Ice Cube has put a chill on Dr. Dre's supposed final album.
Dre has pushed back the release of his highly anticipated Detox from next summer to the end of 2003 in order to produce his former N.W.A partner's next release.
Cube and the good doctor entered the studio two weeks ago and have already laid down a couple of beats.
"I haven't heard him on the mic just yet," Dre said. "He's got a couple of tracks that I think are banging, so I'm just waiting to see what he is going to come with."
Cube's as-yet-untitled album is due next summer and will be released on Dre's Aftermath label (see "Dr. Dre To Produce Next Ice Cube Record").
Meanwhile, Dre has been working with newcomer 50 Cent, who also signed to Aftermath, in a joint deal with Eminem's Shady Records (see "50 Cent Worth A Million To Dr. Dre And Eminem").
"Me and 50 got in the studio for the first time and we worked together for like five days and we did seven joints," Dre said on the set of 50 Cent's "In Da Club" video. "Six of them went on the album and one of them is out right now on a mixtape."
Like Eminem (see "Eminem Aims For Dre-Like Perfection On 50 Cent, Obie Trice, D12 LPs"), Dre has more than a few kind words to say about the Queens, New York, rapper.
"50's album, in my opinion, is going to compete with all the classic hip-hop records that have come out over the last 10 years," he said. "Illmatic, The Chronic, Marshall Mathers LP, it's right up there. And that's no bullsh--."
Dre has also been recording Rakim, whose Aftermath debut is due next year, and logging ideas for Detox, which he has said will be a concept album of sorts (see "Dr. Dre's Final Album Will Be Hip-Hop Musical"). "I'm gonna try to make this one the one they remember me for," he said Wednesday.
Once his album is finished, Dre plans on hanging up his solo-artist hat and focusing on his career as a producer, most likely working alongside his protégé Eminem.
"[We're] studio rats, we love being in the studio, making hot music," Dre said. "We are definitely going to put our all in everything that we work on because we are our worst critics and we have to feel like we made a record that we have to buy. You know what I'm saying? And I don't buy a lot of records."