Detox is the third and final studio album by rapper and record producer Dr. Dre. It was originally due for a 2004 release, but was not completed because Dr. Dre wanted to concentrate on producing for artists that were on his Aftermath Entertainment record label
Work for the album dates back to early 2004, but later in that year he decided to stop working on the album to focus on producing for other artists. The album had initially been set for a fall 2005 release.
On February 18, 2007, Dr. Dre revealed to Power 106 radio station that he had completed eighteen potential tracks for the album. He plans to have twelve or thirteen songs in the final version, with each one being a single. He also announced that the introductory track is titled "Intervention". However, Bishop Lamont stated that the album will include more than thirteen tracks. In an interview, 50 Cent was asked about Detox, in which he spoke of his collaborations and Dr. Dre's progress, stating,
He's working on it. I've recorded two songs for him. He's such a perfectionist. But sometimes that can be a bad thing. You create new pressure when you wait that long. When you put a new album against the last two classics, people will scrutinize it if they become impatient.
On September 9, 2007, before presenting the award for Video of the Year on the MTV Video Music Awards, Dr. Dre stated that Detox will be released. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Dr. Dre said the album will be released after Eminem's Relapse.
On September 21, 2007, he revealed to Hillary Crosley of Billboard magazine that Detox will be his final album and released in 2008. In February 2008, Bishop Lamont also announced a second "Up in Smoke Tour" to begin shortly after the album.
In May 2008, rumors spread that Detox had been completed. That same month, Detox and Eminem's new studio album were revealed to be released for the fourth quarter of 2008. In an interview with Defsounds, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo stated that they are unsure if they will appear on Detox. They stated that 50 Cent has recorded about three songs for Detox. In an interview with the website DubCNN.com, rapper The D.O.C. also said that fellow N.W.A. members Ice Cube and MC Ren would most likely not be guests on the album. Although Ice Cube later stated in August 2008 that he is likely to be featured on the album.
In June 2008, Snoop Dogg announced that Detox was completed and that Dre is looking for the right songs for the album. He also said it would be worth the wait. During the same month, Dr. Dre revealed that he is aiming to release the album in November or December 2008. He said "I'm just now, over the last couple of months, starting to feel that it's going to be right and it's something I can be proud of, and everybody is going to love it". Dr. Dre also talked about the drum work on the album that is derived from live instrumentation, saying "We have an entirely new thing going with the drums that's incredible and we're still developing that".
On August 6, 2008 it was reported that Dr. Dre and Drinks Americas made a joint venture to release a drink called "Aftermath Cognac" within the next 60 days. According to Drinks Americas, this drink would be introduced at the same time as the Detox album as part of a marketing plan.
In an interview with Loud.com, DJ Quik revealed that Dr. Dre has recorded around 400 songs for the album, and he himself had heard about 60 of them. He also revealed that Dre has been getting piano lessons from Burt Bacharach and has been reinterpreting "symphony stuff" by Frederic Chopin for Detox.
In an interview with FLOW 93.5 in January 2009, Canadian producer Boi-1da revealed that he's also working on Detox. A month earlier, Dr. Dre appeared on the remix of "Set It Off" by Kardinal Offishall, produced by Boi-1da.
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