Stavros has a history of producing tracks that resonate with DJs. His remix of Eve’s ‘Who’s That Girl” was DJcity’s 15th most-downloaded track of March, and his and Kevin’s rework of Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” was one of DJcity’s most-downloaded remixes of 2017.
Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s highly-anticipated documentary The Defiant Ones is now airing on HBO. The four-part series traces both of their careers along with their 20-plus-year partnership.
On the first episode, Dre recalls his beginnings as a DJ.
How he got into DJing:
“There was a club in the neighborhood called Eve After Dark. One of my uncles was a bouncer at this club, and he snuck me in one night, and Kurtis Blow was performing. And his little brother, Davy DMX, he was the DJ. This [was] the first time in my life that I saw scratching. It just f#cked me up. I knew that this was my calling. There was a friend of mine, and he put together two turntables, and he used a balance knob to be able to go from turntable to turntable. I started [DJing], and I just fell in love with it.”
His first mixer:
“My mom bought me a Numark [DM]1150 mixer [for Christmas]; I [had] the ability to make tapes. [It was] one of the best gifts I ever got in my life.”
“One of the first times that I performed for an audience was in Eazy-E’s backyard after a block party. Next thing I know, all the kids in the neighborhood were coming over to my house to get their tape. I would shout your name out on the tape, or you could talk on your own tape. This was the first way I started hustling and making money.”
Jimmy Iovine with Pharrell and Scott Vener. (Photo source: Instagram)
Music mogul Jimmy Iovine has been making the rounds to promote his upcoming documentary on HBO, The Defiant Ones. The four-part series, which premieres July 9, tells his and Dr. Dre‘s stories and 20-year-plus partnership.
During a recent interview on Pharrell and Scott Vener’s show on Beats 1 Radio, Jimmy recalled hearing Dre’s music for the first time.
“When I met Dre, and I heard his music on my speakers, it was like when I first heard Phil Spector. … It just sounded like nothing I’d ever heard before. It sounded like it was gonna affect every record that ever came out, including rock music, and I knew nothing about hip-hop. But I just felt it at that moment and I said, ‘This guy will define Interscope.'”
Jimmy admitted he wasn’t a fan of hip-hop at the time, but Dre changed that.
“The bottom end [of hip-hop records] was a mess; I know they were trying to do it on purpose or something. There were 808s, and none of it was making any sense to me. Dre used all that stuff, but he made it sound like Pink Floyd was doing it. And I was like, ‘Okay, this is something special.’ It was different from everything else.”
It wasn’t just Dre’s sonic ability that impressed Jimmy, though. The executive said he saw similarities between the Compton producer and The Rolling Stones.
“I heard [The Chronic], and then I started to understand who these guys were and what they were doing and how much they reminded me of The Rolling Stones. Because the Rolling Stones, when I was a kid, they’d scare you, but they’d bring you in with their music. Their music was so cool that they’d lure you in but what they were doing was their form of anarchy in those days, you know. Snoop and Dre reminded me of Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards].”
Among other topics, Jimmy also criticized how the music industry has handled the digital revolution.
T.I. has teamed up with Dr. Dre for a new single called “Dope” featuring Marsha Ambrosius. The track, which samples Aaliyah’s 2001 hit “Rock the Boat,” is set to appear on the rapper’s upcoming tenth studio album, The Dime Trap.
TIP also dropped an accompanying video on Tidal that includes cameos from Travis Scott, Big Sean, Nelly and others. Watch it above and download “Dope” on DJcity.
To celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Dr. Dre’s debut solo album The Chronic, Power 106’s Vin Rican has returned with another episode of #WaxOnly. The series looks at the samples used in some of hip-hop’s most influential songs.
Released in 1992, The Chronic contained three classic singles: “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang,” “F#ck wit Dre Day,” and “Let Me Ride,” all of which featured Snoop Dogg.
Watch above as Vinny goes through some of the most classic samples used on the album.
In addition to producing Straight Outta Compton, Dr. Dre also served as a technical advisor on the film. The job included teaching the basics of DJing to actor Corey Hawkins, who portrayed Dre in the biopic.
