Now that he’s got his own degree program at USC, Dr. Dre is ready to get back to music. “I’m more inspired to go back into the studio now,” Dr. Dre says in an interview with LA Weekly. “Beats is rolling, this [USC] thing is happening, and it’s incredible. Now I’m ready to go back to my first love.”
Dre says that the USC program, the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation that he and longtime business partner Iovine donated $70 million to create, will not impact his work on his much-delayed Detox album, though he’s not working on that project in particular right now.
“I’m going back to the studio,” Dre says. “Not for any specific reason, but just to record because I love to record music. I’m going back in and hopefully the next Kendrick Lamar or the next Eminem walks in the door and I can work with that artist. I’m going to record forever.”
As for Dre’s history, his time in groundbreaking gangster rap group N.W.A is being made into a feature film that is also getting off the ground. “We just got the green light from Universal,” Dre says. “I was just with [Ice] Cube and F. Gary Gray yesterday writing the script, so it looks like it’s really happening. Gary is directing the movie. It’s going to be a true story. It’s going to be based on all the true events that happened.”
But with a legacy that includes N.W.A, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, his solo work and Beats Electronics, Dre says that his work with USC is the most noteworthy. “This is absolutely the biggest thing I’ve been a part of in my entire career,” the producer says. “I am just excited to be a part of something that is going to be there forever. How many people can say that? This is huge.”