Dr. Dre to Take a 'Break' From Music, 'Detox' Future Unclear

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Dr. Dre stopped just short of announcing his retirement last week, admitting that he was ready to take a break from working on music.

While discussing his latest protégés, Slim the Mobster and Kendrick Lamar, Dre told Fader TV that his next order of business was to "wrap it up for a minute."

"I've been working on music for 27 years now, and the longest I've ever been out of the studio in 27 years has been two weeks," he said. "I'm never gonna stop music, it's like air to me. I'm gonna take a little bit of a break, enjoy some time with the family."

Dre joined Jimmy Iovine and Luke Wood to unveil a new line of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones in New York City on Friday, Nov. 11. The three new products revealed included new colors for the standard headphones (pink, orange, purple, blue and grey); a Beats Wireless Solo Bluetooth model; the "Portable Beat Box," with built-in Bluetooth; and special DJ headphones. The group also announced a Beats by Dr. Dre pop-up store to be open through holiday season, located on Mercer Street in Manhattan.

Speaking to his inevitable return to the music scene, Dre intends to wait "until I get that itch to get back in." He was most recently heard on Eminem's hit single, "I Need a Doctor," also featuring Skylar Grey.

Where the latest news leaves Dre's long-awaited "Detox," an album fans have clamored for since the 1999 release of previous album "2001," is unclear. "Kush," the first official single from the prospective album, was released last year.

In June, DJ Khalil told Billboard.com that the album was in "the final stretch."

"He has the record going, but I'm sure he thinks there are pieces missing still. Until he finds those pieces, maybe he's not comfortable putting it out yet," he said.

In 2005, producer Mike Elizondo told Billboard.com that there was no rush to complete "Detox."

"Dre has very high standards," Elizondo said at the time. "He wants to shock the world and put something out that no one would have ever thought possible from a hip-hop artist. He's definitely going to take his time and make sure it's right."