Dr. Dre Gives Back To Compton With New Album
After a sufferingly long hiatus, Dr. Dre, the rapper-turned-music-producer-turned-movie-producer, is making waves with his new album. Eminem’s mentor hasn’t released anything since 1999’s ironically titled 2001, and the last sixteen years have had the rap community hotly anticipating his recently scrapped album Detox. But, Dre surprised us all with Compton and in the spirit of rap-based philanthropy, he also announced that the artist royalties earned off the album will be donated to fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in the album’s namesake city.
While talking to Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 radio program, Dre mentioned that the new project is a collaboration with the Compton mayor, Aja Brown. "We’ve reached out to Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two," he said. "I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.’”
Compton, an album Dre has been calling his “grand finale,” is a companion to the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which hits theaters next Friday. The release — which features the likes of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, the Game and Xzibit — premiered last night on Apple Music and is available to the masses today.
“I kept it under wraps,” Dre said about ‘Compton’ on his radio show The Pharmacy. “And now the album is finished. It’s bananas…. I’m really proud of this.” With a new album, a movie, and a European tour, a full-fledged N.W.A. reunion seems like the next step on our late 80’s gangsta rap revival movement, even if this means the end of new music from the hip hop legend.
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