Rumors of a new album have been swirling for years now, and while Dre hasn't explained the absence, Green shared his friend's phobia with MTV's RapFix Live yesterday. "He just said he had a severe case of stage fright and just kind of been away from the game and didn't know if he could truly live up…" he said, before pulling back. "I just feel like I'm talking too much personal stuff. I hope he don't mind."
Dre's reclusiveness only adds to the anticipation. He rarely makes public appearances, but attended a Lil Wayne show last week, and told BET executive Steven Hill that an album would be out at the "top of the year." Meanwhile, a rep for the ATLien partly denied the report saying there was "no official confirmation" that a new project is on the way.
In his conversations with Green, Three Stacks expressed being "bothered" by the bar that's been set for his music, and wanting to "do something different."
"He'll always be his worse competition," Green added. "His worst critic, and maybe he don't want to live up to what people think he should do. He's always been exceptional and ahead of his time anyway, so anything he decides to do — next year or the year after that — we'll still be catching with what's on his mind."
Goodie Mob member Big Gipp also chimed in, reminding fans not to be fooled by the spokesperson's denial. "One thing that we know about 3000, whenever somebody [sees] him doing something and they run and tell the press, he'll always say he ain't doing it. He's always looking for the surprise."
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