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Kendrick Lamar and Black Hippy have closed a deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records.

According to FADER, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith says that the pair have “just closed” a joint venture deal with the labels. K. Dot’s official label debut Good Kid in a Mad City will release jointly between Top Dawg, Aftermath and Interscope. All future releases by ScHoolBoy Q, Ab-Soul and Jay Rock will release through Top Dawg and Interscope.

A few weeks ago, ScHoolboy Q hinted about the possibility of recording an entire project with Harlem upstart A$Ap Rocky. Now, in a recent interview with Maurice Garland, the TDE rapper talked about the possibility of recording a long-form collaboration with the leader of the A$AP Mob.

Although Q didn’t provide any further details about the project, he explained that both artists – who shared the booth on both of their respective mixtapes Habits and Contradictions and Live.Love.A$AP – are still very much interested in pursuing the collab. He did explain that the project most likely won’t get off the ground until the both of them finish their touring duties.

“I don’t have an answer [for when it’s gonna drop],” he said. “We’re trying, we’re trying. He’s on the road, I’m on the road. We’re gonna try and get it together. You gotta have it sound right – two of the hottest niggas coming up. I’m not a cocky nigga, but I call myself [one of] the hottest niggas [coming up in the game]. But yeah, Rocky, we gotta do it.”

Q also spoke about balancing his role as a rapper and a father. He explains that while he doesn’t get to see his young daughter while touring, he always brings her to recoridng sessions, including one with the legendary Dr. Dre.

“It’s cool [being a father], my little baby Joy-Joy. I just talked to right before I went on stage,” he said. “She’s with me in the studio – my baby’s a studio baby…everybody know. Everybody knows my daughter – [Dr.] Dre, everybody.”

DJ Whoo Kid and Sway give us a bonus record off Slim The Mobster’s War Music featuring Dr. Dre. Look for the project dropping November 8th.

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Dr. Dre Speaks On Collaborating With Kendrick Lamar & Slim The Mobster

 

The West Coast veteran says that he’ll be working with the two artists shortly.

Dr. Dre is reportedly close to being finished with Detox with plans to focus on other artists once he’s finished. Speaking with Global Grind(via HHNM) at the launch of Diddy and Jimmy Iovine’s Culo by Mazzucco he discussed focusing on Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster, who will be the “final two artists” he will work with over the next few years.

“I am never going to give music up,” he said. “Music is like air to me, [music] is like oxygen, so I am always doing that. As soon as I get back to Los Angeles, I am back in the studio doing my thing. I have a couple of new artists that I am excited about, Kendrick Lamar and Slim The Mobster. These are the next two artists, and these are probably my final two artists that I am going to be working with at least for the next couple of years. I am going to devote all my attention to them and make sure their sh*t comes out the way it should be. I am just having fun with life right now!”

K. Dot recently said  that Detox is in the mixing phase, while Snoop Dogg echoed his sentiments by explaining that the album was coming sooner rather than later.

 

Meth says that his collabo with Dre never made it out, but he wouldn’t mind working with him again.

Method Man has been a staple in Wu-Tang Clan‘s live performances, but often times not all members are able to commit to the shows. Speaking with MTV RapFix Live’s Sway Calloway, Johnny Blaze explained that other obligations like movies prevent the group from joining forces as a unit.

“Certain individuals who have raised their level a little bit higher than what the rest of the Clan members were, had other obligations at times,” he said. “Like this last [European] tour, RZA had a movie, he was doing his movie and he couldn’t make it out because when they lock you in, you’re locked in. a few times myself, I had movies and obligations, things like that.”

Meth, who is set to star in the upcoming films The Sitter and Red Tails, also touched on his collaboration with Dr. Dre in 2002, explaining that while the West Coast veteran must not have been feeling their track together, he wouldn’t mind linking up with him again.

