In the end we were right. “Kush” , the song leaked last week by Dr. Dre’s team, is the first single—officially released yesterday only digitally—from “Detox”. The ex NWA man has just dropped a release date for his comeback album. If everything goes according to plan, Dr. Dre’s personal Chinese Democracy (he first started talking about the album in late 2003 and, since then, many have been the times Dre’s announced its release and then failed to deliver) will hit stores in February 2011. So far little is known about the long player, besides a first list of collaborators including the usual suspects like Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Akon, Jay-Z and The Game, and also other artists from outside the world of rap like La Roux.
In a statement to XXL (Dr. Dre will be featured on the cover of the magazine’s December issue), the producer has acknowledged he’s thought many times about giving up and leave “Detox” unfinished. “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 end, Dr. Dre has recovered the motivation needed to finish the album, and he feels proud of the result. “I’m really feeling it now. My energy has been back and forth with the record, tussling with doing it out of obligation, as opposed to doing it because I really feel it. My feelings about it have been going up and down. Now I’m in that place where I’m really feeling it, and it’s coming out right. It’s like, Yeah, I’m excited about it.”