During a conversation with Kevin Hart for Season 3, Episode 3 of the “Heart to Hart” podcast, Dr. Dre revealed the reason for turning down opportunities to work with iconic artists such as Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder.
Dre revealed that he “bowed out a couple of times” from working with Prince and Jackson, adding, “Yea. yeah. They just asked me to work with them and I was just like, ‘What the f**k am I going to do with them?'”
He then told Hart that he enjoys working with lesser-known artists where there is more room to shape and mold their sound versus a superstar artist with a proven track record.
“What the f**k am I going to do with them? Those are my heroes,” he reiterated, and when Hard said, “But You’re Dr. Dre,” the legendary producer shocked the host, saying he recently turned down Stevie Wonder as well.
“My entire life and career has been dealing with and working with new artists. That’s what I like,” Dre said. “Nobody comes in with an agenda. These mother f**kers show up on time.”
“It’s a ball of clay when they walk in the room. You can just form it and do what you want. That’s what I want. Everybody else, especially my heroes, they’re coming in and there’s a set plan as to how the s**t should sound. I can’t explore,” added Dre, who has played a big role in shaping several legendary careers including Eminem and Snoop Dogg.
“I like the way I feel about Stevie, Prince, Michael, Bruce Springsteen, and all of these amazing artists. I like the way I feel about them, and that could change by working with them,” the 7-time Grammy winner said. “These are my heroes. I like the idea of what I grew up listening to [them], and I want to keep it like that. I don’t want to f**k up that idea and that look.”
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