One of the most famous albums never released hasn’t been in the news for a couple of years, but it is back. Dr. Dre’s infamous Detox album is apparently real according to Flying Lotus, but it may not be what people are thinking.
Dr. Dre released his two classic albums The Chronic and 2001 in the 90’s. Detox was supposed to be the follow-up, but it never was released. Dr. Dre has been mum on the album for years and has said that the mythical record will never see the light of day.
In 2015 he released an album Compton that served as the soundtrack for the N.W.A. film Straight Outta Compton. It pulled together some of the biggest names in rap and seemed to end the speculation of Detox. Before the album release he also canceled Detox on his radio show, saying it didn’t meet his standards.
But now it may be back according to Flying Lotus who says “it exists.” In an interview with Billboard, FlyLo spoke about meeting one of his inspirations, Dr. Dre and getting in the studio with him.
“He's just still excited about music. When I came to the studio, he played me Detox. He was like, ‘You fuck with it or what?!’ I was like, ‘Yeah!’ He was just super hyped on it,” Flying Lotus said about being in the studio and hearing the record. "We were listening to the shit and he was dancing around the studio with his wife and shit. He has that feeling like, ‘Fuck yeah. I'm rich as fuck, but I'm having a great time still.’ It was really cool to see.”
He explains a little bit of what it will sound like as well. “The version I heard is the sequel to Compton. It makes sense after Compton, I think. It makes sense, but I like it better than Compton.”
Now what he heard may not be the actual Detox, but it could just be the Dr. Dre next album. Detox could be used as the catch-all term for Dre’s next album, but if he did make something up to his standards to be called Detox, then the world is in for a damn treat.
"Definitely, and in dedication to the energy that he left behind, because we wasn't talking about lighting a fire," he says about the song.