Nov. 16 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Dr. Dre's classic 2001, the still-relevant sophomore album from the industry icon that arrived a full seven years after his debut The Chronic. In the anniversary spirit, Apple Music has shared a new mini-doc on the creative bursts that ultimately sparked the album, which serves as one of many milestones in the unique artistic relationship between Dre and Jimmy Iovine.
Near the top of the special Apple drop, Dre recalled where his head was at as he entered the 2001 era.
"The 90s were just like, hip-hop was a contact sport," he said. "All of a sudden, I'm on my own again and I have to go find new artists and new musicians to work with. Fortunately for me, I had done it once before when I separated myself from Eazy-E, Jerry Heller, Ruthless, and what have you. So I know what starting over feels like. But the second time, I had Jimmy."