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Jim Jones On Dr. Dre “Punking” Him To Do His Verse Over 20x

Appearing on All Hip Hop’s podcast, Jim Jones spoke about working with Dr. Dre and the unreleased Dipset songs.

In the early 2000s, Dipset put their stamp in the hip hop game that forever lives till today. Artists such as Drake were inspired and influenced by the Dipset movement. A movement that even caught the attention of hip hop’s hottest producer, Dr. Dre. As Dre prepared to release his 3rd studio album, the Compton native was ready to link with Harlem’s finest.

“Came to my studio. Me and Cam did like four records in there. Juelz came and did a record at the end. We did 4 or 5 records with Dr. Dre. I don’t know what he did with the records. He did them directly to his hard drive so it’s not like we had a copy of it to listen to it,” said Jones on All Hip Hop’s podcast.

Jim Jones (All Hip Hop)
Jim Jones (All Hip Hop)

At the time Dre was gearing up to release his “Detox” studio album. An album that never saw the light of day and has been well forgotten for about 10 plus years of anticipation. Just as many of the songs recorded during that time period, it appears we will never hear Dre’s production over various artists. Including Dipset. “He better not put it out cause I’m charging 2 million dollars for my verse,” said Jim Jones.

Recalling the studio session with Dr. Dre, Jim Jones tells All Hip Hop that Dre basically “punked” and “cursed” at the rapper insisting Jones do his verse over more than 20 times. Although in music history there had been producers who went hard on an artist such as Quincy Jones working with a young Michael Jackson, according to Jones, he and Dipset were already established platinum selling artists when working with Dre.

“I understand your level of perfection, but you can’t impose your perfection on somebody else’s artistic value. The way I do my music is the reason why you’re here,” explained Jones. “You’re not coming here to show me how to do my music, but if you’re here to show me how to make my music better, I am all for that. But you telling me how to do my music. No. You can’t tell me how to say my music.”

At the end, there is no hard feelings between Jim Jones and Dr. Dre. “Every leader gotta be able to take direction,” Jones concluded.


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