The West Coast production legend spoke on recording with the late Tupac Shakur recently.
Dr. Dre worked with some of the seminal figures of late 80s and 90s Californian rap, during his time producing at Death Row Records. Tupac and Dre worked together on numerous occasions in the hey day of West Coast gangsta rap. Amongst the tracks that Dre produced for Tupac was the classic, California Love.
Now, in an interview, taken for Ice-T’s documentary, Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap, Dre has spoken extensively on the experience of working in the studio with the late Tupac Shakur.
Dre explained that Pac has an incredible ability to create material at a very rapid rate.
"It was incredible. I remember being in the studio with Pac and he actually went into the mic booth to write, and I was like, OK, that's different. So I'm in the control room and he writes the lyrics, 'Aight, I'm ready!' He spits 'California Love,' one or two takes. Like, 'Aight, put the next thing up.' And he would just sit in the booth, like 'Put the next thing up!' I think that's why he has so many songs and so much material. He was incredible. A serious machine, a serious talent."
- By Fiona Guest