Dr. Dre’s Detox album has been in the works for the better part of a decade. And the anticipation for what many believe will be the legendary producer’s swan song only grew when, in April, Dre told CNBC’s Maria Baltiromo, “we’ll be releasing [‘Under Pressure’] in the next two weeks or so.” When an NMC tagged version of the song leaked Wednesday, opinions on it were mixed. As of this writing, “Under Pressure” has been streamed 16,675 times on HipHopDX, with the average user rating it as a 2.5 out of a possible five rating. Having been made aware of the leak, Dr. Dre released the following statement via his Web site, aftermathmusic.com.
“I want to set the record straight for everybody who’s been waiting to hear my music. The song that’s on the internet [sic] is an incomplete song that I’m still working on. When it’s ready, you’ll be hearing from me.”
This is not the first time tracks rumored to be included on Detox have been leaked. Three T.I. reference tracks, tentatively titled “Topless,” (also featuring Nas) “Shit Popped Off” and “This Is Detox” were leaked last year. The former was incorporated into a Dr. Pepper commercial featuring Dr. Dre.