“No matter how hard you work to bring yourself up, there’s someone out there working just as hard, to put you down.” –Dr. Dre
I always admire people who can both find success in life while staying true to who they are. And Dr. Dre is someone who, in my opinion, has managed to do just that. He’s found success as a rapper, producer, and a philanthropist. I had figured I’d always know him best for his debut solo album, The Chronic. Have a listen to my favorite song off that album:
Dr. Dre, secretly, is an astronomy lover.
He’s making an all-instrumental hip-hop album, and do you know what inspired Dre? Let’s go to the interview to find out.
Vibe: You mentioned a hip-hop album without rapping. Will we ever hear a Dr. Dre instrumental album?
Dr. Dre: Oh yeah, that’s in the works. An instrumental album is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I have the ideas for it. I want to call it The Planets. I don’t even know if I should be saying this, but fuck it. [Laughs.] It’s just my interpretation of what each planet sounds like. I’m gonna go off on that. Just all instrumental. I’ve been studying the planets and learning the personalities of each planet. I’ve been doing this for about two years now just in my spare time so to speak.
Which is totally awesome. Not since Holst, as far as I know, has as big a name in music taken on the planets, and I am stoked. Plus, I got to learn something.
You see, Dre’s album will be in surround sound. Know why?
I wanna do it in surround sound. It’ll have to be in surround sound for Saturn to work.
The other planets? Fine. But Saturn? I suppose it’s the only way to get the feel of how expansive those rings truly are.
So have a great weekend, and kudos to you, the one and only D.R.E.!