had morphed into an announcement that Dre is working on an album called Detox.”
Therefore, part of the reason that Detox has had extended delays and phantom release dates is that the good Doctor, already considered a perfectionist when it comes to crafting his music, felt rushed.
“I remember him telling me, ‘I didn’t really feel good about it until recently’; like I said, maybe two or three years ago,” Just said. “That’s when he was ready to be in his creative space. Up until that point, he was kind of doing it because he felt obligated is what he always used to tell me. When you’re doing something because you feel you have to, it’s not really the ideal conditions to make an album under.”
In 2011, Detox seems to be closer to a release than ever before. Two singles have dropped, “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor,” and another song from the album called “Die Hard” was featured on Showtime’s “Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley.”
And Just Blaze confirmed that he has at least two records on Detox, including a song that features the Game and Snoop Dogg. “I’m just honored to be a part of it, that’s Dre,” Just said. “Arguably, if not, the greatest [producer]. It’s humbling because I’m one of the few producers that he really respects, and he tells me that time and time again. Him being one of the greatest, to have that kind admiration from him is crazy.”