In a recent appearance on Kevin Hart's captivating show, "Hart to Heart," the legendary Dr. Dre engaged in a thought-provoking discussion about the ever-evolving landscape of hip hop.
With candor and honesty, Dr. Dre admitted that he doesn't find himself gravitating towards a majority of modern hip hop music, expressing his personal preferences. However, he made it clear that he holds no animosity towards contemporary artists and encourages a respectful approach to the genre.
Dr. Dre stated, “Hip Hop is what it is,” Dre. Dre explained, “Anybody that’s talking about the state of Hip Hop right now, when talking about it from a negative place, sounds like somebody’s f***in’ grandfather.” The artist continued, “This is just what it is. Hip Hop is evolving. If you don’t like it, don’t listen to it, you know what I’m saying?” “I’m keepin’ it all the way 100 with you,” he added, “Some of this sh*t, most of this sh*t, I don’t like. I don’t listen to a lot of that sh*t. But I’m not hatin’ on it. I’m never gonna hate on it.”
Despite his general sentiments towards modern hip hop, Dr. Dre couldn't help but laud one artist in particular during the conversation. When Kevin Hart raised the topic of Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre's admiration overflowed, exclaiming, “Kendrick Lamar is a real motherf***in’ artist,” Dr. Dre says, “Like, the true definition of the word.”
He then dubs the rapper a “forever artist.” He says Kendrick could “disappear for f***in’ five years or something like that and come back and f**k our heads up.” Bestowing upon him the title of a "forever artist," Dr. Dre speculated on Kendrick's ability to make a profound impact even after a prolonged hiatus.
Curiosity piqued, Kevin Hart probed further, inquiring about other notable "forever artists." Dr. Dre didn't hesitate to share his esteemed list, featuring luminaries such as Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Michael Jackson, and Prince. Their contributions to the music industry have left an indelible mark, and their artistry transcends time and trends.
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As the interview progressed, Kevin Hart couldn't resist asking Dr. Dre about his current musical preferences. With an enigmatic smile, Dr. Dre revealed the dynamic nature of his favorites, acknowledging that they shift constantly. “I get inspiration from all types of genres of music,” he explained, “I don’t necessarily have a favorite.”
Dr. Dre's appearance on Hart to Heart not only shed light on his personal musical inclinations but also emphasized the importance of embracing artistic evolution while respecting diverse tastes. His insights served as a reminder that music, in all its forms, has the power to inspire, influence, and ignite our souls, regardless of our individual preferences.