Back in April on a Tuesday, the whole blog world lit up over a reported collaboration between Dr. Dre and Jay-Z for the superstar producer’s long-long-long-long-awaited Detox album. There was even reports to the exact day the track would drop—that Friday. Of course, it never happened, but four days in blog time is like a year, so everyone had forgotten.
Then yesterday, the song, “Under Pressure” leaked and proceeded to underwhelm everyone with it’s anemic sound quality and half-assed verse from Jay. What made it worse, the track was loaded with “tags” from the New Music Cartel—which basically means some asshole shouting “New music cartel!” every 30 seconds or so over the song. Turns out the NMC is a collective of high-powered hip-hop bloggers—including several we cite here at URB quite often. We’re all for blogs getting their propers (whaddup Self-Titled!), but the tag was so obnoxious and lazy that it’s really got us wondering if these folks even care about the music anymore, or just their own paper-chase.
Dre, surprisingly spoke up today via the Interscope website, stating:
“I want to set the record straight for everybody who’s been waiting to hear my music. The song that’s on the internet is an incomplete song that I’m still working on. When it’s ready, you’ll be hearing it from me.”
It’s obvious the track isn’t finished, but it’s also a little hard to have faith in a guy that probably named his album during the same dinner when Axel Rose decided on Chinese Democracy. So what do we have then? A superstar artist paralyzed by expectations, a music media based on self-aggrandizing bloggers, and a low-quality demo version of a song compressed into MP3. Yeah, music’s never been better.
And no, I’m not posting the song here because it sucks and is not worth listening to.