Dre Going Away?

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dre_retiring.jpgDon’t get so comfortable staring at Dr. Dre‘s freshly ripped physique — there may soon come a time that we barely see him at all. The 42-year-old hip-hop superproducer and sometime rapper has announced that Detox will be his final solo album, chalking that up to the fact that rapping is “a young man’s game.” He has no plans of dropping out of hip-hop all together, though — he just plans on remaining behind the boards as a producer (next up is Eminem‘s album). Says Dre:

When I think of the future, I think a lot of Quincy Jones and how he is an inspiration. Look at the quality of his work over so many years. He didn’t even make his best record, Thriller, until he was 50. That gives me something to look forward to. Nothing pulls you back into the studio more than the belief that your best record is still ahead.”

Of course, by “your best record is still ahead,” he could very well be referring to Detox, which has been pushed back again to 2008 (that means it’s eight years in the making). Dre says he only has two or three more tracks to finish, but don’t hold your breath: he could be putting it off because saying goodbye is so damn hard. [Los Angeles Times / Image: Getty]

While you’re here, check out some shots over Dre and friends over the years.

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