A lot of people who work with Dre, you're lucky if anything sees the light of day.
Drumming is a real part of my live show, and I like to do it because so many people aren't expecting me to go and do it.
I didn't always take myself that seriously. Image-wise, I was somewhat of a jokester.
I don't know many artists who've come out of Beverly Hills, y'know? You need that struggle.
I don't think there's anybody that has such a keen sense of vocal production and attention to detail as Dre.
When the pastor's up there, they do this thing called looping. They are literally riffing and spitting in the key of the organ. When looping, you're in key, you're in a rhythm, you're in a pocket, and that's where James Brown was pulling from, and so that's where I'm pulling from. The only difference is I'm coming at it under hip-hop.
Not everything is going to be handed to you just because you're talented with a big smile. Sometimes you just gotta get out and shoot jumpers for hours and hours and hours. That's something I didn't really get a grasp on until way later, waking up early and treating it like a job if you're serious about it. Get the freak up and, you know, work.
My mom had a produce business in in Oxnard, and we used to take these long trips to talk to farmers and different distributors. She'd take us with her after picking us up from school, and she'd be blasting all this old soul music and R&B. I knew all those O'Jays songs before I knew Snoop or Dre or Tupac.