Scott Storch’s Documentary Covers The Highs & Lows Of 1 Of Dr. Dre’s Muses (Video)
Many Hip-Hop fans may know Scott Storch from his beats. During the late 1990s, 2000s, and even current day, the former Roots member has been responsible for the sounds of some of Rap’s chart-topping hits. From the keyboard line on Dr. Dre’s “Still D.R.E.” to Beyonce’s “Me, Myself And I,” Storch’s versatility behind the boards has made him a fortune and created an untouchable legacy.
Now, in a new Vevo-produced documentary, Still Storch, fans of the mega-producer get the opportunity to learn more about his come up and how things fell into place, starting with his collaborations with Questlove and his short stint as a member of The Roots. Directed by Rollo Jackson, the 20-minute documentary highlights Scott Storch’s rise, but also his struggles – including the drug addiction and financial woes that plagued his career, even during its high points. It’s also those issues that took him out of the public eye for the past decade.
The documentary features Scott demonstrating some of his amazing piano skills, including renditions of hits by Joe Jackson and Ray Charles. It follows the artist moving to a West Philadelphia ghetto, and dropping out of high school to pursue music. While driving his Rolls Royce through Hollywood, Storch remembers being enamored with Questlove’s drumming abilities. He describes forming a trio with Quest’ and Roots co-founder Hub.
At 7:30, Scott Stotch recalls giving The Roots’ a game-changing hit. Back at a Philly studio, he says he was playing “You Got Me.” Questlove heard the Jill Scott collaboration and asked that The Roots get to use it. He points to his Grammy, which related to that song.
Scott demonstrates playing “Still D.R.E.” messily creates an effect that adds to the song. He explains his role in helping Eminem, 50 Cent, and G-Unit hone their sounds. He notably salutes former foe, Timbaland. Storch says, “I dropped the ball,” after declaring that his wealth was “close to $100 million.” “I was suddenly—after being this nerdy guy in the studio my whole life, I was introduced to cocaine and party life, and 135-foot yachts in your backyard. It’s overwhelming; you lose sight of reality.”
“After snorting a couple of lines of cocaine, it seemed like a good idea to have a tractor-trailer show up with four to five cars, new ones, every couple weeks,” he admits at one point in the doc. After discussing his lavish spending on chartered flights, cars, and drugs, the artist admits, “I was playing a role, maybe, and trying to be the king, and live a billionaire’s life as a millionaire, and it’s dangerous stuff.”
Storch has seemingly been able to get his life back together though. He reportedly stopped using coke and moved from Miami to Los Angeles, California. He also detailed how he’s still working with legends in Hip-Hop, and even some of the contemporary chart stars like Young Thug, Trippie Redd, Swae Lee of Rae Sremmurd, and more.