Super producer Dr. Dre has revealed that Detox, his first studio album in over eight years has been pushed back again.
The album will also officially be his final release, as he pursues other interests in the entertainment industry.
Dre, who gave his first interview in three years to the Los Angeles Times, revealed that he embarking on a marathon studio session over the next three months, devoting his time to recording material for Detox, as well as Eminem’s new album.
“I was really hoping to have it out this year, but it’s going to have to be pushed back a while because of some other things I’ve got to work on,” Dr. Dre said.
While fans may be disappointed with the fabled album’s delay yet again, Dr. Dre said that his mental attitude and creative abilities are sharper than ever.
The 42-year-old producer credits his clarity to a new weight training regiment and a balance of work, family life and hobbies, which include photography.
“It’s great when everybody is working together and feels something is happening,” Dre said. “That’s when it’s all smiles in the studio. You don’t want to see any clock or any daylight or hear any phone. You just cut yourself off from the rest of the world and make music. I don’t necessarily even call it work. I call it fun. I even like the pressure, it makes me work all the harder if I know people out there are waiting for the record.”
According to Dr. Dre, Detox will be his final solo album because performing in rap is “a young man’s game.”
He will however, continue in his familiar role as producer, citing legendary producer Quincy Jones as an inspiration.
“When I think of the future, I think a lot of Quincy Jones and how he is an inspiration,” Dre told The Los Angeles Times. “Look at the quality of his work over so many years. He didn’t even make his best record, Thriller, until he was 50. That gives me something to look forward to. Nothing pulls you back into the studio more than the belief that your best record is still ahead.”
No release date is available for Detox.