Detox. A word that inspires laughter or eye-rolling in rap fans. A synonym for “ludicrously delayed album” (see also: Chinese Democracy). The name of Dr. Dre‘s long-rumored third solo album. Much has been said of Detox, many words spent in conjecture, many more spent in jest, roasting the good doctor for his unicorn of an album.
Hopes of Detox actually materializing peaked in the last two years, as Dre released two singles and talked of hopping in the studio with a number of collaborators, including a young Compton emcee named Kendrick Lamar. With Kendrick’s sensational good kid, m.A.A.d city hitting stores last week, Dre announced that he had delayed work on Detox to lend a helping hand to his young protégé. Of course, a decade after he initially announced Detox, everyone who read that believed him.
To commemorate yet another reason we won’t be hearing Detox this year and put things in perspective, here’s a list of things that have happened and potentially could have happened in the time since we first heard Dre mention that magical word.