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By TC / 11.16.10

Who needs Detox when you have…Botox®?

That was a lil joke, ha ha. Speaking of which, according to the XXL cover, it seems like Kanye West got another one of those ratings only reserved for his albums. We’ll see how it measures up in nicotine levels ’round these parts so we’ll leave that for another day. Because, as you heard by now, Dr. Dre has no more computer software, minion projects or Arnold Classics to prevent him from continuing to trudge along with releasing the Chinese Democracy of rap albums.

The expectations are higher than any bag of sticky-icky could ever take him. It’s either show-n-prove or crash and burn. Ironically (and allegedly) “Kush” is the only marijuana reference on the entire album. One has to wonder, though. With the suspected countless amount of records that have been recorded since The Game had “the” in his name, were they really not worthy to be released to the general public. And if so, how did the quality get miraculously better after Eminem conveniently finished up his two album run.

The beat maestro, who turned 45 this past February, says, “The only part that has been pushing me back is just the fact that I’m getting older, and certain things to talk about… But I can incorporate other artists, new artists with this record, to say some of the things I won’t say. It’s been a little tussle in that area also, just because of age and being able to identify with the younger audience.”

Staying motivated over the years has been a struggle for Dre, who told XXL that there were moments where he almost gave up on Detox. “I’ve been through that thing several times, where I’m like, ‘You know what? I quit. I’m not doing this. Everything is starting to sound the same.’”

In the story, Dr. Dre also reveals that Detox might be the last time fans will hear him rap. “I don’t ever see myself retiring totally from music, because I have a genuine love and passion for it,” he said. “But as far as me going into the mic booth, that shit is over. I’m always going to talent scout and try to find new artists to work with. But, yeah, that’s it. I don’t see myself doing it the way I’m doing it now. I’m in the studio at least five or six days a week for 16, 18 hours. I think I’m going to back off a little bit and spend some time with the family.”

I dunno, Dre. Your time may be up on some Flava of Love-type shit. Like the rest of my TSS Crew, I’m ready to eat my words for the greater good of the music. Hasn’t happened yet—for all you nonbelievers!

Dr. Dre To Grace The Cover Of XXL’s December/January 2011 Issue [XXL]

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