Candice Pillay is two times Dr. Dre collaborator (‘Medicine Man’ ft. Eminem and ‘Genocide’ ft. Kendrick Lamar) on his new album, Compton. Recently she has talked about how it’s like to be working with Hip-Hop giants:
“‘Medicine Man’ is my baby. I woke up this morning and tweeted this morning that my iTunes guy hit me and said ‘Medicine Man’ is the most popular song on Compton right now on iTunes. That makes me so happy because we fought hard for that record.
“If you listen to ‘Medicine Man’ compared to everything else on the album, it’s a very different record. I feel like it’s a younger generation’s record. Of course, Dre loved it. And the only person who could fit on that record is Em.”
“The verses he sent? Em is just incredible. I can’t even explain. He gave us a plethora of stuff to choose from and then he went back and forth. And then we finally went with the verse that you hear. It was just insane to me. I grew up on these guys.
“Being from South Africa, we never got all the rap music that you got in the States. We got the most popular so it was Dre, Snoop, Em, Biggie and Pac. And I’ve always been a huge Em fan. So, it was a blessing for me to have the opportunity.”
Later she talked about Dr. Dre
“Dre really made an impression on me from the moment I met him. Of course, he’s a legendary guy. We all look up to him. You never know what to expect when you meet someone of his caliber. But, from the first meeting, he was one of the most humble guys I’ve met. I’ve worked with a lot of people in this industry and besides the fact that he’s extremely talented, he’s down to earth.
“The person that he is — his energy — is crazy. You just want to be around him to take it in. There would be days where I’d be having bad days, I’d say, ‘Let me roll to see what Dre and them are doing.’ Because Dre’s energy is amazing. He’s always happy, always smiling, always with open arms. He makes sure to connect with everyone in the room. And he’s all about the music.”
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