In the latest interview with UPROXX, Allen Hughes, the director of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine’s The Defiant Ones documentary, which premiers on HBO tomorrow, confirmed that Dr. Dre is working on a song with Eminem for Em’s upcoming album. Check the interview below:
Interviewer: One of the stories you tell in this film is, in a way, about the death of the music industry. The first three parts are about all of the great things these moguls did in music, and the fourth part is about them transitioning out of music and selling headphones via Beats By Dre. And that made me sad. It’s a testimony to the business acumen of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, that they could make that pivot, but the larger story feels tragic to me. Did you sense the movie going in that direction when you were making it?
Allen Hughes: Dre still records. People don’t know this: Dre records every day. Literally, he’s in there recording songs every day. He’s like Picasso in that way. He’s always painting. Right now he’s producing, in the 11th hour, a track for Eminem’s latest album. So Dre’s still real active in music, you know? But I hear what you’re saying. It’s the truth.
Interviewer: Dr. Dre has seems like a pretty guarded person. But you get him to to open up to an unprecedented degree. How did you do that?
Allen Hughes: That took 25 years. Knowing him. That’s what it took. We met each other in ’91 on an N.W.A. video set. And he was very kind to me, and I was just a teenager. We had a 27-year relationship before we worked together. We’ve always tried to work together over the years, and it would never work out. And then six years ago, we did a music video with Eminem called “I Need A Doctor.” And it just was an “a-ha!” moment for both of us. We just really bonded, you know? We were always friendly, but we became friends. Real friends. He would ask me, “Do you think my life would make a good biography?” And it’s like, “Would it? You lived the life of 10 men!” I mean, shit! And that’s how it started.
Read the full interview here.