Be on the lookout for Detox. No, really. Dr. Dre gave his strongest indication yet that his long-awaited project will finally see the light of day.
In a short video clip linked to from producer Just Blaze’s Twitter, the legendary West Coast hip-hop architect shouted out what appeared to be a release date: 4/20.
The comment from Dre was in response to Just Blaze shouting out Saigon’s album release date. The former Roc-a-Fella in-house producer oversaw the Brooklyn MC’s forthcoming The Greatest Story Never Told, due February 15.
“4/20, baby,” Dre said into the camera. “4/20, I’m coming.”
“You might just see a unicorn this year too!” Blaze joked in response.
The April 20 date falls on a Wednesday, which isn’t the norm in music industry release dates, but the day is also a nod to the producer’s first album, The Chronic. Dr. Dre’s return is one of Mixtape Daily’s stories to watch in 2011.
In December, Dre premiered the video for Detox’s first single, “Kush,” featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon. He also recently graced the cover of hip-hop magazine XXL with the message “Yes, Detox Is Coming.”
In September, Dre participated in Jay-Z and Eminem’s Home and Home concert series and said the historic event inspired him to complete his album.
“Being on the stage with Eminem and Jay-Z was one of the most incredible feelings I’ve felt in a long time,” Dre told MTV2’s “Sucker Free.” “It inspired me, it made me want to hurry up and get back in the studio and put more effort and more work into my own project.”