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DJ Quik and Too Short best of 91 Rap Sheet
DJ Quik talks about Niggaz4Life

Hereīs a interesting interview with scarface. They talk about Dre,the Niggaz4Life album and some tracks dre has done with Last Poets(?)

Dr.Dre interview in Rap Sheet

Well,this dude says heīs the OG source for these scans. ????? anyways prop him to.
the source with the gun to his head is my pictures (thats my blue couch that the mag was laying on), they came from the old cocaine blunts boards when i was a mod there.

I jacked this from Jakob the Danish Viking! Prop him!
Someone will prolly like this  8)

Damn this is some good shit, I remember that Mr. Officer song was supposed to be on the album, but it didn't make it I think it was released on Death Row Chronic 2000 but they changed it up...

They talk about Dr.Dre's "Mr.Officer" track in this thread;

Snoop Dogg & Dubcnn - The Interview: Part 4 (Jan. '07)
Dubcnn: *laughs* Alright! Now we got another throwback question! Many people know that the song "Mr. Officer (Crooked Officer)", which appeared on the Geto Boys album, was going to be a song from the Chronic. How did it end up on the Geto Boys album?

Basically, that song... Big Mike had created that song! It was a Convict song, the group was called the Convicts! Big Mike and Lord 3-2, that was the act from Houston that Suge was gonna sign. Actually, Big Mike had created that song "Mr. Officer", we did that song late night one night, me, Lord 3-2, Big Mike and Warren G had produced it. So Dr. Dre heard it, flipped it, took it, made it his shit, but then he didn't really like it like that. Big Mike took it back to Rap-A-Lot, and the Geto Boys did it, cause he was the new Geto Boy. Does it make sense now?

Dubcnn: Yeah, I guess. Shit, I still would like to hear that version though, it probably don't even exist anymore, huh.

Shit, it probably exists! But who owns the masters to all that Death Row shit? It's a bunch of songs that we did that was dope as fuck that never came out that nobody never heard, that used to just be party classics! And I say that because Dre used to have parties every friday at his house, and we had certain records that we would just play strictly at these parties! And they never made them real records, we just did the songs in the back, and whenever the party got cracking we popped this record on, and muthafuckas would get to grooving! Bam, boom, that just was a party classic!

Crooked Officer Geto Boys  NOT produced by Dr.Dre
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The Chronic Source review

Paradise down with my nigga review in The Source
Whatīs the remix theyīre talking about?

The Firm review Rap Pages dec 97 page 94


Snoop Doggystyle review;


The Chronic 2001 add in The Source

Barnes was so afraid for her life,she hired Rook of the Boo-Yaa Tribe as a bodyguard because the bulky samoan crew were "the only people that anyone was scared of,",Caise said. "They are wonderful,good,down folks,but if fuck with them they will kill your whole family."

I will re-scan the blurry images
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« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007, 07:37:48 AM »
i've got the copy of rolling stone somewhere, ill have to dig it out and scan it for ya

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« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007, 12:02:21 PM »
Massive Feature on Dr.Dre In Scratch


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« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 06:18:28 PM »
the source with the gun to his head is my pictures (thats my blue couch that the mag was laying on), they came from the old cocaine blunts boards when i was a mod there.

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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2007, 03:45:53 PM »
This is a smart idea for a thread, good work peeps.

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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2007, 07:55:21 PM »
Dude set fire to his own house????? lmao

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« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2007, 07:37:44 PM »
The D.O.C interview in Murder Dog Vol.10 NO.1, 50 Cent cover

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« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2007, 08:32:06 PM »
Check this Chronic 2001 review in Murder Dog. They gave it 3.5/5 WOW!


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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2007, 09:16:57 PM »
Knocīturnal interview Murder Dog Vol.9 NO.2, Nelly cover


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« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2007, 10:17:34 PM »
thanks man alot of tite interviews +1 8)

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« Reply #10 on: November 02, 2007, 03:30:49 AM »
nice job chad, but can you also upload page 76 of MURDER DOG vol.10? apparently that's where the interview with the D.O.C. starts.

and lol at that bullshit 2001 review; i wonder if they actually listened to the chronic and 2001  :laugh:


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« Reply #11 on: November 02, 2007, 04:10:43 AM »
Chronic only got 4 and a half mics at first???

Doggystyle only got 4 mics at first?????

wow FUCK THE SOURCE  biased ass new york motherfuckers

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« Reply #12 on: November 02, 2007, 07:42:35 AM »
nice job chad, but can you also upload page 76 of MURDER DOG vol.10? apparently that's where the interview with the D.O.C. starts.


