For as long as it can be remembered, many artists take their personal life situations and place them in their music. Artists use this sometimes as therapy and a way of release while knowing their listeners could find it relatable to their own lives. There are some situations, however, that are specific to the artist’s story. Dr. Dre is one of those artists that has just taken his very unfortunate recent situations and laid them all out on wax.
It’s widely known that the last few months have been nothing short of turbulent for the legendary artist. From his continuously rocky divorce battle with his estranged wife Nicole Young to an unfortunate medical emergency stemming from a brain aneurysm that landed him a stay in ICU, Dre has experienced some extensive lows.
After all these months, Dre is finally choosing to speak up through song. All of the emotions that have been built up inside were seemingly placed on a record that was previewed by DJ Silk on Instagram Live. In the song that features KXNG Crooked, Dre speaks on both the health scare and his divorce with Young.
“Trying to k*ll me with them lies and that perjury/ICU/I see you tryna F*** me while I’m in surgery. …You know we don’t tolerate that nonsense/By any means get your hand out of my pocket.” Dre raps. The last line could also be a double entendre as a reference to the robbery attempt on his house while he was in ICU.
Lyrics from the song also imply that the cause of the rapper’s recent health scare had to deal with stress from the divorce. The high-profile divorce battle has been one of the highlights of the news media as a hefty amount that Young was requesting. His ex-wife is demanding $2 million per month in spousal support, which recently Dre has agreed to provide temporary support in the amount.
Nicole has also come forward with new claims of abuse against her soon-to-be ex-husband. Court documents obtained by ET claim that the rapper held a gun to her head on two occasions along with other instances of physical altercations. Dre has claimed in the past that “At no time did I abuse Nicole or threaten her physical safety,” but Young begs to differ.
Nicole states that her estranged husband “blatantly lies”, and that Dre “verbally and emotionally decimated my personhood to the extent that I currently suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome. His long-term abuse must be a factor that the court takes into account in awarding support and fees.”
She adds, “I have also offered extensive and painful testimony about Andre’s relentless campaign of abuse and control over me for more than half of my life. It is misleading, revolting, and insulting for Andre to suggest that I have not been abused because, as a victim of relentless abuse and isolation, I did not create and maintain a contemporaneous record of abuse inflicted on me.”