Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine held a press conference at the Interscope studios in Santa Monica yesterday to formally announce their new $70 million academy at the University of Southern California. The USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation is set to open with an inaugural 4 year program of 25 students in fall 2014.
LA Weekly was able to speak to the two post announcement where they talk about the institute, Dre getting back to music and even the upcoming N.W.A movie.
And, does this program mean that Detox will be further delayed?
Dr. Dre: No, I’m more inspired to go back into the studio now. Beats is rolling, this thing is happening, and it’s incredible. Now I’m ready to go back to my first love.
Jimmy Iovine: You know he was always making music. You know just look at Kendrick Lamar. If not for Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar wouldn’t be what he is today. I think Kendrick Lamar is arguably the most important rapper to come in a long time. In my opinion, as far as Dre’s business is concerned, I think he is doing a lot for hip-hop, with Kendrick Lamar.
Dr. Dre: I’m going back to the studio. Not for any specific reason, but just to record because I love to record music. I’m going back in and hopefully the next Kendrick Lamar or the next Eminem walks in the door and I can work with that artist. I’m going to record forever.
I’m hoping you’re not throwing all that stuff you’re recording away.
No, it’s not thrown away. I just love to record and it is there for whoever comes in, and if the music fits. I have tons of music stashed.
Read full interview here