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Watch Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, D.O.C. work on Dr. Dre's 'Detox' album

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For an inevitable summer blockbuster like Dr. Dre's "Detox," it was inevitable that some form of outsourcing would come into play. After all, only so many people can fit into one studio, and Dre albums have always been closer to coastal statements of purpose than the purity of one man's vision.

So it's instructive to watch these clips of Snoop Dogg, DJ Quik, and D.O.C. packed into a Southland studio attempting to work on "Detox" -- without the imprimatur of the good Doctor. Judging from these YouTube clips from Snoop Dogg's "Doggumentary Television" (watch Part 1, watch Part 2), no one but D.O.C. has heard the full extent of what's been recorded for the mythically delayed "Detox." At various junctures, Snoop points to the man who authored large swaths of "The Chronic" and says, "He's the only one who knows what [Dre] has. We can't come below the bar."

Though Snoop is often portrayed as the goofy avuncular stoner, this is the side of him as the true artist, surrounded by lauded producer DJ Quik, who arrives with a black box that he describes as "every drum machine you ever wanted in your life, rolled into one." Beaming, Snoop picks it up and tells the camera: "This is the cheat sheet, straight from DJ Quik's living."

The reason for the studio work is two songs for Snoop's next solo project and two for "Detox." Yet it's the latter that haunts the proceedings. Like most Dre-related work, there are live guitarists and drummers, mixed with machines both analog and digital. In between the blunt smoking and conversations with members of Guerillas in Tha Mist (!), there's the ineradicable emphasis on topping the past.

Snoop readily references "Still D.R.E" and the wild reaction it continues to get from crowds even a dozen years after its release. He describes it as the "[last stuff], it was perfect. We need to find something flawless for Dre and he ain't listening past the first 10 seconds." At one point, he mentions that "we got time."

So for those looking to analyze this film with Zapruder-intensity, what's clear is that "Detox" is still being recorded and Snoop, D.O.C., Quik, and the longtime West Coast linchpin Batlecat might have a sizable involvement. But we'd have to ask Dre to find out whether any of the songs made that day will make the final track list.

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The Detox Cycle: Longtime Dre affiliate Soopafly returns

-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Rapper Snoop Dogg at the Rolling Stone Lounge last week in Hollywood. Credit: Michael Buckner / Getty Images

The Detox Cycle: Longtime Dr. Dre affiliate Soopafly returns

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In this week in "Detox," we bring you the latest developments from the opaque and dank world of Dr. Dre, the West Coast's most indelible sonic icon, weightlifting enthusiast and O.C.D. perfectionist. According to Hip Hop DX, Priest "Soopafly" Brooks, the renowned ex-Death Row keyboardist, has returned to work on the mythologically delayed album from Andre Young.

The news suggests a back-to-basics approach to the construction of the album. After all, reading the rumor-laden Wikipedia page for the album is about as entertainingly byzantine as a Pynchon novel. Here's an abbreviated list of the artists on the record, at one time or another: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Warren G, Mary J Blige, The Game, Kendrick Lamar, J Cole, Raekwon, Ice Cube, Lady Gaga, Just Blaze, R. Kelly Common, Wayne Newton, Lil B, and Big L's ghost.

The last three are not actually true, but they well may be for all we know about "Detox." The first rule of "Detox" isn't don't talk about "Detox," it's tell the world that it's a masterpiece and it's almost finished. That way, journalists write blog posts speculating about the content of the record and thus continue to foster its mythological status and public interest in whatever Dre's doing. (Wait a minute...)

July brought forth the news that Snoop Dogg and the D.O.C. were back in the mix, and now the return of Soopafly (the man who played keyboards on "Natural Born Killaz," Tha Dogg Pound's "Doggfood" and several hundred other records of the post-Death Row years) would seemingly imply that they're throwing their hands in the air and waving them as if they care -- and are very confused about the record's direction. Not so, according to Soopafly, who told DX that "Snoop Dogg, Tha Dogg Pound, and [me] are making sure it got that finishing touch on it."

Later, Soopafly added that "[Detox] sounds good. I haven't even personally worked on anything yet. Dre's a perfectionist, so he takes his time. But, I listened to a lot of stuff [and] it sounds good. That’s all I’ma say."

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-- Jeff Weiss

Photo: Snoop Dogg, left, is embraced by Dr. Dre at the BMI Urban Awards in August. Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

 

The Detox Cycle: Dr. Dre and Snoop are back together again

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Dr. Dre is all alone. All of the great mythologically delayed records have been released. Guns N' Roses' "Chinese Democracy," Chef Raekwon's "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2," the Who's "Lifehouse," all for sale on the open market in some form.

No tears need be shed for Andre Young, who is selling headphones and soda and cars in steroidal numbers. Occasionally, he drops a single that receives radio play but that no one really seems to like. And he toils on to make "Detox." Endlessly, so we're told. Even though the first rule of "Detox" is that you don't talk about "Detox." However, when you ask anyone off the record who has heard the project, they will assure you of its excellence with a weird Benedictine reverence.

What Dre really needs is someone following him around to make the hip-hop "Lost in La Mancha." Unfortunately, that will never happen. So we mainly get a series of awkward interviews done by someone shoving a camera into Dre's face at an opportune moment. According to the news from the latest interview, Snoop and Dre are back working in the studio together.

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