Dr Dre talks NWA biopic and pays tribute to J Dilla during first ‘The Pharmacy’ Beats 1 radio show

The show aired on Apple Music's new 24/7 radio station

Dr Dre‘s ‘The Pharmacy’ radio show launched on Apple Music’s Beats 1 on Saturday (July 4).

The show, hosted by Dre himself, focuses on West Coast hip-hop. The rapper is the CEO of Beats Electronics, which was recently bought by tech giant Apple, its name incorporated into the company’s new 24/7 radio station.

Explaining his decision to host the show, Dre said on air: “Jimmy Iovine [Beats co-founder] approached me with this idea about doing a radio station and broadcasting around the entire globe, man. And I was like, ‘What?’ Then I started thinking. I’ve made music. I’m making movies now. So a radio station? Why not.”

The rapper also paid tribute to late Detroit producer J Dilla, who passed away in 2006.

“There’s actually a lot of producers that I like to listen to,” he said. “A lot of producers out there that I respect, a lot of producers that I get inspiration from, but you know what? I’m gonna write a prescription for just one. What I want right now is just a dose of Dilla”.

He continued: “One of the most incredible things that I liked about Dilla is, Dilla was in his hospital room on his deathbed and he had his machines in his room, in his hospital room and he was still making beats before he passed away. Now you’re talking about dedication to what you really love and your passion? It gets no deeper than that. That’s why J Dilla is one of my favourites.”


Dre also discussed the upcoming NWA biopic film ‘Straight Outta Compton’.

“I don’t want anything to pour water on my legacy, so I was against it at the beginning,” he stated. “I read a few scripts that were just like kinda corny, but Ice Cube, he actually grabbed the bull by the horns. He went in and got the script done and I read this new script that he brung in and it was like, ‘Oh, ok, I like that.’ Then, when Gary Gray decided he wanted to come on board and direct, I’m like, ‘Ok, we might have something here. Let’s roll our sleeves up, black out and really give these people not only what they want.’ Just display everything that it took, not only what it took to put that record together, but the friendship, the love that we have for each other, the betrayal and ultimately, trying to get back together and do a new N.W.A record before Eazy passed away.”

The show featured music by Kendrick Lamar, 2Pac, Vince Staples, A$AP Rocky, Nas and more.

Run The Jewels have also signed up to present their own show on Apple Music’s new radio station. The hip-hop duo made their debut on the station with ‘WRTJ’ last night (July 3) and will continue hosting the slot every Friday.

Zane Lowe launched Beats 1 earlier this week by by playing the song ‘City’ by Manchester band Spring King.