Dr. Dre's long-awaited new album, "Dr. Dre 2001," will finally hit stores this week, and there's already a huge buzz in rap and hip-hop circles about the record, thanks in large part to the first single, "Still D.R.E.
The song touts Dre's much-anticipated return and features a classic West Coast-style video, right down to the bouncin', chromed-out low rider cars, reminiscent of Dre's clip for "Nothin' But A 'G' Thang" off of his classic 1992 album, "The Chronic.On "Still D.R.E.", the Doctor and Snoop Dogg trade rhymes over a rather haunting piano lick, and the spooky catchiness of the hook surprised even Dre when he first heard it, which was towards then end of the album sessions.[article id="1443057"]"The track actually came late in the album,"[/article] Dre told the MTV Radio Network. [article id="1443057"]"It was like the second to the last cut that we did for the record. It was a guy named Scott Storch, he's playing the keyboard
on it."[/article][article id="1443057"]"A lot of people think that that's a sample, the little bling, bling, little sound that's going on in it,"[/article] he said. [article id="1443057"]"But it's actually a piano, guitar, ukulele mixed together... and we just made it sound real melodic, real creepy." [RealVideo][/article]Dr. Dre 2001" is due out tomorrow, and features guest spots from Mary J. Blige, Kurupt, MC Ren, Xzibit, King T., and Dre's latest signing, Hittman.One of Dre's most recent collaborators, Eminem, also appears on several "2001" tracks, including the next single, "Forgot About Dre." Eminem and Dre plan to shoot a video for the song later this month, and the clip is expected to premiere in early December.