....and lol at that bullshit Chronic 2001 review; i wonder if they actually listened to the The Chronic and Chronic 2001?  :laugh:

Murder Dog is a quite funny magazine,itīs so unprofesional and subjective.
But as long as accept those facts itīs all good,you can see itīs made by die hard hard music lovers.
Thatīs what I love about it,the interviews usually goes mad in depths with artists.
As far as that review goes,remember this is supposed to be a "underground" magazine.
So in their biased ass opinion they probably tought the Dre album wasnīt "gangster" enough,ha,ha.
But since their reviews never ainīt objective,I never take their reviews serious.  :laugh:
The Source at least "try" to be objective in their own way,thatīs another story.
If anyone want to discuss The Source magazines reviews,head over here;
Open letter to The Source Mag.about your reviews and ratings of West Coast

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Re: Dr.Dre Magazine Scans thread. *Interviews,reviews etc.*
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major major major mothafuckin' propz for this thread  8)

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« Reply #15 on: November 02, 2007, 03:28:21 PM »
Eminem interview in Rap Pages June 99. Eminem cover.
Em talks about Dre,so check it out.


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« Reply #16 on: November 02, 2007, 05:10:32 PM »
Tim Dog interview in The Bomb magazine from San Fransisco,september 93,Issue 22
Tim Dog talks about a boxing match Dr.Dre flaked from. WTF?


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« Reply #17 on: November 02, 2007, 07:27:49 PM »
Check this shit; Dr.Dre DJing for Cube under a show back in 94.
4080 Hip Hop Magazine. NO.19,December 94. Paris cover


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Snoop Dogg interview Murder Dog Vol.5 NO.6



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« Reply #19 on: November 03, 2007, 03:37:43 AM »
damn i really wonder what that Mr.Officer track would sound like; anyway, these interviews are interesting, hopefully somebody will upload the interview dre did right after he left death row ( i think it as with the source).

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« Reply #20 on: November 03, 2007, 05:09:07 AM »
damn i really wonder what that Mr.Officer track would sound like; anyway, these interviews are interesting, hopefully somebody will upload the interview dre did right after he left death row ( i think it as with the source).

He did a couple of interviews. I got them,so will up them when I come a cross them.

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« Reply #21 on: November 03, 2007, 06:09:21 PM »

Snoop Dogg; Top Dogg review in Murder Dog. Volume 6,Number 3, BG cover


298 The Firm review in Rap Pages December 1997


214 Snoop Dogg; Top Dogg review in The Source July 1999 NO.118


209 Dr.Dre; Chronic 2001 review in The Source January 2000 NO.124


308 Dr.Dre; Aftermath Compilation review in Rap Pages February 1997


311 Knocīturnal; Knocīs landin review in The Source May 2002


The D.O.C; No One Can Do It Better review in XXL May 2004 NO.58


King T review in The Source September 1998 NO.108


KnocīTurnal; Knocīs Landinīreview in XXL June 2002 NO.37


The D.O.C; Deuce review in The Source April 2002 NO.151


Eazy-E; Eazy Duz It review Hip Hop Connection November 1989 NO.10


NWA; Straight Outta Compton review Hip Hop Connection October 1989 NO.9


39 Doggystyle review Hip Hop Connection


Michelle review Hip Hop Connection April 1990 NO.15


This review is a little "important",at this time they LOVE NWA,
but then critics went hard on gangster rap.
So by the time Niggaz4Life dropped,the rave NWA we was used too went "fuck this garbage".
Will post some Niggaz4Life,so you can read for yourself.

NWA; 100 Miles and Runnin review in Hip Hop Connection. October 1990 # 21



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« Reply #22 on: November 04, 2007, 12:54:43 PM »
The D.O.C interviews

The D.O.C interview YO! June 92


The D.O.C  interview in The Source October 1995 NO.73

^^^ Hereīs one of The D.O.C interviews I was talking about  ;) Dre-Day^^^


Conspiracy Interview with The D.O.C. Part 1
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Conspiracy Interview with The D.O.C. Part 2
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Conspiracy Interview with The D.O.C. Part 3
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Murder Dog Magazine interview with The D.O.C

Interview with DOC By Charlie Braxton

Because of your association with NWA, a lotta people assume that you’re from the West Coast, but you’re really from the South.
Yeah. I’m from Dallas, Texas….West Dallas Projects to be exact.