In a bonus featurette that’s included in the Blu-ray/DVD, which arrives January 19, Hawkins is shown taking a DJ crash course from Dre himself.
“The fact that we’re using new talented black artists is very important,” Dre says in the clip. “Opening the door for new guys that have this type of talent. We didn’t want to go out and get the typical black actors who are out there doing their thing. It would have made it feel funny — and possibly a little fake.”
Although DJ Jazzy Jeff provided scratch overdubs, Hawkins was responsible for making the scenes look as realistic as possible, and that required practice.
“Corey is from Juilliard [acting school] — I don’t think they teach you how to mix and scratch at Juilliard,” director F. Gary Gray said. “We had to really make sure that when he was on the wheels, it felt real.”
Arabian Prince: “Me and Dr. Dre met just hanging in the scene. There was a small circle of DJs on the West Coast in the 80s. Dre was with the Wrecking Crew, I was with Bobby Jimmy and the Critters at the time, and we just clicked. We lived in the same area, South Central, Compton. We would go to Skateland in Compton, go to the beach, chase women.”
2. He produced N.W.A’s first single, “Panic Zone.”
thump: “Arabian Prince was a founding member of N.W.A and a major creative force before the group underwent their sharp turn from street-savvy electro funk into the hardcore gangsta rap icons they’re known for being. He wrote and produced their first single ‘Panic Zone,’ while also rapping and producing on their first two albums, but you won’t see him in the new hit movie Straight Outta Compton.”
3. He says he left N.W.A for the same reasons that Dre and Cube did.
Arabian Prince: “I was making records as Arabian Prince and banking, but now that I was in a group that was selling millions of records, I was making less? How are we supposed to be hardcore gangsters, yet we getting screwed out of our own cash? People say I’m stupid for leaving N.W.A. so early, but eventually Dre and Cube left for the same reasons. I was just first.”
4. He wasn’t asked to be in the Straight Outta Compton movie.
Arabian Prince: “If the reason we are not in this movie is because [Eazy E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright] has some kind of vengeance against us, man that’s f#cked up. She wasn’t even there to see any of that. I know she’s the executive producer and she has rights over most everybody. Probably Dre and Cube’s hands were tied, but no one has reached out to me, so I don’t know. In the end, the people that know the real history, the truth will come out.”
5. He’s currently working on an EDM album.
Arabian Prince: “I am working on an EDM album with some big names as we speak, some top-secret sh#t. I Love electronic music and I really respect the guys who are doing it now. Respect goes to Flying Lotus, I have met him a few times, he’s real cool. You know, some people say that gangsta rap killed electro funk, but I think it just evolved into pop and EDM. A lot of the beats we were doing back in the day are resurrecting, it’s just the artists that are different.”
Dr. Dre revealed today that he has a new album coming out August 7. The announcement was made during his Beats 1 show, The Pharmacy.
The album isn’t Detox, though.
Instead, Dre is releasing Compton A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, a project inspired by the upcoming N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. He said that it will be his “grand finale.”
When asked why Detox never came out, Dre said: “I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good. The record, it just wasn’t good. . . . I worked my ass off on it, and I don’t think I did a good enough job.”
Compton A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
Check out the cover art above and tracklist below.
1. Intro ft. Dr. Dre
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. One Shot One Kill ft. Snoop Dogg & Jon Connor
11. Just Another Day ft. Asia Bryant & The Game
12. For the Love of Money ft. Jill Scott & Jon Connor
13. Satisfiction 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 ft. Dr. Dre
Here’s an excerpt of Dre discussing the album on The Pharmacy:
The theatrical trailer for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton has been released. Directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job), the film revolves around the rise and fall of the legendary rap group. It is set to hit theaters on August 14.
Last week, Dr. Dre discussed the making of the film during a rare interview on Los Angeles radio station Real 92.3.
Dr. Dre gave a rare interview on Big Boy’s Real 92.3 radio show yesterday and now the second part of the conversation has been uploaded. The Doctor discussed a multitude of topics, but his comments about Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly stood out the most.
“The whole ratchet thing was fun but it didn’t have the substance that I appreciate in music … Kendrick is bringing us back to that.”
If you missed part one of the interview, watch it here.