“You gotta ask Dre. That night, I was in the studio with him, and Dre, he different. He like you to come in, be ready to go,” he said. “That’s why I give a lot of credit to Xzibit, because Xzibit will go in there one take and he’s done. I got a little bit too blowed, and Dre was, ‘OK, I want you to rhyme here but then I want you to talk here but then come back into the rhyme in the middle.’ I was like, ‘Aight Dre, you got it.’ It was like five in the morning by that time. I just said, you know what? I’m going to lay this down and if he like it, he like it. And I guess not, because I ain’t never heard the song. And I ain’t heard from Dre since. But I’d definitely work with Dre.”

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In the late ’80s D.O.C. was one of hip-hop’s most promising up and comers – not only because of his strong allegiance with Dr. Dre. Besides ghostwriting large portions of the biggest West Coast classics, the Texas-native also put out his celebrated No One Can Do It Better LP. Soon after the release the rapper car accident was involved in a near-fatal car accident which changed his voice permanently. His work relationship with the likes of Dre, Snoop Dogg and the late Eazy-E persisted. The Dallas Observer has now caught up with him and talked about his moving past, Detox and his own new project. Read some excerpts below.

On Dr. Dre:

More recently, something else fortuitous happened to the ghostwriter — he received a call from Dr. Dre, who invited him to come back to California. Snoop was brought back into the fold as well, and the trio resumed work on Detox at Dre’s Burbank studios in late July.

D.O.C. says he feels reinvigorated creatively, and that he brought Dre ideas to help “get that core audience back, with those types of songs, and that California vibe from the Chronic album.” Don’t scoff: D.O.C. insists that the album really is coming soon.

On Music:

He’s in the process of training a handful of potential rap stars, including a genteel white 19-year-old Texas rapper named Mike Bond. These unknowns will perform lyrics he has written, and their verses will be paired on tracks with urban superstars in D.O.C.’s rolodex — a group that includes Snoop, Andre 3000 and Badu. D.O.C. says he’s in talks with production companies for the program, which he plans to title I Got My Voice Back.

On Erykah Badu:

After falling out with Dre, he moved back to Dallas and began living part-time with the stunning and iconic R&B singer Erykah Badu and their 7-year-old daughter, Puma. Also in the house are Puma’s well-pedigreed half-siblings: 13-year-old brother Seven, whose father is OutKast’s Andre 3000, and 2-year-old sister Mars, whose pops is venerated New Orleans rapper Jay Electronica.

With all of these musical legends coming in and out, it’s quite a scene. Badu’s Dallas home is a “beautiful house right off of a really nice body of water,” D.O.C. says of the singer’s home overlooking White Rock Lake, while adding that he remains very much enchanted with her. In fact, he hopes to film a reality show before long about the goings-on in her house, ending with a wedding between him and Badu

 

50 talks about his mentors, and opines on Nicki Minaj’s greatest asset.

in a recent interview on “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” on radio station Power 106, 50 Cent discussed a gamut of topics, including the other two parts of Aftermath’s “three-headed-monster,” Eminem and Dr. Dre.

“You don’t really expect to have someone come into your life… that you know has nothing but good intentions,” said 50 of Eminem. “He made so much money selling records that he don’t really have interest in a lot of the other stuff… So for me, they’ll be asking me questions…about the deals I do away from music. For Dre, the big thing was the ‘Beats,’ the headset.”

50 also touched on Dr. Dre, with whom he had a brief spat about becoming a potential competitor with Dre’s headphone line. “I love Dre…Without ‘In Da Club’ and Dre’s guidance on the first record…none of those other things would’ve happened!” explained Fif. “That’s the biggest record of my career still! Dre can be difficult at times, and not intentionally. He can be on his own and in his world…like the [headphone thing], we had to clear that up face-to-face, me and Dre, personally.” 50 stopped short of saying he was surprised that he was not included in the “Beats by Dre” headset line, but he did point out that Diddy was given an opportunity to get involved, which may appear odd as he is outside of the Aftermath family.

The Queens emcee was also asked about Nicki Minaj’s ass, and whether it was the real deal. “I don’t know. Does it matter?” he asked, before opining that many in the industry were guilty of getting butt implants.

Exclusive: The veteran west coast consigliore tells DX about Dr. Dre’s early days, his upcoming box set audio-biography and says “Fuck Jerry Heller.”

