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411 Music Fact or Fiction: Will Dr. Dre Ever Release Detox?

January 13, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Dr. Dre

Welcome to the 411 Music Fact or Fiction!

Dr. Dre’s Detox will never be released.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Dre may be working on new music but it’s not going to be Detox. He said as much himself. People really need to get over it. It’s not happening.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – I’ve said this before; if the album hasn’t been released by this point, it never will. At least, not in any form that resembles what Detox was supposed to be. There’s every possibility that Dre will eventually release an album that is titled Detox but that doesn’t mean that it is THE Detox that we’ve been hearing about for over ten years now. That album is dead and gone, and I think it’s high time we all realized that.

Radiohead is right to sue Lana Del Rey over ‘Get Free’.

Joseph Lee: FACT – I thought the similarity was vague at best but I guess that’s why I’m not in music. If Radiohead wants to sue, more power to ’em. The fact that she’s considering taking it off her album probably suggests she knows it’s a rip-off in some way.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – This might sound like a cop-out, but my response is essentially “Sure, if they feel like they have a case.” There are very obviously some similar sounds to the “Creep” and “Get Free,” but I’m not ready to say it was definitely intentional infringement. The thing is, as Billboard points out, intent isn’t necessarily a factor in determining if there is legally-actionable infringement. Worth noting is the fact that “Creep” itself was the subject of a lawsuit claiming it infringed on The Hollies’ “The Air That I Breathe” so I don’t know how that will muddy the waters. But yeah, if they felt they had a strong enough case they were right to sue.

The video for Justin Timberlake’s ‘Filthy’ was fun.

Joseph Lee: FACT – It’s hard not to have fun with Justin Timberlake’s music, but luckily the video was strong too.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – I dug the hell out of this video, and “fun” is exactly the right word for it. The effects are great and it has a strong visual aesthetic to it, putting it in the range of some of Timberlake’s more memorable music videos. I really enjoy the song and the video was a nother strong effort from him on that front as well.

SWITCH!

You enjoyed Kendrick Lamar and SZA’s “All the Stars.”

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – It’s certainly not one of my favorite Kendrick tracks, but I liked it well enough. I enjoy the moody ambience to the song and SZA’s vocals are great, although Lamar’s lyrics and flow are the big appeal as per usual. And he’s not at the top of his game here, but still pretty well on point. It’s exactly the kind of song I would expect from a Marvel film soundtrack, which is to say I liked it well enough even if it didn’t blow me away.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Doesn’t seem like it’s really befitting of a superhero movie but maybe that’s just me. Either way, it’s a solid track and I enjoy Lamar’s lyrics. Could do without the autotune stuff though.

Cardi B and Bruno Mars’ ‘Finesse’ remix was not as good as the original.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – I’m still not hugely familiar with Cardi B, but from what I’ve heard there isn’t a lot that she makes better by her contributions. I know she has her fans and more power to them, but I’m not one of them. The original version of the song is pretty classic Bruno Mars, with a strong Michael Jackson aesthetic that works. That’s not entirely lost in the remix, but Cardi’s verses distract from it and make it far less effective as a result. Yeah, I wasn’t big on the remix.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Bruno Mars is a talented enough entertainer that he doesn’t really need guest verses bringing his tracks down. That’s exactly what Cardi B does, bringing her sub-Nicki Minaj (and Nicki Minaj isn’t even good) quality to an otherwise decent track.

Jack White’s “Connected by Love” was a solid return track.

Jeremy Thomas: FICTION – I love Jack White, but I don’t think the electronic aesthetic of “Connected By Love” did him any favors. There’s a bit of decent stuff in here, to be fair. White’s vocals are always so expressive and that’s no different here. Lyrically it’s okay, if not great. But the sound just seems like a really odd clash. I may come to appreciate it more in future listenings, because that happens with White sometimes. But my first couple listen-throughs left me unimpressed.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Well, I liked it. It’s far from White’s best material but I tend to enjoy everything he does, and love the fact he’s willing to experiment in so many different styles. Dude truly is fearless in the realm of music.

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