What was it like growing up in West Dallas Projects?
Growing up in Dallas was pretty cool.
Drugs and stuff hadn’t really gotten to Dallas when I started becoming a young adult
so I didn’t see a lotta of the crazy shit that went on later in life.
I spent a lot of time as a youth staying inside. I was a reader back then.
I wasn’t selling, I wasn’t gang-banging or doing none of that kind of shit.
I just spent a lotta time reading books.

That explains why you were so good with words. What did you read back then?
I read pretty much whatever I could get my hands on…books outta school.
By the time I reached High school I took to reading the dictionary because I didn’t go to school,
I needed to sound intelligent so that people would think that I was at school.
So I would use words from the dictionary on my parents so that it would appear that I was very studious,
when in actuality, hell, I hadn’t even been to school that day.

What kept you out of school?
School and me didn’t really get along.
I was a natural born comedian and I’m a very inquisitive person and I’m not a follower, I’m a leader.
So if you tell me,for instance,that Christopher Columbus discovered
America then it’s my nature to ask you how can he discover some place where folks are already at.
Now when you’re in school they ain’t gonna accept no shit like that.
I was always bucking the system and kids would get a kick out of it.
I would always go to the office a lot so I was sort of an outcast in high school.
I was a loner all through high school.

While you were playing hooky from school, what did you do?
Just sorta walked around. If there were other kids out there fucking off, I’d hang with these kids.
By the time I got to high school there were a whole lot of white kids so I’d hang with these cats while they’d skate around and shit.

Texas is known for producing a lot of Blues musicians. What kind of music did your parents listen to when you were coming up?

My family listened to the Blues. But my father has a beautiful singing voice. The guy used to sing all the time.
When I first started this I used to sing just like my father. This was back when I had my voice.
But my father has a beautiful, beautiful voice. He used to sing Nat King Cole around the house all the time.
I remember that as a kid.
In fact, he had a big influence on me back then. He’s the reason why I speak so well, because he spoke well.
He annunciates his words real clearly. Even though he’s from the South you can’t tell by the way he speaks.
My love of music comes from him.
I think that in his heart of hearts he always wanted to be in show business
because he would always remind me of how he was out on the corner doing his doo wop thing, singing with his homeboys.
I don’t think that it would have been very easy for a nigga back then to even consider doing music in Dallas.
The world may have gotten in front of his dream.
I think that a lot of my getting into show business may have something to do with him.

What was your first exposure to Rap music?
My first exposure was "Rapper’s Delight." That was the first I’d ever heard of Rap. It kinda seeped into me slowly.
When I heard it I didn’t go, "oh, that’s what I wanna do. I wanna rap." No, it wasn’t like that.
Back then I was a young guy and it was what it was. I remember "Apache Jump on It"….I used to play that song all the time.
But I really kinda got serious when Run DMC came on the scene. Run had everything I wanted.
Naw, let me take that back—Run had everything I had, in my opinion.
He had the same vocal styling,the same command in his voice, whatever the fuck he was saying,he meant that shit.
I emulated this guy a lot. I also wanted to be like DMC. Then I discovered this guy named KRS-1 who was the teacher.
I checked out LL Cool J, who was the young rebel, and then Slick Rick, who was a great storyteller.
But in the midst of all that I heard this guy named Rakim, who ignited in me the kind of fury that you never let go.

How did you come up with the name D.O.C.?
It was so funny and so spiritual how it all came together.
When Dre was in a group called the World Class Wreckin’ Crew--
this was before I met Dre, I met Dre later on—Dre had a song on one of the Wreckin’ Crew album called "Surgery."
My given name is Tracy and my friends call me Tray.
When that song came out whenever we playing around that’s what people would say, Dr Dre.
When I started rapping, I used to call myself Dr. T. Then T went to Doc T.
When I finally got with NWA I figured we’re all in this bitch together if y'all got periods then I got periods.
Y’all N.W.A., now I’m D.O.C.

What was going on in the early hip hop scene in Dallas?
Krush Groove was my earliest memories of the Fila Fresh Crew.
It was around the time that Krush Groove came out that me and a guy named Curtis used to rap.
He used to rap and talk about me on the corners in the projects, just rapping on like how niggas do the dozens, ya know.
He used to do that shit on me. Eventually I got sick of shit so I started doing the shit back to him.
And surprisingly,because I was so good at fucking around with words and other shit,
I was pretty goddamn good at the shit off the bat.
And people started to say damn, you’re pretty goddamn good.
Once a motherfucker start giving you confidence, you feel like well, shit…And that’s what I ended up doing.
I was like writing five and six hours a day. I was writing everyday. All the Fila Fresh Crew shit, I wrote it.
All the stuff that everybody else said on the album I wrote it because I wanted it to be perfect.

