Is Dr. Dre's Son's 'DNA' Album Destined to Become 'The Chronic' 2.0?
Curtis Young, the son of Dr. Dre, continues to forge his latest contribution to West Coast hip-hop history in lily-white Lake Forest. We know, it'll take you a while to get used to hearing that. Maybe you never will. But to feel that way is to deny the indo-smoking inventiveness laced inside the beats that Young is bumping at Serious Pimp Studios (owned by his uncle Snoop Dogg, er Lion) as he continues work on new collaborative album DNA: The Second Generation. As we said in an earlier story, he's working alongside the sons of Compton hip-hop's iconic, late ambassador Eazy-E. Along with a host of core artists--sons and close kin of gangsta rap royalty--Young is molding the DNA project into something slightly different than what he'd set out to do when we last talked.
Kenneth Ruggiano Curtis Young his new bumping tracks inside Serious Pimp Studios
Originally set to be a group effort in the traditional sense, the DNA project is now positioning itself to be more in the vein of what Young is calling a modern day Chronic-style offering. That means various artists, including a host of established features like Problem, Y.G., Tha Dogg Pound, DJ Quik, Daz and legendary producer Battlecat will all contribute to the core group of Young and E's sons (Lil' Eazy and E-3) to create something that will allow each of them to maintain separate identities while striving to create a new breed of G-funk supremacy. With that comes new plans for business partnership involving Damian Kutzner's label Serious Pimp Records and the addition of new key players to get their methodically-timed revolution off the ground. Of course the biggest thing right now is finishing the damn record.
"It's definitely a challenge," Young says during a lunch meeting, minutes before he kicks off a listening session at Serious Pimp's inner sanctum. "I kind of buried the [my old moniker] Hood Surgeon and I'm trying to bring that back out again when just being myself, Curtis Young, is a challenge. So I'm trying to find a happy medium."
Young's solidification of an identity and a sound is something he's working at non-stop, despite now having quite a few years of false starts, and endless hours in the lab, the board room and on stage. The LA-based rapper has the appropriate hunger and is the spitting image of his pops, but it's not really until he plays his music that we get a true sense of what his role could be or will be in the rap game.
Next: What do his songs sound like?