When was the last time you heard 50 Cent over Dr. Dre production? It’s been a while, right? The streak ends today now that his new single “Smoke” with Trey Songz surfaced. This is catered specifically for the radio and could really make a splash on the airwaves if his new label Caroline gets behind it.
So far there have been mixed reviews about Fif’s Animal Ambition album, but one thing you can’t deny is the flood of music he’s been serving the past few weeks. Whether you like it or not, the album is dropping nationwide on June 3.
In 1996 when Dr. Dre parted ways with Suge Knight and Death Row Records, he launched his Aftermath imprint. Looking for a fresh start, he helped form the NYC super-group with Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown, Nature and Cormega known as The Firm. Sadly the group only released one project, with their Mafioso-themed 1997 effort The Album that received mixed reviews.
Don’t be alarmed though if you’re thinking the entire playlist from DJ Mister Cee below is just the album. The Brooklynite plays the crews most popular tracks they shared during the mid-90s that spanned into the early 2000s. While it’s unlikely we’ll ever see a sophomore follow-up album (hopefully inspiration?), we’re still praying Escobar and the Aziatic one blesses the fans with their long-awaited collaborative project we’ve been waiting on for the last decade.
After the jump, stream some classics from the short-lived QU-BK collective.
It was back in March of 2013 when Beats Electronics acquired upstart music streaming service MOG. The plan was to utilize the streaming audio service and act as an extension of Beats Audio, forming Beats Music, initially dubbed “Project Daisy,” a name inspired by Beats Electronic’s President/COO, Luke Wood. The new venture was largely made possible thanks to the owner of Warner Music Group, Access Industries, and their $60M investment courtesy of founder Leonard Blavatinik — Russian billionaire who ranks among the top 50 richest people on the planet.
Fast forward to the the first month of 2014 and we’re just days away from the official launch of the Beats Music subscription streaming service in the United States.
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In a newly released commercial from Beats By Dre, we see the Doctor in the studio with none other than Kendrick Lamar. In the spot, the two are working on an unknown song in the lab, but Dot wasn’t quite feeling the energy of it. The two take a break after working late and regroup at a later time, then Kendrick hits the barbershop to show some of the homies what he was cooking up musically. By the end, Kendrick links back with the Doc in the booth and spazzes out on the track after they added better drums.
No word on what project or even where this song will end up and we hate to speculate, but would it be safe to assume that it would be for Kendrick’s next studio album.
Or maybe Dr. Dre is ready to shock the world in 2014 with that album that we won’t mention the title of.
Earlier last week, we threw Eminem‘s Marshall Mathers LP 2 in our playlist and let his music rock on shuffle. After a few spins, we realized Dr. Dre was nowhere to be found on the production side of the album (he mixed one or two of the tracks), so we decided to go back and listen to a few Dre joints from the past. It seemed like the more we listened, the more it upset us as to why Dre didn’t make the cut this time around. Plus, we found a gang of dope collaborations they did in the past in the process.
Of course, Dr. Dre was the one to discover Eminem and launch his career, so it’s expected that they would have a bulk of songs throughout the catalog, but between the two, certified classics have been cooked up. Just not recently.
So we dug up some of the best collaborations between the two, whether that meant Dre only on production or both of them on the record.
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The newest member of the USC family, (see: The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy of Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation), Dr. Dre, paid a visit to the USC Trojan football team yesterday, to pump them up before their big matchup against Stanford today. The doctor offered a few words of encouragement and good luck, then said he’s been a big fan of the USC collegiate atmosphere for a while now.
The team gave him a standing ovation and took pictures with him following the pep talk.
As apart of the new #BudweiserMadeInAmerica ‘Made Me’ series, Kendrick Lamar talks about meeting Dr. Dre for the first time and how the two created their “Compton” record. K Dot talks about no studio session comparing to one with Dre and how being from Compton made sure he put on for the city that raised him. Watch the clip in full after the jump and stay tuned for more from the Budweiser artist series.
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Who doesn’t love some lost footage of our favorite artists resurfacing 12 years later? Tim Westwood took to YouTube earlier today and uploaded some rare footage of Slim Shady and Dr. Dre lettin’ loose at a London club back in 2001.
Kickin’ it in VIP at a Tim Westwood party in an unknown club, Eminem has a drink in one hand and a middle finger in another while Dr. Dre has a mean mug on tilt, as the two of them do their own version of ‘ratchet’ in ’01.
Retaining his crown as the wealthiest hip-hop artist alive, P. Diddy is number 1 once again, topping the 2013 list of rappers with the largest bank accounts. With his record label Bad Boy Records releasing MGK’s “Lace Up” and the long-awaited debut album from French Montana “Excuse My French”, the 20+ year vet has remained one of the top heavyweights in the industry. The face of the popular Ciroc vodka brand, has been a cash-cow over the past few years.
1. Sean “Diddy” Combs ($580 million) 2. Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter ($475 million) 3. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young ($350 million) 4. Bryan “Birdman” Williams ($150 million) 5. Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson ($125 million)
Landing in at number 2 was the Jiggman, who had a successful year touring the world with Kanye West and Hit-Boy, continuing their “Niggas In Paris” wave from 2011 into 2012, as well as Jay’s run for the official opening of Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. An interesting note is the $80 million dollar increase Dr. Dre acquired this year in comparison to last year, obviously due to his Beats By Dre headphone collection as well as the first album under Aftermath in over 2 years, Kendrick Lamar’s debut opus, “good kid, m.A.A.d city.”
Remember the last time Dr. Dre called Big Boy’s Neighborhood? It was to update the status on DETOX and to give Kendrick Lamar the shoutout to change his career.
Although they didn’t go into too much detail about it, he mentioned a music-subscription service venture that he’s had in the works for two years, and should be out by the end of the year. He also gave an update on what he’s working on musically, saying Eminem is finishing up his new album. Mr. 30 years deep in the game still has the itch.
You remember Dr. Dre’s 2001 film The Wash, right? Well, we do. Especially because of the soundtrack, which spun out this West Coast banger, “Bad Intentions” from Dr. Dre and Knoc-Turn’Al. This track was on infinite rotation, on the radio, as well as our own CD players back in 2002 after the single officially dropped and still goes hard to this day. The visual took Dre and Knoc to a house named Bad Intentions, where your fantasy is our reality. Sounds like paradise. They say a party ain’t a party until the West at it.
The Dr. Dre-produced beat for the track also showed up in the Nas/Jay-Z beef, as Hov used it for “Super Ugly” (his below-the-belt response to “Ether”). But when it’s all said and done it always goes back to The Takeover vs. Ether anyway.
It’s crazy to think, especially since it seems like just yesterday that we grew up with The Chronic. Growing up on the West Coast, that album was one of the first Hip-Hop albums that ever graced our ears and made such an impact as a kid. Although we weren’t in Los Angeles during the riots, the project still resonated as the soundtrack to California for years to come. You couldn’t escape the Dre tracks from bumping out of car speakers down the street, as all the OG’s kept the album in heavy rotation.
By the time 2001 was released in 1999, we were already well versed in The Chronic and still remember being one of the first to cop the album the day it dropped. Eminem’s involvement on the album also had us hype, as his buzz was still growing at that time. At a deep 23 tracks, every song flowed into each other and remarkably didn’t have any fillers. Unfortunately, our 2001 CD was stolen from our CD case years later by some punks (shout out to the bright green marijuana leaf on the actual disc), which we still miss to this day.
So today, as you go about your day, be sure to play a Dr. Dre track or two (or a whole album) and put one in the air for one of the greatest producers of all time.
Peep some of his classic tracks after the jump. Happy birthday Dr. Dre!