Who were the members of the Fila Fresh Crew?
There were three of us in those days. It was me, Curtis, Fresh K and a DJ from the West Coast who had just moved to Dallas.
His name was Dr. Rock. He had a Saturday night mix show. Before he came to Dallas he was in a DJ group with Dr Dre.
That is how me and Dre met and ended up working together.
Dre had came down here to be a guest DJ on this guy’s show and Dre heard me rap and
he pulled me to the side and told me in one of those classic Dr. Dre tones that I was the best muthafucka he had ever heard rapping.
He said that I’d come back with him to California and that in a year we’d both be rich.
And about six or seven months later, the shit ended up happening.

Was Dre a member of NWA at the time?
Naw, NWA hadn’t quite formed just yet.
They were making records then, but it was real underground and it was real street so it wasn’t concrete yet.
As a matter of fact, right before I got there the original members of what was called
NWA started breaking off and doing their own thing.
A guy named Arabian Prince ended up just getting kicked to the curb, I think.
Cube was going to school because I don’t think that it wasn’t quite panning out.
The Boys in tha Hood record was just slowly starting to make noise underground, but the gel hadn’t really come together yet.
That’s the reason why you never saw me in pictures or muthafuckas never really talked about me.
They were really serious about their group.
Probably because niggas had been coming in and out their group and
they finally just decided that this is going to be it right here, goddamn it, nobody else.

Did Dre have plans to make you a member of NWA?

It was their intention all along to make you a solo act?
Yes. I am a solo act. I’m not a member of that group…although I am, I’m not.
I was meant to be a solo artist in this bitch.
My time was coming and when it came I was going to go home and start my own situation like NWA.
That was my plan.

Did you write any of the early NWA stuff?
Most of that early NWA shit, I help write.
Songs like "Boys in the Hood" and the four other songs that were done on the EP were done before I got there—
"I Got My Radio" and a few others—but those were the only NWA songs that were done before I got there.

You’re saying that you wrote some of Straight Outta Compton?
I wrote most of Straight Outta Compton.

What about NWA & the Posse?
Most of that was all older shit mixed in with Fila Fresh Crew shit.
All of that was before I got to LA. Really all of that shit was before NWA, the group that you know today.
All that shit was really before we got together.
It wasn’t until Eazy E’s first record, We Want Eazy, I think it was called, that NWA became the NWA that you know.

What songs on Eazy’s album did you write?
"We Want Eazy," the title track for his video, "Still Talking Shit" and a couple of more songs on Eazy’s record.
I wrote all of Eazy’s parts on the NWA records as well as being the extra set of ears for
Dr. Dre because I was the only person that he really trusted.
Back in those days Dre really trusted my ears.

I read somewhere that Eazy offered you a gold chain for your publishing, is that true?
No, he didn’t offer me a gold chain.
This was when the Eazy record had been out and the NWA record was getting ready to come out.
We all had been working real hard. Those guys were starting to get benefits from it and I hadn’t started to get no money.
And they’re buying big dookie gold chains and all of that. I was talking to Eric like, yeah man, what’s up?
I want some gold too. And he tells me,
"I’ll tell you what,if you sell me the publishing on the songs that you wrote on this,this and this I’ll give you whatever you want."
Now me being an 18-19 year old ,I didn’t know what the hell publishing was so I told him
"Yeah, give me that chain, give me that watch and that ring."
I took about five thousand dollars in jewelry and give him about a million bucks worth of publishing.

When did you all started working on your record No One Can Do It Better?
After we put out the Eazy E record and the NWA Straight Outta Compton we started working on my record.
It was the natural progression. I was the best thing that we had in that camp, so that’s what we were going to put out.
Michele’s record was supposed to come out before mine, but we ended working on mine.
And then Above the Law’s album even came out before Michele’s did.

The first time I heard your lead single "Funky Enough" I thought that you were from Jamaica.
You know that song was a sample of "Misdemeanor" from the Sylvers. I always thought that the song had a Jamaican feel to it.
I had been begging Dre to sample that goddamn song for at least a month.
But there was no place on the record that you could sample so he would shoot me down.
But I would beg the guy and beg the guy and he finally sampled it.
When he got the beat done, I had been in there drinking all day, so when I got under the headphones the shit sounded Jamaican.
Dre went like, "Since you’re in the booth why don’t you go on and give us a level on it?"
I said to myself, since the shit sound Jamaican, I’m gonna give it a Jamaican feel because it sounds Jamaican to me.
I did the whole song in one take and we never changed it.

