Compton rapper, Kendrick Lamar, aka K-Dot, has confirmed he will be collaborating with Dr. Dre on his forthcoming album.
The release will mark the third to the 26-year-old rapper¡¯s name, and follows on from his 2012 release, good kid, m.A.A.d city, which was executive produced by Dr Dre.
¡°Dr. Dre is focused like he always been,¡± Lamar told Kube 93. As hip-hop¡¯s first billionaire, having sold Beats to Apple for $US3 billion, one would think that Dr.Dre would take a hard-earned sabbatical, possibly lie on a beach somewhere with a cocktail. Instead, he is heading straight back into the studio with K-Dot.
¡°He focused on music, man. One thing about Dre, you can¡¯t take the music away. No matter how much money he has, he¡¯s always gonna be right there in that studio. That¡¯s before the deal, after the deal. He¡¯s always locked in there. That¡¯s something that I know personally.¡±
Lamar kept his lips sealed when asked about Dre¡¯s highly anticipated Detox record, saying he didn¡¯t know the release date, but assuring fans that it¡¯ll be ¡®Nuthin¡¯ but a ¡®G¡¯ Thang¡¯, so yeah, pretty good. ¡°I couldn¡¯t give you that word. He¡¯ll have to give you that word, but I know that he¡¯s still a creative genius in there,¡± he said.
According to Anthony Tiffith, CEO of his record label Top Dawg Entertainment, Kendrick¡¯s new album is expected to drop later this year. He also confirmed plans to release another album by Black Hippy, a hip-hop collective comprised of Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock.
It was with his debut, two years ago, that Lamar established himself as one of the most sensitive and distinctive voices in the hip-hop world today. His album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, sold a quarter-million copies in its first weeks and earned the rapper four Grammy nominations, including Album of The Year. Thus, with a new album on the horizon, fans should expect a ¡®Recipe¡¯ for awesome!