You know you have been in the Rap game a long time when your earliest memories of Dr. Dre are not of a globally-known producer, but of a local b-boy.

Recalling Dr. Dre The Teenager

“I been knowing Dre since like ’80, ’81,” recalled Laylaw recently to HipHopDX of the two future producer’s initial South Central connection. “I stayed down the street from his cousin, on 76th Street, right across the street from Fremont [High School]. I played football for Fremont… and [Dre] would dance at halftime with some other brothers, some pop-locker dudes.”

“We was aware of each other,” he continued, “’cause we both had an interest in deejaying and music when a lot of people wasn’t doing it back then. So we was aware of each other. And … he was just a little cat from the neighborhood, just a regular little dude from the hood. Nothing like stood out or nothing like that, we just had common interests.”

Fast forward a few years to the mid-‘80s and the Fremont alums had cut their first record together: the Dracula-inspired “Monster Rapping.”

“Man, we fucked around,” replied ‘Law when asked if the seemingly comical cut was supposed to be serious. “I did that like as respect to my homeboy. My homeboy rapped on that first, my homeboy named Paraquise. Paraquise got life in the pen. And Dre said, ‘Man, go ahead and put ya voice on it.’ We bullshittin’ and I put it on there. And we had so much leeway at the radio station that I was able to get it played during Halloween [1985]. I wasn’t even trying to do nothing with it at all. That’s not indicative of no style or nothing like that.”

Laylaw’s short-lived career as an artist continued the following year with “What’s Your Name,” and Electro-driven dance cut produced by “The Mechanic,” which was an alias Dr. Dre adopted at the time to avoid any conflict with his deal with Epic Records, as part of The World Class Wreckin’ Cru, while working with ‘Law.  

“I was a writer,” explained Laylaw of why his time in front of the mic was confined to just a couple of Dr. Dre produced 12” singles. “I was just writing. I was writing … and then, I come across Alonzo [Williams] and Wreckin’ Cru and they’re rapping. … I’m not a rapper. I’m a writer. I can write a rap, but I don’t consider myself a rapper. So, it was weird trying to figure out what I was gonna do.”

What ‘Law had already figured out on his own to do to make a living had nothing to do with making music.

“I was a hustler, man,” he noted. “Everybody knew Laylaw from getting money. I was the only nigga they knew had a Rolex. That’s why my label was Rolex [Records]. … I had money, so [Eazy-E] used to fuck with me to get money. So I knew Eazy.”   

Helping Build Classics For Eazy E’s Ruthless Records

The hustler/writer subsequently began rollin’ with Eazy and the rest of the Ruthless Records posse. After penning singer Michel’le’s 1989 smash “No More Lies,” Laylaw began grooming the second gangstafied group to emerge on Ruthless after N.W.A.: Above The Law.   

“With [Big Hutch], we’d be doing some music and [N.W.A. would] hear it and next thing you know our music would end up on N.W.A.’s records,” revealed ‘Law. “ ‘100 Miles And Runnin,’’ that’s an Above The Law beat.”

After a few years of allegedly having credit stripped from him for songs he wrote for Michel’le, Eazy-E and others, Laylaw left the west coast’s first powerhouse Rap label prior to Above The Law’s sophomore full-length, Black Mafia Life.

“There was nothing good there,” he noted of the environment at Ruthless Records by the early ‘90s. “The public enjoyed the music and everything, but to be doing it on the other side of it, we was going through hell.”

And was the hell being created at Ruthless more the work of Eazy-E or the often criticized label co-founder Jerry Heller?

“It was both of ‘em,” replied Laylaw. “I don’t kiss nobody ass, man. I mean, Eazy was cool as fuck. I loved Eazy. I miss Eazy. But then when Eazy got schooled by Jerry [Heller] … All of the sudden I gotta talk to Jerry about shit I’ve never talked to Jerry about? Fuck Jerry, man. I’m not talking to Jerry about nothing. You couldn’t get me to respect Jerry. That was the problem. [I was like], ‘How you gonna just throw this muthafucka in the mix, Eazy? You used to buy dope from me muthafucka. I used to give you dope on consignment. Now you got me talking to this white fool about this bullshit?’”