Can we talk a little bit about the accident that altered your voice?
We were doing two videos, "The Formula" video and the Beautiful but Deadly" video one weekend.
It was like eighteen hour days for both videos.
It was like being at a party for two days straight and then trying to drive home drunk
—that’s really what happened—and I didn’t make it.
What’s really funny about that particular video, "The Formula,"
was me being put together from pieces in some hospital and the next day they would be doing that shit for real.
That’s some crazy shit for real.

When you woke and found out that you weren’t able to speak, for a rapper that has to be devastating…
It started a ten year healing process that I wouldn’t understand for years to come.
Anything that a muthafucka tried to tell me or any help that a muthafucka tried to
give me or words of wisdom that a muthafuka was trying to give me, I probably wasn’t accepting it.
You’re right, I think that shit hurt me deeper than words can ever say.

What was the turning point that made you decide that you had to go on with your life?
Sylvia Rhone, she’s the big wig at Elektra, who I was signed to through Ruthless, was encouraging me,
as well as Jerry Heller and Eazy E, to keep going. You gotta make another record.
I felt that my confidence in myself had been diminished because the golden throat—I was the kid with golden voice,
I said it in my records. That was the crowning thing, my vocal tone. I could do things with my voice that you can’t even imagine.
And I hadn’t begun to show you anything yet. Man, I had more confidence than I had brains.
But after the accident Dre said to me one day that if it were up to him, he wouldn’t do it.
He said, "DOC them muthafuckas call you the greatest ever and I’d go out like that."
Hearing those words from Dre, who is the person I most respected in the music business period,
when he said that it made sense to me. I know when he said that shit, he’s not speaking from jealousy or envy.
He’s not speaking from a plastic place, he really cares about me.
He’s giving me the real shit, the shit that I really don’t want to hear. I heard him and I understood.
He said, " You got a really good thing going up here. You’re writing all these songs that are worth a lotta money.
Keep your ass up in here and keep working until you figure out what the fuck you want to do."
So that’s what I did.

Tell us about the transition from Ruthless to Death Row.
Me and Suge had been working together for a while.

Was Suge Knight your bodyguard?
He was more like a friend of mine.
They say he was a bodyguard, but I never paid the muthafucka no money for body guarding me.
He was just a friend really, a guy who hung around. We went places, we kicked it.
We had started trying to do business together right before the wreck.
As I remember it, DJ Quik was supposed to be coming in, some guys named Penthouse…

The Penthouse Player’s Click?
Yeah. I was trying to get these young guys and a female artist named Ms. Handling.
I was trying to hook up with the producer named Erotic D.
I talked Suge into getting him up there and we were going to start our own thing.
But, like I said, I had just had the wreck so my mind is gone now. I can’t think. I wasn’t real clear.
All I was trying to do was be drunk all the time, hang out and cause trouble.
Me and Suge were talking and we knew we needed Dre to make this thing work.
We had already went through my little contract, Suge and I and other lawyers and found out that I was not fairly being compensated. With that information, I went to Dre and I started having conversations with him about him and I doing our own thing.
If Eazy’s fucking me then he’s probably doing it to you too. He’s fucking Cube and dada dada da.
I just got those kinds of dialogue started. When we looked into Dre’s shit, sure enough, his shit was kinda flimsy too.
Now what Eazy should have did at that point, he should’ve said,
"OK Dre, fuck this shit.
What we need to do is get in this muthafucka and start it over and make it up so we’re all happy and we all breaking bread."
But no, what Eazy did was the classic nigga thing.
He said hey, this is my shit and I don’t give a fuck. It’s gone go like it’s gone go.
But what that did was separate Eazy E and Dre.
Now that’s really all that Suge and me needed to get Dre to come on in where we at because
Dre knew that a lot of that creative shit came outta me.
He knew that he’s not gonna be able to sit in the studio with Eric and come up with this shit.
So he comes over here and we get the idea that we gonna start our own label.
We’re gone split the shit 50/50. And Suge is gonna help us administrate and do business.
That’s where all of that shit started from.

Initially, you all moved into the Solaar building and started recording The Chronic?
Yep, that’s what happened. We started having meetings with this guy Dick Griffy, who was like an older Suge.
I’ve heard stories about Dick Griffy being the big bad wolf during his day.
verybody niggas like folks in the magazines would have you to believe, but the muthafuckas are sharks.
They on their Ps and Qs. They got good business sense.
They know how to deal with the powers that be, because the music business is a big, big, big game.
And trust me, they’ll never tell you the ins and outs, but there are a few niggas who know.
Well, Dick Griffy was one of them kinda niggas who knew and Suge was an up-and-comin nigga like that.

