There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding potential new music from Dr. Dre. Is it the long-awaited Detox album or something else entirely? No one — not even Dre — has provided any specific details on what could possibly be coming down the pipeline from the lauded Hip Hop producer.
In January, shortly after Dr. Dre was discharged from Cedar-Sinai Medical Center for a reported brain aneurysm, Aftermath Entertainment affiliate Dem Jointz revealed Dre was already back in the studio hard at work. But it was one of the hashtags in the Instagram caption, “#detox2021,” that caught people’s attention. Dre has been working on the nearly mythical album for over a decade and, at one point, had scrapped it entirely.
But as 2021 drags on, there’s been signs Dre is inching closer to dropping something. On Monday (August 10), Diggin’ In The Crates legend Diamond D shared an Instagram photo of himself with Dr. Dre in the studio, indicating the just heard some previously unheard material from the doc. He also tagged longtime Dre collaborator Xzibit and producer Focus…
“@drdre played about 2hrs of straight unreleased heat rocks for me and @xzibit today,” he wrote in the caption. “#ondeck shouts out to @focus3dots.”
Diamond D’s sentiments nearly echo the ones Grandmaster Flash posted earlier this month. On August 1, the Hip Hop pioneer shared a photo of himself with Dr. Dre to the official Furious 5 Instagram account and said he’d been at the Beats By Dre mogul’s house following a DiscOasis event with music icon Nile Rodgers. Flash also noted Dre played him a project he believes will have a giant impact on the culture.
“GRANDMASTER FLASH & DR. DRE,” he wrote in the caption. “Here in LA doing the Disco Oasis with Nile Rogers tonite, I get a call from one of my heroes he invites me to the CRIB.
“He takes me down to the STUDIO he played me a project that will change the game!! Totally incredible, we top off the day for 2hrs talkin about Music, Family Health and Life thanks for the Invite Dr Dre.”
But fans will just have to wait and see what will materialize. Dre hasn’t dropped a proper studio album since 2015’s Compton, which arrived 16 years after the critically acclaimed 2001. In between time, he’s been busy producing music for everyone from Anderson .Paak and Eminem to JAY-Z and Alicia Keys.