It’s Official: Dr. Dre Scrapped ‘Detox’

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It was the Chinese Democracy of hip-hop, at least until Guns N’ Roses actually released Chinese Democracy in 2008. Now, however, Dr. Dre has entirely different plans for Detox — what was to be his third and final album, announced over a decade ago. Yesterday (August 1) on his Beats 1 Radio “The Pharmacy with Dr. Dre,” the in-demand producer said that…he scrapped Detox altogether.

“This is something you’re not gonna hear many artists say,” Dr. Dre said, according to Pigeons and Planes. “The reason that Detox didn’t come out was because I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good. The record, it just wasn’t good. I mean seriously, I worked my ass off on it, but I didn’t think I did a good enough job. I couldn’t do that to my fans. I couldn’t do that to myself, to be honest.”

When Dr. Dre announced Detox, he was dominating urban radio with singles like “Forgot About Dre” and album charts with his work on Eminem‘s The Marshall Mathers LP and Xzhibit‘s Restless. Rumor has it that he gave many of his best Detox beats to artists like 50 Cent for albums like Get Rich or Die Tryin’. Fortunately (surprise!), he does have a third and final album coming out — the official soundtrack for N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, out August 7.

“I was leaving the set, coming to the studio, and I felt myself just being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album — and I kept it under wraps,” Dr. Dre said on Beats 1 Radio. “The album is finished. Inspired by Straight Outta Compton,  we’re going to call the album Compton: The Soundtrack.”

See his announcement at Facebook, then the Compton: The Soundtrack tracklist featuring Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar below. The full broadcast of this Beats 1 show is also replaying at Apple Music.

Compton: The Soundtrack Tracklist:
1. Intro
2. Talk About It (ft. King Mez & Justus)
3. Genocide (ft. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
4. It’s All On Me (ft. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
5. All In a Day’s Work (ft. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)6. Darkside/Gone (ft. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
7. Loose Cannons (ft. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
8. Issues (ft. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
9. Deep Water (ft. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
10. Jon Connor – One Shot One Kill (ft. Snoop Dogg)
11. The Game – Just Another Day (ft. Asia Bryant)
12. For the Love of Money (ft. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
13. Satisfaction (ft. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
14. Animals (ft. Anderson Paak)
15. Medicine Man (ft. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
16. Talking To My Diary

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