Post-Ruthless, ‘Law kept getting that legal drug money by producing the title-track to 2Pac’s Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z, along with the subsequent B-side to ‘Pac’s “Keep Ya Head Up” single, “I Wonda If Heaven’s Got A Ghetto.”

“I was kinda fuckin’ with ‘Pac while I was still at Ruthless,” recalled ‘Law. “Me and ‘Pac was already friends. Atron Gregory was [Above The Law’s] road manager. Atron Gregory found Digital Underground …. And ‘Pac used to come around. Dude used to come down and sleep on my couch and shit, kick it, and we end up doing some music together.”

Unfortunately for Laylaw, industry rule #4080 once again reared its ugly head in regards to his work for an up-and-coming act.

“‘I Wonda If Heaven’s Got A Ghetto,’ and there’s a song called ‘Troublesome,’ I did … a couple other songs I can’t remember the titles to,” revealed ‘Law of his complete contribution to 2Pac’s sophomore album. “There’s about five songs [total I did] for Tupac. The name of the album was originally called Troublesome, but for whatever reason they pulled off all my songs except one. Like, mines was too much or some shit. I don’t know what the fuck they was trippin’ on. So, they pulled off four of my five songs and they just left ‘Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.’ So ‘Pac said, ‘Well, we gonna name the album Strictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z.’ Why? ‘Cause they raped the album.”

Unfortunately, yet again, Laylaw would see his work for 2Pac “raped,” but this time it would be in part at the hands of his old friend from Fremont.

The Real Story Behind 2Pac & Dr. Dre’s “California Love (Remix)”

“I went on and played some music for him,” began ‘Law as he recalled his reunion with Dr. Dre in the mid-‘90s. “He heard a beat that he wanted, and it was the ‘California Love (Remix)’ beat. He was officially working on The Chronic 2 way back then. And that song was supposed to have been for his album. … So Dre did the song, a couple days later Roger [Troutman] come out [and] get on it. … A couple days later, ‘Pac hear it [and] ‘Pac get on it. A couple days later now it’s ‘Pac’s single. The very next day they wanna shoot the video. So within a week of us doing it, it became ‘Pac’s single.”

“So I’m like, ‘Alright, what’chu gonna do with my version? ‘Cause we have two versions of the song,’” he continued. “[Dre] said, ‘Your version’s the remix.’ I did it with my partner at the time, [D’Maq]. … [Dr. Dre] told me that he sent the credits into Suge [Knight] and Suge fucked it up. I called Suge. Suge said, ‘Dre never gave me the credits, ‘Law.’ … Mind you, Suge ain’t really worrying about putting my name on shit. So I get in touch with Tupac, and ‘Pac telling me he trying to leave [Death Row Records], he just wanna finish these extra albums and he wanna leave. So, we just kicked back and just let [the situation] marinate.”      

Although he has endured his fair share of industry shenanigans through the years, Laylaw is still going strong in the business of music. The Westside O.G. is currently preparing the release of Lawhouse Greatest Hitz, a 3-disc box set of both previously released and unreleased ‘Law assisted creations for Ice Cube, 2Pac, DJ Quik, E-40, Nas and more.

“I’m getting a new one from Quik,” he noted of some planned new additions to the Hitz. “I’m getting a new one from Cube. And I’m gonna release some stuff that never came out, some ‘Pac that never came out. It’s gonna be interesting.”

Recently, Billboard got in touch with well-known producer DJ Khalil to talk about a sensitive subject among the hip-hop community. While the interview does touch on the Los Angeles-based beatmaker’s career and his upcoming work with Drake and Bad Meets Evil, the focus of the article is clearly on the statements he makes about Dr. Dre’s long-awaited third album, Detox. Khalil produced the beat for the album’s first single, “Kush,” but apparently he’s become a pivotal part of the project over the past six years he’s been working on it. Now, after Detox has started to take shape this year through the success of its first two singles, Khalil says Dre is in the “final stretch” of working on it. Let’s hope he’s right! Read the full article here.