The US rapper promises a real departure from his previous records...

DR DRE has said his new studio album will be a “hip-hop musical”.

Speaking in the US, the producer / rapper said that he wanted to make a departure from the content of his previous records. He told MTV news that his new album will be based around one central character, with all the songs based around his fictional life.

He said: “I’m not talking about lowriders and blunts and all that anymore. I mean, that’s played. As a matter of fact, I’m tired of hearing other people talk about it, to tell you the truth.

“I had to come up with something different but still keep it hardcore, so what I decided to do was make my album one story about one person and just do the record through a character’s eyes. And everybody that appears on my album is going to be a character, so it’s basically going to be a hip-hop musical.”

However, the record is still in its early stages, with recording due to start in the summer.

He continued: “I’ve been blueprinting, getting ideas together for the past six months or so, just trying to figure out which direction I want to take and how I’m gonna present the project. Just gathering sounds and what have you. I want this one to be really over the top.”