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Delayed Dr. Dre, ODB albums on different tracks
One of hip-hop's most delayed albums has a release date (again), while another seems to be tied up indefinitely by a dispute over money. Dr. Dre's long-awaited, eternally postponed Detox has been slated for a September 2007 release -- by none other than Dr. Dre himself. In a short video circulating on the Internet, Dre and producer Bishop Lamont promise that the album is coming. "You see this man right here," Lamont says, gesturing to Dre. "We're
gonna do shameless promotion. Detox. September. This is not make believe." Excuse us if we dismiss it as crying wolf, but haven't we heard this before? Yes,
we have. In 2002, Dre gushed about how excited he was about Detox and even earlier this year, Entertainment Weekly pegged it as one of its most anticipated albums of 2006. So, 2007 would be welcome, but we're still not holding our breath. Meanwhile, ODB's posthumous album might not be released because of a dispute between his estate and Damon Dash. A Son
Unique was supposed to be released Nov. 7, but ODB's former co-manager, Jarred Weisfeld, told the New York Post that Dash owes "a couple hundred thousand more" on the contract to the estate. Dash reportedly paid $1 million for the rights to the album. "If money is still owed to the estate... Mr. Dash does not intend to pay them and will drop his plans to release the record," ODB's widow, Icelene Jones, stated in court papers related to her battle against Weisfeld and ODB's mother and manager, Cherry Jones, for control of the MC's estate.
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