In a new interview, alongside friend and business partner Jimmy Iovine, Dr. Dre discussed fame in the social media age and why he’s not a fan of it.
“I probably would’ve hated social media when I was coming up,” Dre says around the 15-minute mark of the interview. “There’s a certain mystique that gets destroyed. I like the mystique. I like waiting. I don’t need anybody to know where I am every minute or what I’m doing. Or what I’m about to do.” Dre said for British GQ.
He added, “There’s a certain mystique that came along with music that was entertaining to wait to see what was about to happen.”
“I don’t know the impact of Instagram, it’s not mutual,” Iovine said. “If Michael Jackson had Instagram, would he have ended up healthier? Who knows. I think what’s happened is, ‘great’ was never behind fame as much as it is now. Fame is what the currency is. Likes or whatever the stuff is. So fame, and if you happen to be great … musicians up until recently, that’s why people put music out every day. That’s marketing.”
He continued, “But not all of its great because that’s impossible. I think ‘great’ has pulled back a little bit.”