Dr. Dre to Produce & Star in Apple’s First Original Series

Friday, February 12th, 2016

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It looks like Dr. Dre is going to have to start working for that Apple check! A new story from The Hollywood Reporter says Dre is executive producing and starring in a new original scripted series for Apple. The show, called Vital Signs, is described as, dark, semi-autobiographical and kind of raunchy. The THR piece describes a witness account of an orgy scene that was filmed for the show recently on an LA set.  This is a pretty huge deal as it marks the first foray into original, scripted programming for Apple, the most valuable company on the planet. Director Paul Hunter is overseeing the project and Sam Rockwell and Mo McCrae are some of the other cast members that have been revealed so far. The word is Apple will roll out all 6 episodes of the series at one time as Netflix does with its own original programming.

Read the THR story here.

Previously: Dr. Dre ft. T.I., Justus, Victoria Monét & Sly Piper – Back to Business

Dr. Dre ft. T.I., Justus, Victoria Monét & Sly Piper – Back to Business

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

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Here’s some new music from Dr. Dre and T.I. featuring Justus, Victoria Monét and Sly Piper that just debuted on Dre’s Beats 1 Radio show The Pharmacy.

Listen below.

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Dr. Dre ft. Marsha Ambrosius & Sly Piper – Naked

Monday, November 9th, 2015

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Besides the new “R.I.C.O” freestyle from Pusha T, Dr. Dre also liberated this leftover from the Compton soundtrack/album on his Beats 1 Radio show this past weekend. Check out “Naked” featuring Marsha Ambrosius & Sly Piper below.

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The Game ft. Ice Cube, Dr. Dre & Will.I.Am – Don’t Trip

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

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The Documentary 2 hits stores on October 9th.

Previously: The Game ft. Diddy – Standing on Ferraris

First-Hand Accounts of the Night Eazy-E & Ice Cube Ended Their Feud

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

In the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton there’s a scene toward the end where Eazy-E walks into a nightclub. Upon entry, everyone’s vibing to Craig Mack’s “Flava In Ya Ear,” a clear sign the Ruthless Records headman was on the opposite side of the country in a place just beginning to accept what he had started nearly a half decade prior.

When the then estranged member of Niggas With Attitude gets to the back of the club he confronts Ice Cube and a moment of tension ensues. The two–surrounded by security–eye each other down waiting for the other to give in and admit their wrongdoing. Both E and Cube contributed to the break up of the group that made them famous so as each let their guard down they began to reconcile and talk about the future.

Biopics have the tough task of walking the line between piquing the interest of a general audience and portraying what actually happened. They also have to cast characters who look and sound like the real deal as those with either inside or outside knowledge of the real life plot will be the first to dismiss anything they’ve heard or experienced to the contrary.

Just weeks after Straight Outta Compton’s release those who’ve had a chance to watch and re-watch the movie in theaters (and on bootleg) have come to the general consensus that–for what was shown–was mostly accurate. Some have come out, including Eazy-E’s son and daughter, and criticized certain elements of the movie, particularly the likeness of their father during the last weeks of his life and subsequent death.

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Diggin’ In The Crates: Twelve Jewelz (Volume 7)

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus)

Okay, hip-hop heads in the house. It’s time for a brand new batch of Twelve Jewelz. We’re on Volume 7, son! I’m excited, hope you are too. This week, we’ve got more B-Sides, remixes, radio freestyles, original versions, unreleased gems, and mixtape rarities, all from the ‘90s and early 2000s (except one special one from 2007). And I threw a bonus in too, because that’s how I do. So like we always do at this time, hit the jump to read and stream, and make sure you don’t miss the link to download all Twelve Jewelz at the bottom. Let’s get it.

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Dr. Dre Apologizes For Past Abuse, Apple Supports Him

Friday, August 21st, 2015

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UPDATED with responses to Dre’s apology from Dee Barnes and Michel’le below.

In a statement published today by the New York Times Dr. Dre acknowledged past incidents of domestic abuse on his part and apologized directly to the women hurt by his actions.

Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.” “I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.

Apple, (the most profitable company in the world) which last year dumped a truckload of money on Dre’s lawn for his Beats headphones and music streaming business and who now employs him as a consultant, also issued a statement of support.

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Straight Outta Compton Script Originally Included Dee Barnes Scene

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

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The Los Angeles Times today reports on a scene portraying Dr. Dre’s 1991 assault on music journalist and Pump It Up host Dee Barnes that was cut from an early draft of screenwriter Jonathan Herman’s script for Straight Outta Compton.

In the scene, the fictional Dre, “eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt” (per noted from the script) spots Barnes at the party and approaches her.

“Saw that [expletive] you did with Cube. Really had you under his spell, huh? Ate up everything he said. Let him diss us. Sell us out.”

“I just let him tell his story,” Barnes’ character retorts, “That’s what I do. It’s my job.”

“I thought we were cool, you and me,” Dre fires back. “But you don’t give a [expletive]. You just wanna laugh at N.W.A, make us all look like fools.”

The conversation escalates, Barnes throws her drink in Dre’s face before he attacks her “flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”

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Ice Cube & Dr. Dre Cover Rolling Stone

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

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With the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton hitting theaters this Friday, Cube and Dre grace the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. According to a preview post on the RS site, the two co-founders, as well as DJ Yella and MC Ren, go deep into the history of the group with writer Brian Hiatt. The issue should be on your newsstands by Friday, but RS offers a few interesting tidbits from the piece as a teaser.

The first that grabbed my attention was the revelation that Dr. Dre never even came close to having a proper rough draft of the fabled Detox album:

He tells Hiatt:

“I had between 20 and 40 songs for Detox, and I just couldn’t feel it. Usually I can hear the sequence of an album as I’m going, but I wasn’t able to do that. I wasn’t feeling it in my gut. So I really thought I was done being an artist.”

I think many of us suspected this was the case, so it’s cool to hear Dre actually admit it. He’s since redeemed himself with the release of Compton: A Soundtrack, the amazing new album inspired by the film, so we’ll just call it even.

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Stream Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

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Well, with Detox scrapped, I don’t think anybody thought we’d be hearing a new Dr. Dre project in 2015, but here we are. Tonight at midnight Dre’s Compton, a compilation inspired by the new N.W.A film, hits iTunes. The album features Kendrick Lamar, The Game, Xzibit, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg and several others and can be streamed now on Apple Radio.

01 Intro ft. Dr. Dre
02 Talk About It ft. King Mez & Justus
03 Genocide ft. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay
04 It’s All On Me ft. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid
05 All In a Day’s Work ft. Anderson .Paak & Marsha Ambrosius
06 Darkside/Gone ft. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar
07 Loose Cannons ft. Xzibit, COLD 187um & Sly Pyper
08 Issues ft. Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak & Dem Jointz
09 Deep Water ft. Kendrick Lamar, Justus & Andreson .Paak
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 & Anderson .Paak
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