Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Lost in a Hypothetical Detox


Fans have been patiently awaiting Dr. Dre's album Detox since he gave it a name 10 years ago. But don't worry. This is nothing like GnR's Chinese Democracy. Whereas Axl Rose labored for 17 years caking overdubs over horrible songs, trying to polish shit into diamonds, Dre admitted that he's put in under five months working on Detox. He told Vibe that"...actual work time on The Chronic was nine months and actual work time on my last album, 2001, was about 10 months. The actual work time on this album is about half of that, where I’m seriously focusing on it. There is always something coming up."

Dre needs to be warned that
thinking about making stuff does not make him a conceptual artist.

Thinking is great, but it's a slippery slope. If your mind carries more momentum than your feet you can find yourself tumbling and falling in love with an idea. At that point, any attempt to draw it out into the real world will result in an imperfect mockery of your wonderous vision.

The fact that he hasn't actually made much of his next project didn't stop Dr. Dre from telling the magazine all about his next next project. Here's how he describes it:

"I want to call it
The Planets. I don’t even know if I should be saying this, but fuck it. [Laughs.] It’s just my interpretation of what each planet sounds like. I’m gonna go off on that. Just all instrumental. I’ve been studying the planets and learning the personalities of each planet. I’ve been doing this for about two years now just in my spare time so to speak. I wanna do it in surround sound. It’ll have to be in surround sound for Saturn to work."

Sometimes a thought can be enough. I hope he doesn't tarnish the awesomeness of that description by actually making any of it.

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