The evasive Dr. Dre was briefly interviewed by Hollywood.TV this week. The celebrity site asked the Compton, California Hip Hop icon who he plans to work with in the new year. In addition to his anticipated Detox album, the Aftermath Entertainment founder revealed that he’s “Just west coast Hip Hop, that’s what I’m doin’.”
Having worked on debut albums from west coast icons such as Snoop Dogg, Game and Kurupt, Dre specifically mentioned his own artist, Slim da Mobster and a fellow Compton native, Kendrick Lamar.
In May of this year, Slim da Mobster told HipHopDX how he first met Dr. Dre. “ I knew [Dr. Dre] kind of through relatives and friends, but I never really knew him. I knew him, he knew who I was, but we never had a grown-man [conversation]. I had been trying to get at him for the longest. The craziest shit is that when Death Row [Records] was at they height and was the shit, I had stolen [Dr. Dre’s] number out of my uncle’s phone and called him. This is when niggas had Sky pagers and shit. [Laughs] The nigga called me back, [when he did], I was like, ‘Hey man, you gotta sign me!’ [Laughs] He was like, ‘Call me when you turn 18.’ That whole day [I gave Dr. Dre my CD], all the things I had ever did became relevant.”
Slim’s high-profile uncle is none other than famed drug lord “Freeway” Ricky Ross, who is presently appealing a court ruling of a lawsuit against the Miami, Florida Rap star of the same name.
Kendrick Lamar is presently signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, which is also home to Jay Rock.