Dr. Dre hit the airways on Saturday with the year’s first episode of his Beats 1 Radio show Pharmacy. The west coast legend celebrated a fresh year by launching a previously unheard track, Back to Business.
The previously unreleased song features T.I as well as Justus, Victoria Monet and Sly Piper. From the lyrical content of the track, it would seem that this was one of the songs that didn’t make the cut into last year’s long-awaited new album, Compton.
The smooth beats of the track provide the perfect platform for Dr. Dre and T.I to rhyme about their outstanding music-making hustle and grind, while Victoria Monet, Justus and Sly Piper provide the smooth backing vocals.
It’s currently unclear if this previously unreleased song will find its way onto someone’s album or if it will just exist as part of Dr. Dre’s Pharmacy show, a similar fate to that of Naked, which featured Marsha Ambrosius and Sly Piper. The song was released during an episode of Pharmacy in November last year and toted as a never-before-heard track (as opposed to a *new* one).
Dr. Dre has casually cruised back into the rap spotlight, with last year seeing not only the release of the biopic Straight Outta Compton which the rapper played a major role in crafting, but also the unveiling of his third solo studio album and his first in sixteen years, Compton. It has also just been announced that he, alongisde the rest of N.W.A, are to be inducted into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
Compton is nominated for best rap album at this years Grammys, alongside albums by Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj and J.Cole.
With 2015 being such a major year for the 50-year-old super-producer and entrepreneur, only time will tell what else he’ll deliver in 2016.