This is shtick we've seen before, and it's an incredibly difficult one to move on from. Manson hasn't so far, and the returns have been diminishing each time out for at least a decade now. Is there any reason to believe things will improve this time around?
Maybe! You still won't give a shit if they do, though.
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Is Dr. Dre's Detox the Chinese Democracy of rap? You remember that, right? It was the Guns N' Roses album that Axl Rose promised would be coming out almost every single year for at least a decade, and when it finally did, it was a massive disappointment that no one really gave a shit about. Except for the part where it's actually been available for purchase at any point, that describes Detox, the alleged follow-up to (you guessed it) 1999's confusingly titled 2001.
So, in that way, yeah, maybe all signs do point to Detox being one long wait for terrible. That said, another long overdue album that finally surfaced in late-2014 makes the case that maybe a decades-long delay doesn't always have to mean disaster. That would be D'Angelo's Black Messiah, the damn wonderful follow-up to the also stellar Voodoo.
So, if Detox does finally find an actual release date in 2015, will Dr. Dre be the next D'Angelo or the next Axl Rose? The closest thing we've gotten to an official release, the 2011 single "I Need a Doctor," was pretty not terrible.
But it was also pretty much just another Eminem song that Dr. Dre produced. We've heard plenty of those over the past decade. Will the rest of the album, with all of those newcomers (there are always tons, to varying degrees of effectiveness), turn out as well? I'm going to go out on a limb and say probably not. The reason, of course, is headphones.
This is the closest you will ever get to a new Dr. Dre album.
That's what Dr. Dre makes these days. He's an executive at Apple, for fuck's sake. You might as well be expecting great music from Bill Gates. Finishing this project is probably more of a nuisance for the good doctor than anything at this point. There's always a chance it might turn out well, but don't count on it.
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