Updated: Jul 17
In the latest interview with Kevin Hart, the Aftermath founder talked about recording ‘The Chronic, N.W.A. passing on Michael Jackson Prince collaborations.
Dr. Dre reveals he turned down working with Michael Jackson, Prince & Stevie Wonder
Watch Hart to Heart Season 3, Episode 3: Dr. Dre
From Jay-Z to Ice Cube, Kevin Hart has had conversations with many of music’s biggest and brightest stars on his Peacock talk show Hart to Heart. For the show’s latest episode.
Dr. Dre shared that he needed to be "talked into" making his classic debut solo album, The Chronic.
“A close friend of mine, we’ll call him D.O.C., talked me into doing the Chronic album,” he reveals. “It wasn’t my decision, I was talked into doing that. I just went in there and went for it because I felt, at that time, it was a life-or-death situation… Back was against the wall. Life or death situation. This record is going to determine whether I’m going to stay in the studio or not.”
Dre said of the difference between his success with N.W.A. and what came with The Chronic in 1992, in a clip first shared via Billboard. “I had to separate myself from [Eazy-E] because he decided to take a different route. [Ice] Cube had already left, so I’m out here on my own. I have absolutely no idea what the fuck I’m gonna do, I just know I have this talent.”
The Compton native detailed how he shifted towards a solo career after NWA. “The difference there was money and business got involved, and it separated the friendship,” Dre tells Hart in a clip. “I had to separate myself from [Eazy-E] because he decided to take a different route. [Ice] Cube had already left, so I’m out here on my own. I have absolutely no idea what the f**k I’m gonna do, I just know I have this talent.”
Watch the rap icon talk about The Chronic above, Straight Outta Compton and more below:
Dr. Dre’s episode of Hart to Heart is now available to stream on Peacock.