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Dr. Dre Hints Detox Isn't Dead, Says He's Working On New Music

A little too early for April Fools.

After years of fans continually asking for "Detox" and Dre  shooting down talks of its release. The legendary producer now hints that his long-awaited third studio album could still see the light of day.

Wait, what?

That's right. ESPN's Chris Haynes caught up with Dre and Jimmy Lovine on Tuesday afternoon (Jan. 9) at a Golden State Warriors practice session, and he couldn't help but ask a question the 52-year old is all too familiar with, if Detox was permanently shelved?

"I'm working on a couple songs right now," Dre responded. "We'll see."

I know that doesn't sound like much but when you consider the fact that Dre once crushed all hopes of the album coming out, this is a big step. Not denying or playing down the release could mean there's still a glimmer of hope, or he could just be trolling us all, like he's been doing in the past.

In 2014, during the "Shots Fired" podcast. Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker claimed the rap mogul scrapped Detox a few years ago for a different unnamed project. 

"The album he's working on is not called Detox," Parker said. "He scrapped Detox a couple years ago, and came up with another title. I won’t say what the title is because I haven't seen it online or anything yet."

Dre also admitted to shelving the album because he wasn't feeling it. "I didn't like it," he said. "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."

In A 2015 interview with Rolling Stone, he further explained why he never finished the album. 

"I had between 20 and 40 songs for Detox, and I just couldn't feel it," he explained. "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."

During an episode of Dre and Jimmy Lovine's four part docu-series, The Defiant Ones. The Chronic rapper bluntly revealed he had zero connection to Detox so he decided to let it go and put out the 2015 album "Compton" instead.

"I never had any connection with [Detox]," he said. "it didn't work." 

"I had to have a reason," he added, "I'm never gonna do that again."

Detox was originally scheduled to drop in 2002 but you know the rest. Dre's comments to Haynes could as well start another merry go round of events that could last another decade. 

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