Dr. Dre Launches Beats 1 Show w/ Tribute To J Dilla

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West coast titan Dr. Dre launched his highly-anticipated Beats 1 show The Pharmacy this weekend with a tribute to a few of his favorites in hip-hop, including legendary Detroit producer J Dilla. The hour-long show debuted on Independence Day and is slated to broadcast every other Saturday on the network. The show's debut comes alongside Apple's exclusive stream of Dre's celebrated The Chronic LP. Focusing on passion, Dre broke down his reasons for including Dilla in the inaugural broadcast and exactly how the late producer inspired him most:

"There's actually a lot of producers that I like to listen to," he says, "a lot of producers out there that I respect, a lot of producers that I get inspiration from, but you know what? I'm gonna write a prescription for just one. What I want right now is just a dose of Dilla. One of the most incredible things that I liked about Dilla is, Dilla was in his hospital room on his deathbed and he had his machines in his room, in his hospital room and he was still making beats before he passed away. Now you're talking about dedication to what you really love and your passion? It gets no deeper than that. That's why J Dilla is one of my favorites."

Get the skinny on The Pharmacy via Apple Music. Stay tuned for more from Dr. Dre.

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