[artist id="1061"]Dr. Dre[/artist] fans got a taste of his long-awaited Detox LP a couple of weeks ago when “Under Pressure,” a track featuring Doc collaborator [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], leaked online . Too bad it wasn’t the real deal. The next day, Dre released a statement saying that the track was “incomplete” and that “when it’s ready, you’ll be hearing it from me.” Recently, the beatmaking legend further explained that the leaked song was still in its early stages and lacked Dre’s renowned polish.
“I didn’t even get a chance to finish the record,” Dre told HardKnock.tv in a video interview at the ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards on Friday. The hitmaking icon, who was honored with the society’s Founders Award , said that a lot of work still remained on the version of the hotly anticipated collabo that hit the Web. “The vocals are real rough, it’s not blended right … a hook is not even on the song. It’s not done. The music isn’t done.”
Dre, who was being honored for his game-changing career, also lamented the reality of digital leaks that the music industry must now contend with. “It’s just like one of the things that we have to deal with today in the business,” Dre said. “Because of technology and the Internet and all that, it’s like, real easy for somebody to steal your sh–. What can you do?”
However, Dre remains focused on the task at hand and said that he planned to hit the lab after collecting his award that night.
“I’m leaving this event, going right to the studio, I’m gettin’ it crackin,’ ” said Dre. The Doc said he’s looking to get Detox to fans by the end of 2010 and is working to make sure that it’s worth the wait. “[I'm] trying to put it out by the end of the fall. Trying to give everybody what they’ve been waitin’ for and make sure they’re not disappointed; that’s all I’m doing.”
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