[artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre’s[/artist] long-awaited Detox LP is no longer just an urban legend. The producer has announced that the first single, “Under Pressure,” featuring [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], will hit the airwaves this month. The West Coast hip-hop icon revealed the information Monday during an interview on “Closing Bell With Maria Bartiromo” on CNBC.
“Hopefully we’ll be releasing that in the next two weeks or so,” he said of the track. “And I’m definitely gonna be putting out the album this year. Finally. I think everyone is gonna be happy with it.”
The move is the first tangible evidence that the album will actually be released. In the past, Dre has repeatedly attempted to assure fans that the follow-up to Dr. Dre 2001 (a.k.a. The Chronic 2001) would eventually see the light of day. But as the years passed and material for Detox instead landed on albums by Eminem and 50 Cent, fans compared Dr. Dre’s promises to those made by Axl Rose when he withheld a Guns N’ Roses follow-up album for 15 years until the 2008 release of Chinese Democracy.
It’s been 11 years since Dre last released an album. But late last year, in an interview with MTV News, Dre told Jay-Z to “Come holler” and contribute to Detox.
Over the weekend, Dre (via Jimmy Iovine) confirmed Jay-Z landed on the project when he spoke to ESPN while attending a Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees baseball game. Word first arose about the collaboration when E! correspondent Michael Yo tweeted late last month that the two worked on a song that Dre’s label, Interscope Records, was very happy about. In the meantime, Dre put the pressure on himself, telling Bartiromo he has no other projects on his plate at the time.
“That’s it right now,” he said, referring to Detox. Just trying to finish this record, finally get it done and get it out and start promoting it.”
What do you think about a Dr. Dre and Jay-Z collaboration? Do you think Detox can live up to the expectations after all these years? Let us know in the comments!