Dre says what attracts him to work with young artists is simple: All they need are two main ingredients.
“I’m watching how he walked through the door. The way he sounded, the delivery … all of it turned me on.”
“What I look for first is just the imaging,” Dre said of what made him put Game down. “I’m watching how he walked through the door, and of course, you have to have that talent. The way he sounded, the delivery he had on the microphone, the lyrics, all of it turned me on. Then our personalities clicked in the studio and there it is. It worked. The talent gets you in and the personality keeps you there.”
“When I was a little kid I just admired this man a lot,” Game said with a grin while looking at Dre. “I never thought that I would be sitting here amongst these legends, but I am here now.”
The respect level is so high for his mentor that Game wanted to name his album after the Doc’s former group.
“We had the title of the album slated to be N.W.A,” Game said, “[because] you know, being from Compton and signed to Dr. Dre and just growing up in that N.W.A melting pot when they were putting it down. We had some legal issues with it and so we had to change the name. It’s now The Documentary.
“When I was younger I grew up in a boys home and I was taken away from my parents when I was like 8 years old,” he continued. “Here I am, 24. When my album drops I will be 25 so that’s 17 years I have been going through my struggle by myself. There are 17 tracks on my album and every track sheds light on a different situation I went through the last 17 years.”
Officially, 50 Cent and Dr. Dre are the executive producers of The Documentary, but like all of the albums that fall under the Shady/ Aftermath/ G-Unit umbrella, it’s a collaborative effort, with the family all chipping in to help one another. Eminem likened the crew to a football team.
“It’s about winning the championship as opposed to any individual getting the fame.”
“Let’s say Dre is the coach and I’m playing quarterback and 50 is the receiver, he’s the go-to man right now. Everyone is set up in a place to play that position and it’s more important for us to win overall, you know. It’s about winning the championship as opposed to any individual getting the fame.”
Em says everyone is aware that swelled egos are what leads to empires being reduced to rubble.
“That’s just how sh– falls apart,” he reasoned. “It’s exactly how sh– falls apart, [when] everybody feels like, ‘I’m not getting my shine that I deserve.’ If somebody’s album comes out and it doesn’t do well, whether it’s mine, or 50’s or Obie [Trice's] or whoever’s album, next time we will get them. It’s always that, that’s going to keep us grounded and rooted.”
There isn’t even any fighting over Dre’s beats — there’s no need to.
“Its always something good in there with Dre,” 50 laughed.
“You know what?” Dre explained about how he determines the distribution of his much-coveted tracks, which more often than not turn out to be sure-shot hits. “Whoever is in the studio at the moment or whoever is on the brain at the moment is who the track is going to.”