Recreate those days when you all were working on The Chronic?
When you make a classic record the majority of the time it’s just fun. That’s all it is.
Like the Straight Outta Compton record, the Eazy record, the Chronic record,
the 2001 record and now this record I’m doing right now, it all follows the same formula—
just having fun and don’t settle for shit that ain’t the shit.
I don’t give a fuck if you’re my greatest friend, while we in the studio all I wanna hear is dope shit.
If you ain’t bringing dope shit to the table then goddamn it you need to move over and let somebody else bring it.
We’re trying to make hits around this muthafucka. That was our saying back in the beginning, all hits and no bullshit.
That’s what we want.

I heard that you and Big Mike helped coached Snoop, is that true?
It’s kinda hard to coach somebody into greatness.
All I did was the same thing that I’m doing for my new artist 6’2,
it’s just a matter of making your concepts, your neighborhood stories, what’s going on in your life and making them Joe Q. Public. Understand it and be able to deal with it and be able to relate to some of the shit you’re saying,
even though some of the shit you’re saying may be wild as a muthafucka.
But you’re not creating the scenarios, these are scenarios that exists.
So it’s just a matter of me helping those guys, for lack of a better phrase,
make the White man understand what they were talking about.

What is your formula for writing a good lyric?
When you mess around with a DOC song then what you’re basically getting is a book that lasts about four minutes.
It’s a story. It has to have a beginning, a middle and an end. It has to all tie together.
It’s just like a movie whether it be a drama, a comedy or a comeback story like Rocky.
Everybody wants Rocky to win. Go Rocky.
He was beating the shit outta Mr. T and we didn’t give a fuck about Mr. T. And we Black!
We was suppose to been saying kick his ass, but we want Rocky to win, because that’s a part of the story.

Drama is a major part of the story for you?
They say all the time that sex and violence sells.

Speaking of sex and violence, rap music came under great fire during your hey day.
You were one of the major forces behind the music that was being vilified. How did you feel about that?

You’re talking about a nineteen year old kid caught up in a whirlwind of shit that was going on.
And everybody in the society, they’re gonna naturally take their position on any given subject.
And you know America loves to dance so if you give them something to
bite into then every politician and their mama is going to be outside on the street.
They didn’t like the word nigga. What the fuck!
That word’s been around for fifty-thousand years and now all of a sudden you
want to get out into the street and protest because I said it on a record!?
What the fuck is wrong with y’all? It’s muthafuckas starving outside right now! What are you all doing about that?
But you wanna jump your big head ass in front of any video camera that you can find and express your opinion about my music.
Well your opinion is a beautiful thing, that why it’s called America. We love it.
But don’t expect us to see the world through your eyes because as many people as it is on this planet,
there is as many opinions and as many assholes.

How many records did you work on with Death Row?
I left after Snoop’s first record. Doggystyle was the last thing that I ever fucked with…

What made you leave?
It was just time. It had gotten to the point to where I could hear the people talking.
Like I remember being at the "Murder Was The Case" video screening that they had for Snoop Dogg.
We were at big ass movie theatre. I was sitting on one side of a curtain and
two people were sitting on the other side and I knew they were talking about me.
And the shit that they were saying about me was not even cool.
And if those two people thought that way, imagine who the fuck else thought like that.

Who were these people? Were they important figures at Death Row?
Naw, they weren’t important figures at Death Row, but they were people close to the circle because of Dre.
Most of the people who came to that circle came because they wanted to be around Dre for what he could do.
They had nothing but negative shit to say. And it wasn’t about my performance, a lot of it was personal.
You know they thought I was a weak person because I never got no money from Death Row and
everybody else is riding around in Benzs and this and that.
From that moment on, I started thinking I’m not growing anymore here. I’m actually dying up here.

Are you saying that you wrote songs for The Chronic and Doggystyle and you didn’t get any compensation whatsoever?

How were you surviving?
In those days I would simply go to Dr. Dre and say I need five grand, now go see your people.
I was living with Dre then and I had no need, no monetary need whatsoever.
I was eating the greatest meals everyday, living the life.
But I had no direction—didn’t know where was I going or why was I going.
I’d been writing this song for an album that he was thinking about doing called "Heltah Skeltah"…

I remember that it was supposed to be the Ice and Dr. Dre album but it never came out…
Yeah, one of the reasons why it never surfaced was because I stole the idea and shot it out there first.

