WENN reports Dr. Dre is set to quit the music business after releasing his much anticipated third solo CD ‘Detox.’ “I don’t know how seriously fans take it when rappers say they’re going to retire, but his last album sold well,” an industry source said. “You can’t look at it with the same expectations as Eminem or 50, but he has been relevant longer than most rappers, aside from Ice Cube and LL Cool J. If it’s pure Dre genius, it could connect.”
Legendary rapper Rakim has left Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Records, according to the label’s website. Rakim joined the label three years ago but never released his long awaited album, ‘Oh My God’. Launch.com reports Rakim’s manager Zach Katz made the following statement: “He’s already shopping a new deal. He’s left Aftermath. They mutually decided to go their separate ways. There are reasons, but I really can’t get into them, just basically creative differences. And he’s already talking to other people. So that’s really what it is.”
Associated Press reports that Dr. Dre’s mother, Verna Griffin, was arrested on assault with a deadly weapon charges after a shooting incident on Monday night. Griffin allegedly fired a gun at a friend at one of Dre’s Los Angeles area homes. She was released on $50,000 bail.
Associated Press reports that a federal jury has recommended a $1.5 million award to British record company Minder Music Ltd, which sued rapper-producer Dr. Dre for song plagiarism, attorneys for both sides said. The company claimed Dre’s 1999 song, ‘Let’s Get High,’ used the bass line of Minder Music group Fatback’s 1980 song, ‘Backstrokin’.
Radio 1 spoke to Ms Dynamite after her performance over the weekend at Brixton Academy and she revealed Dr. Dre was a huge fan and was interested in working with her. She explained, “He’s spoken to people very close to me about the particular tracks that he likes, and it’s overwhelming for me. I’m like ‘Oh my God, did Dre say that?’ It’s exciting. Right now it’s just talk. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that talk. I appreciate that he’s even taking the time out to listen to what I’m doing, but at the end of the day, when it happens, then I’ll be excited!”
50 Cent tells Launch.com that Dr. Dre is “the best producer I’ve ever worked with. I worked with, you know, some good producers–like, I was with the Trackmasters for a little bit, and Jam Master Jay. I had all of them. But Dre is a different type…I haven’t worked with a producer that was more comfortable with me doing whatever I want to do.”
E! reports a London-based music publisher has filed a federal copyright infringement lawsuit against Dr. Dre and Eminem for allegedly sampling a song sans permission. Minder Music Ltd. claims a 1980 tune called ‘Backstrokin’ is the backbone for Dre’s 1999 hit ‘Let’s Get High,’ according to a report in Billboard. The company is seeking more than $3.5 million in damages against the hip-hopsters, accusing them of unfairly profiting from its song by ripping it for Dre’s biggest single off his 1999 multiplatinum release, ‘2001’.
The Sun reports Ms Dynamite has turned down an opportunity to work with Dr. Dre. The pregnant singer told her disappointed bosses she doesn’t want any more work until after she has her baby in July. “We were all surprised she turned down Dr Dre,” a source close to the singer revealed. “He has worked with some of the biggest names in rap.”
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Uncensored videos by Eminem, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, Shaggy, Jadakiss, Sir Mix-A-Lot, and others are included on the new DVD compilation, Hardware: Hip-Hop. The DVD features raw and uncut videos filled with profanity, nudity, and sex scenes. It will be released by Interscope Records through Ventura Distribution on March 25th.
Despite being shot and under constant threat of his life, 50 Cent tells MTV News that the only people he fears are his bosses, Eminem and Dr. Dre. “I fear not fitting in with Eminem and Dr. Dre,” 50 explained. “That’s what counts to me. That other stuff [the threat of violence] has already been a part of my life, none of that is new. They signed me, so I’ll never be equivalent to Eminem or Dr. Dre. If Em says I’m the future of music, then what he’s saying is he’s the future of music because he signed me.” Read more.