Detox. You know the story. For over a decade, Dr. Dre has allegedly been working on this masterpiece, the follow-up to his 1999 album 2001. Each year, we hear new rumors about the project, including producers, features, and release dates, but Detox still hasn’t happened, and Dr. Dre seems to be doing just fine without it.
Detox has become a myth, hip-hop’s elusive unicorn. So much time has passed that many fans have given up on it entirely. Some still hold on to hope, and some still believe Detox is destined to be legendary. Others have dismissed it as a cruel joke.
Today is a sad day for those still fostering hope. According to former Aftermath producer Dawaun Parker, Dr. Dre scrapped Detox a couple of years ago. Parker explained the situation to Jeff Weiss and MC Nocando on the Shots Fired podcast.
“He scrapped Detox a couple years ago, and came up with another title,” says Parker. “I won’t say what the title is because I haven’t seen that online or anything yet. He was like, ‘I’m gonna call it this, and we’re gonna put it out this way and this way and this way.’ And he told a couple of people and we kinda knew that that’s just the thing we were working on… I’m under the impression that it’s still that one.”
So, to all you Detox believers… come on, you knew you weren’t ever getting Detox.