That was your second solo album…
Right. The songs that I had written were on that album.
I had started writing it just from hearing Dre talking about it.
He and Cube were gonna do a record, it was gonna be called Heltah Skeltah,
this is what it’s going to be about, so I started putting together music.
And then Dre heard the song and I hadn’t told him that I had written the song for him,
but his first thing was "Hey, you need to let me get that song up out ya."
And the shit just hit me so cold I was like fuck that, man I’m not doing this shit no more.
Fuck that. If I’m gone write this shit, I’m gone rap this shit.
So I moved out to Atlanta and stayed with a friend just to clear my head.

Heltah Skeltah was some deep dark stuff.
Yep. It was all based on an idea that Dre and them was working on: anarchy…the end of the world kind of theory.
And my life was in a twist, my life was in the toilet bowl at that time,
so it was real easy for me to go and see the darkest, the most nasty.
It was easy for me to see the shit in the world at that time, because I was in a world of shit.
I was starting to do drugs real heavy then. I couldn’t get a grip on nothing man. I didn’t know what to do.
I don’t know if any of those people around me knew what the fuck I was doing.
I was basically dying up there man and I was too ashamed to come home.

What made you turn your life around?
It was a process. Shit, it’s like being an alcoholic. It was around the time I met 6’2 in 97.
I heard this nigga bust and I had just won this law suit so I had a lot of money. I met him through Erotic D.
I had been blessed to have been a student of one of the greatest producers ever, so when I heard him I knew it.
I had money in my pocket and I said I’m going to go get this guy and I did.
I did a couple of more songs on him with the money I had. And then I took it to LA and let Dre hear it and he said, this it.

Tell us about your new label and the album Deuce?
The new label is called Silverback Records and so far we’ve got five or six artist. All of them are solo artists.
And with the connections that I been able to accumulate and the knowledge that
I have acquired and the talent that I’ve assembled there ain’t nothing that we can’t do, not nothing.
A lotta of the songs on this new Duce record is on some old NWA shit. I did that on purpose.
Some of that shit that we did was because that was the mind frame that we were in at the time.
It may have been drugs, drinking, fucking hoes…you know whatever. I didn’t make that up.
That was going on before I got corrupted by it. But I’m a spiritual guy, always have been.
I was never no gangsta gangsta kinda nigga, though I am one of the most
important parts of that shit coming to light musically, that’s not in my nature. I’m a good guy. I love my mama.
Some of this stuff I could never say around my mama.
Some of this stuff I would never want my mama to hear, but these are records. This is my job.

I notice that you do some rapping on this album, what plans do you have for yourself as an artist?
I have plans. I have serious plans in the back of my mind to separate myself from any rapper in the history of rap music.

You’re saying there will be another DOC album?
Yes, there will be one and it will fuck you up because the idea is fucking me up.

Can you talk about it?
No, but you’re getting pieces of it on this record. You see it’s all been a confidence thing.
When people hear me rapping on this Deuce album they say I sound good.
That’s the trip part about it I’ve been going through ten years of opening my mouth and
people say damn, nigga you sound fucked up or you go to the grocery store and
the ladies say that’s okay baby you ain’t got to talk no more I see your hit is fucked up.
Psychologically, that’s draining.
But nowadays when people hear my voice there like, ooh your voice sounds so distinct, it so this, it’s so that.
So it’s not a real issue now.

The D.O.C's resume;,+The

Interview With A Legend: The D.O.C. On Dubcnn;
Interview With A Legend: The D.O.C. On Dubcnn thread;
EROTIC D and the D.O.C.
The D.O.C video’s from No One Can Do It Better and Helter Skelter;


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Re: Dr.Dre Magazine Scans thread. *Interviews,reviews etc.*
« Reply #23 on: November 04, 2007, 01:01:51 PM »
Dr.Dre interview in Spice! #21


241 Dr.Dre 1 interview in The Source June 1996 NO.82

thereīs a couple of you that have been waiting for this interview.....
So finally here it is  ;)


"NWA" interview in The Source April 2000 NO.127.


Aftermath interview in XXL March 2003 NO.45


Aftermath interview part 2 in XXL May 2004 NO.58


Dr.Dre interview 1 Hip Hop Connection June 1994 NO.64


and the interview with GQ Magazine ( the scans aren't mine; credit goes to Misterx from


NWA interview 1 Hip Hop Connection July 1990 NO.18


Dr.Dre Scratch magazine Volume 1 Summer 2004

Check out Dre on the drums;


Dre doesnīt say much interesting other than that heīs going to produce Rose Royce next album.

