Dr. Dre was invited to an episode of ‘The Pharmacy‘ Beats 1 radio show on Saturday, August 15 in celebration of the release of his third studio album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dre and the release of the N.W.A film, Straight Outta Compton.
Dr. Dre touched on a lot of topics concerning his movie ‘Straight Outta Compton.’ He discussed his musical career and how he visualises himself as an artist. ‘I’ve never considered myself a rapper,’ he confesses. ‘I know how to do it. I know how to make my voice project and I know how to stay on beat and what have you, but I’ve never considered myself a rapper.’
‘I’m a producer at heart. I like being in the control room and directing people. That’s what I do. But I’ve gotten on the mic a few times in my career, people seem to like it, so I’ll do it again here and there’.
‘But that’s really not my thing. So I’ll do a first verse on the record, then I’ll put the really talented rapper on the second verse.’
He also revealed details from his first meeting with Corey Hawkins, the actor who plays Dre in the movie. Dr. Dre confessed he was ‘freaked’ out with how much Hawkins sounded like him.
‘I gotta be honest, it freaked me out when I met him,’ Dr. Dre says. ‘We had a conversation. We went out to dinner at this restaurant over in Hollywood. ‘We sat across the table and he started talking to me and I heard him like, ‘What the is that?’ I’m saying this shit internally. It kinda freaked me out. At the same time, it’s one of the things that let me know he was the perfect guy for the job.’
He lists Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube as examples of rappers that he loves to work with cause according to Dre “they make me sound good and look good.”
‘I put these guys all around me and they make me sound good and look good,’ Dr. Dre says. Aftermath signee, Jon Connor spit a freestyle during the show and other music during the two-hour program include tracks from The Game, Notorious B.I.G, Souls of Mischief, Drake and Lauryn Hill….
Meanwhile, as of the time of this article, Dr. Dre’s Compton album has accumulated over 25 million streams worldwide on Apple Music in its first week and has sold half a million downloads from iTunes, Apple. ‘Compton’ is the first Dr. Dre album released in 16 years.