Dr. Dre Eschews Samples On “2001”

Making its debut at number two on next week’s “Billboard” album chart will be “Dr. Dre 2001,” which moved over 516,000 copies in its first week on the market.

Dr. Dre’s latest is an album featuring guest appearances galore, from Snoop Dogg to Eminem to Kurupt to Mary J. Blige. What it does not have a lot of, however, is samples. As the good Doctor told MTV News, he figured live instrumentation was the way to go this time out.

“Most of the album is live,” Dre said. “I tried to stay away from samples as much as possible. There are, I think, two samples on it. I wanted most of this album to come from the brain, the heart. I didn’t want to just go into the studio and use what somebody else made to get paid.” [RealVideo]

The next video from the album will be “Forgot About Dre,” featuring a guest spot from Eminem.

For more from our interview with Dr. Dre, check out the MTV
News Online feature “Dr. Dre: Still D.R.E.”