Dr. Dre celebrated the release of his third studio album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre and the release of the N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton on yesterday’s (August 15) episode of “The Pharmacy” Beats 1 radio show.
Dr. Dre describes meeting Corey Hawkins, who plays his character in the movie. He says he was shocked at how much Hawkins sounded like him.
“I gotta be honest, it freaked me out when I met him,” Dr. Dre says. “We had a conversation. We went out to dinner at this restaurant over in Hollywood. We sat across the table and he started talking to me and I heard him like, ‘What the is that?’ I’m saying this shit internally. It kinda freaked me out. At the same time, it’s one of the things that let me know he was the perfect guy for the job.”
Elsewhere in the program, Dr. Dre discusses his musical career and how he defines himself as an artist.
“I’ve never considered myself a rapper,” he says. “I know how to do it. I know how to make my voice project and I know how to stay on beat and what have you, but I’ve never considered myself a rapper. I’m a producer at heart. I like being in the control room and directing people. That’s what I do. But I’ve gotten on the mic a few times in my career, people seem to like it, so I’ll do it again here and there. But that’s really not my thing. So I’ll do a first verse on the record, then I’ll put the really talented rapper on the second verse.”
“I put these guys all around me and they make me sound good and look good,” Dr. Dre says.
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