A little morning wisdom from Dr. Dre: “The good keeps you going. The bad motivates you, too.”

Dr. Dre sat down with Esquire magazine and spoke on a variety of topics including Aftermath, his music-making passion and more.

Best advice he’s gotten: “To protect my B’s: my babe, my body, and my business.”

I’ve been listening to music for as long as I can remember. I was bred for this from birth. My mother has a picture of me in a onesie putting a needle to a turntable.

You can learn it. But in order to be good at it, to be really great at it, it has to be in you.

I’ve gone seventy-nine hours without sleep, creating. When that flow is going, it’s almost like a high. You don’t want it to stop. You don’t want to go to sleep for fear of missing something.

It’s entertaining to watch somebody break my music down or explain what he thinks I was thinking during the process of making these records. Because . . . he has no idea.

It’s always weird when people approach me to make an investment. I tell them, “I don’t need any more money. I’m good.” Then I wait for their expression. That part is entertaining, because people look at you like you’re crazy when you say you don’t need any more money. Who says that?

My kids soak in most of what I’m saying. Sometimes they don’t get it right away, but it’s always good to hear, “Yeah, you were right.”

The race factor was just a minuscule part of what I was doing with Eminem. It was really about the music and how well we worked together. When me and Marshall got in the studio, it instantly clicked. I put the track on, we had a little bit of idle chitchat, I put on the beat, and maybe five seconds in—I swear to God—he goes, “Hi, my name is.” That was it. And it’s still clicking. There’s something about our thing that’s just magical.

I love the new technology. New things give you a reason to want to go to the studio. New challenges mean you have to keep up, you know?

Check out more snippets from the Esquire feature here. The full interview is available in the January 2014 issue.

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