Dr.Dre interview in Hip Hop Connection August 1990. # 19 Ice Cube cover.jpg


Dr.Dre and Ice Cube talks about Helter Skelter in The Source 93,Rap Pages 94 and Hip Hop Connection 94
The Source September 93 #48
The Source:

Since Dre's break-up with Eazy,there has been speculation about a reunion between he Ice Cube. Dre confirms the rumours. "We planned on doing this a long time ago,but we had to go through all the drama and shit." We got a chance to come together. Everybody's heads are on straight and the offer is,uhh...a nice amount of money." The album is tentatively titled Helter Skelter and will be realeased on Death Row Records. Dre plans to share production duties with Cube's camp. "You Don't Want To See Me" the project's first single,features a guest appearance by George Clinton.

Cube said this in Rap Pages 03.94
RP:What's up with the Helter Skelter project?
Cube:The Helter Skelter project had 2 be put on hold. Now it's about 2 get right back into effect. We had did one record called "You Don't Want To See Me",& we had 2 stop because Dre had to concentrate on Snoop's record.
RP:Is Ren a part of Helter Skelter?
Cube:I don't know,I talk 2 Ren too. That brother signed with the Nation Of Islam. I'm real happy with that brother because he's the last one who I thought would ever change. But I know he's gonna be a strong soldier

Dr.Dre interview in Hip Hop Connection June 1994.
….The much anticipated collaboration with Ice Cube, “Helter Skelter”. “It’s gonna be the biggest rap album of all time,” predicts a confident Dre.
     When it became known that Dre and Cube were going to work together again, rumours started flying round of an N.W.A reunion. Dre is amused at the suggestion.
     “There was never gonna be a N.W.A reunion. It was just me and Cube. We where in an interview clowning around, and that came out and the next thing you know it’s in every fucking newspaper. That the album was gonna be Niggaz Without Eazy. But there was never any reunion planned or nothing like that. We’re gonna try and get Ren on a couple of songs, but there was never any talk of a N.W.A reunion.”
      So despite the exchange of disses back and forth between Dre and Cube over the last couple of years, this obviously hasn’t damaged their working relationship?
       “Me and Cube have always been cool. We said something about him and he came back with his record; but there wasn’t no real beef. As matter of fact, we went out one time and he told me what he was gonna do. I was like ‘okay, whatever’.


Dr.Dre's version why RBX left Death Row;
The Source September 93 #48
The Source:

But RBX,who sets shit off on "High Powered" jumped ship just as Death Row began to move into their new offices. When The Source Matty C received a fax from Disney's Hollywood Basic announcing they'd signed RBX,he called Suge. According to Suge,he'd heard of no such thing.
I ask Dre about RBX..."Ehh...that's my boy,me and him are cool...I don't know." he pauses briefly. "He been having those mothafuckas running up in his ear. See it's like this,when RBX came down,that's Snoop's cousin you know..." He decides to end it there,remembering what words can do when exchanged in public. I ask if RBX's deal with Hollywood Basic is official. "Naw,legally he still with me. I'm just gonna wait to see what happens." He decides to continue.
     "Soon as he blew up,soon as my record came out,you got a gang of mothafuckas talkin' about what they should be doing,where they should be,what they should have. Mothafuckas that didn't give a fuck about 'im before the record came out."
But isn't that what N.W.A went trough? "Naw,my shit was real. My business was fucked up. I'm not fucking over my people. Cuz I been on that side so I know what they expect and what they want. You keep the artist happy and there won't be no problems. Snoop is like my little brother yaknowwhatimsayin'? I'm just watching everybody's back. Everybody knows I've been in the industry a long time they know I know what I'm talkin about. So they listen to me. And I love them for that,because they trust my judgement."

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Re: Dr.Dre Magazine Scans thread. *Interviews,reviews etc.*
« Reply #24 on: November 04, 2007, 01:26:51 PM »
thanks for the interview scans  :) never knew dre recorded 30-35 songs for the chronic (too bad we will never be able to listen to the leftovers).
anyway, about the D.O.C. interview from "Yo!"; the D.O.C. says that he still continues to write for N.W.A. so i guess the interview is originally from 91, but it was published later?

he's talking about working on dre's first solo album though, so i guess it was supposed to be released through ruthless at first or am i wrong?
dre obviously wanted his own label, but before he left ruthless, his label was going to be distributed by ruthless records(that was the plan) if i remember correctly