Dr. Dre announced to World Entertainment News Network this week that he’s taking some time off from making music in order to spend more time with his family.
According to Dre, he plans to take a break as soon as he’s done producing music for Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar, two artists signed to his Aftermath label. “The longest I’ve ever been out of the studio in 27 years is two weeks,” he commented.
Of course, Dre’s sudden hiatus comes as a huge (yet somewhat expected) disappointment to fans eagerly awaiting the release of his third proper album, Detox. Since production began on Detox in 2002 following the success of Dre’s second album, 1999’s The Chronic 2001, its release has been delayed again and again, similar to the drawn-out waiting period for Guns n’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy. Though two singles from Detox have been released, “Kush” and “I Need a Doctor” and the album is reputedly being mixed, there’s no sign of any other album details.
Dre has pledged to retire from rapping once Detox is officially released, but with a hiatus now imminent, it’s anyone’s guess when that will be.