On a recent episode of the Hart to Heart show, the award-winning rapper and music producer Dr. Dre, stunned host Kevin Hart by admitting that he has “bowed out” of working with some of music’s most renowned performers, including Prince, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson. Here’s why:
Why did Dr. Dre turn down these offers?
Dr. Dre shocked everyone, including Kevin Hart when he explained his reasoning behind rejecting the offers of a number of big stars. “They just asked me to work with them and I just was like, ‘What the f*ck am I going to do with them?’” he said. “Those are my f*cking heroes.” After Kevin reminded him that he was a big personality as well, saying, “You’re Dr. Dre!” the record producer shared another stunning offer he passed up. The multi Grammy winner acknowledged that Stevie Wonder was among the most recent performers with whom he decided against working. He explained that the Superstition singer had called him up, asking to work on a song together, but Dr. Dre added that he likes “the way I feel about Stevie, Prince, Michael, Bruce Springsteen and all of these amazing artists,” which could apparently “change by working with them.”
He rapper also added that, “These are my f*cking heroes. … I like the idea of what I grew up listening to and I want to keep it like that. And I don’t want to f*ck up that idea and that look.” Dr. Dre also previously talked about declining Michael Jackson’s offer to collaborate before his death in 2009.
“I like working with new artists. Unless it’s just somebody that, you know, I’m really feeling comfortable with in the studio. I can’t picture myself in the studio like, ‘Yo Mike, do that again.’”Dr. Dre explaining why he turned down Michael Jackson
Who does Dr. Dre like working with if it’s not musical legends?
Dr. Dre, who has helped launch the careers of several successful artists, including Eminem, Snoop Dogg, and Kendrick Lamar, explained on Peacock’s Hart to Heart talk show that he loves (and in all honesty, prefers) to work with younger artists. “My entire life and career has been dealing with and working with new artists. That’s what I like. Nobody comes in with an agenda,” the rapper said. “It’s a ball of clay when they walk in the room. You can just form it and do what you want. That’s what I want. Everybody else, especially my heroes, they’re coming in and there’s a set plan as to how the shit should sound, ya know. I can’t, I can’t explore.”