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For a man who’s work is so impactful, Dr. Dre keeps a very low profile when you compare him to his more outgoing Hip-Hop peers. In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, the good doctor gives us a deeper look into both his creative and thought process.

Originally conducted in July of this year, the Aftermath Records CEO interviewed with the iconic men’s lifestyle periodical for a column titled “Dr. Dre: What I’ve Learned.”

In the Q&A, Dre drops various personal anecdotes and jewels of wisdom ranging from his parents, technology and creating.

I’ve been listening to music for as long as I can remember. I was bred for this from birth. My mother has a picture of me in a onesie putting a needle to a turntable” the Beats By Dre mogul shared.

Dre also spoke about his upbringing in the Compton section of Los Angeles: “In school, because of my mother. In street smarts, through my father. And to be perfectly honest with you, I don’t know which one was more valuable.”

Think you put in work? Think again as the “Ain’t Nothing But A G Thang” rapper has gone 79 hours straight without sleep in the studio. “I’ve gone seventy-nine hours without sleep, creating. When that flow is going, it’s almost like a high. You don’t want it to stop. You don’t want to go to sleep for fear of missing something.”

While no mention was made to his infamously delayed Detox album, Dre declared that race bared no factor on when he originally enlisted the talents of Eminem. “The race factor was just a minuscule part of what I was doing with Eminem. It was really about the music and how well we worked together. When me and Marshall got in the studio, it instantly clicked. I put the track on, we had a little bit of idle chitchat, I put on the beat, and maybe five seconds in—I swear to God—he goes, “Hi, my name is.” That was it. And it’s still clicking. There’s something about our thing that’s just magical.”

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[Spotted at Esquire]

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