Dr Dre on violence against women allegations: ‘I made some horrible mistakes’

"I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren't true – some of them are"

Dr Dre has responded to questions about a 1991 incident where he assaulted journalist Denise ‘Dee’ Barnes and recent claims of repeated abuse in the 90s from his one-time girlfriend Michel’le.

The rapper-producer will appear on the cover of the forthcoming issue of Rolling Stone alongside fellow NWA member Ice Cube. Ahead of the issue hitting newsstands, the magazine has released some quotes from the accompanying interview, including responses from Dre that address his history of violence.

“I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life,” said Dre. “I was young, fucking stupid. I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”


Ice Cube was also asked about the depiction of women in NWA’s lyrics, laughing off any implications of misogyny: “If you’re a bitch, you’re probably not going to like us,” he said. “If you’re a ho, you probably don’t like us. If you’re not a ho or a bitch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn’t be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a bitches that’s men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we’re talking about her.”

Dre and Cube are currently promoting the new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, which comes out the US tomorrow (August 14), with its UK release scheduled for August 28. The LA premiere took place on Monday night (August 10) and was attended by all surviving group members.

Inspired by his work as a producer on the movie, Dre last week released ‘Compton’, his first album in 16 years. With its release, the 50-year-old has officially cancelled his long-awaited ‘Detox’ project. In this new Rolling Stone interview, Dre revealed he never got close to a finished version of the LP.

“I had between 20 and 40 songs for ‘Detox’, and I just couldn’t feel it. Usually I can hear the sequence of an album as I’m going, but I wasn’t able to do that. I wasn’t feeling it in my gut. So I really thought I was done being an artist.”