Tito Lopez Describes Possible "Detox" Contributions With Dr. Dre

In a recent interview with ThisIs50.com, Gulfport Mississippi emcee Tito Lopez details how a freestyle led to a chance to contribute to Dr. Dre's "Detox."

The last official word on Detox from Dr. Dre, came in November of 2011. While the N.W.A. co-founder didn’t completely rule out the possibility of another studio album, he did say he was going to “take a little bit of a break.” The news came just before his rumored Detox single, “I Need A Doctor” was certified double platinum. And in the months leading up to Dre’s announcement, everyone from The D.O.C. to DJ Quik, Battlecat and others claimed to be involved with the project in some way. Add Mississippi upstart Tito Lopez to that growing list.

“I went over there, and I was just supposed to play him a couple joints,” Lopez told ThisIs50.com’s Jack Thriller. “I said, ‘Fuck that. It’s real. It’s raw. Let me just spit for you.’ A lot of niggas can make they self sound good in the studio…he liked what he heard, and he said, ‘Fuck it. Let’s go write some shit.’ So we stayed up until seven in the morning writing shit.”

The now infamous freestyle session with Dr. Dre became a bit of a YouTube sensation and boosted the Gulport Mississippi emcee’s profile leading up to his most recent mixtapes—Conversation With Tito and The Hunger Game. Lopez, added that he assumes the songs were for Detox, but they could have ended up on any number of projects or locked away somewhere. Lopez said ultimately, Dre is the only person who knows where his lyrical contributions will end up. Previous collaborators with Dr. Dre such as DJ Quik and Bishop Lamont have confirmed a similar collaborative process that includes multiple writers and assistant producers.

True to the words of that November 2011 interview, there have been no Detox updates. The last eight months have seen Dre’s Beats Electronics brand expand, while Kendrick Lamar gets closer to his Aftermath/Top Dawg Entertainment debut. The full ThisIs50 interview with Tito Lopez, including how he survived Hurricane Katrina, can be seen below.

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13 Comments

  • Come On

    Can we please stop talking about this fake ass album, The only reason why it keeps getting brought up is so that he can stay relevant,"Taking a break"? thats hilarious whens the last time he did or produced something significant like good shit not the "I need a Doctor". The only reason that did anything is because ppl were so desperate to hear new Dre, We all know that song was waaaay WAY!! Overrated, I'm over Detox. How old is Dre anyway like 50? he missed his ship..I pretty sure ppl should just give up on this 1999 is a long time ago it's more than half way of 2012 now you do the math. "ITS OVER"

  • FURYAN

    LETS FACE IT SNOOP FELL THE FUCK OFF ? DPG ? WHAT ARE YOU DOING ? R.I.P NATE DE OH DUBBLE G MC REN ? EMINEM STARTED SPITTING LIKE BONE THUGS, WE LIKED THE OLD EM BETTER

  • FURYAN

    IF THERE REALLY IS GONNA BE A DETOX ? ITS GONNA BE AN ALBUM WITH A BUNCH OF SINGLES WE'VE ALL HEARD BEFORE.

  • FURYAN

    DETOX IS A LIE !! ITS LIKE THE ILUMINATI ... IT DOESN'T EXIST HAHAHA NO I MEAN REALLY IF YOU BEIEVE IN DETOX ? YOU STUPID. A DECADE TO RECORD AN ALBUM ? NIGGA MUST HAVE BUMPED HIS HEAD OR SOMETHING ... ITS NOT EVEN WORTH IT

    • Anonymous

      Or maybe in that decade he didnt bump his head but instead built a label, built several careers, lost a son, and expanded his brand...

  • Mortis

    why bother reporting on detox? jimmy iovine ass fucked dre for steriods money and licensing for those damn head phones

  • Dr. DRE

    Takin sum time out the studio to let the fans on HHDX kno that the wait aint for nuthin, we puttin together sum fire shit and we need your patience to make perfection, hell yea that Detox droppin at the top of next year, we got Rick Ross, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, Mel-Man, Korrupt, Snoop of course, Slim Shady, Fif, doin it real big, album in the Mixing Process rite now, its commin niggaz, shout out to Mingo Baby and B Gizzle, dont worry Detox will b out by the time u come home i promise, peace my niggaz, love... oh and go pick up them Dre beats too, im out!

  • Dr. DRE

    Look out for Detox Niggaz! its comin!

  • Anonymous

    detox is going to suck if it ever does drop

  • Anonymous

    I don't see a story here. Especially since Dre is now giving away Detox tracks like "Women, Weed, and Weather" and the one Rick Ross has with Dre and Jay.

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