Preview the remix below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
Stavros Martina in the zone (Source: Facebook)
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.
Preview the “Still D.R.E.” remix below and download it exclusively on DJcity.
Dr. Dre on The Defiant Ones
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.”
Watch the trailer for The Defiant Ones below.
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.
Watch him discuss Dre:
Watch him discuss the industry:
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.
Related: The Samples Behind Dr. Dre’s ‘The Chronic’
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.
Related: Classic Samples Used by Hip-Hop’s Late Greats (Part 2)
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