Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre, dropped this weekend, Dr. Dre’s first solo release in 16 years. The hotly anticipated album features Dre’s collaborators, old and new, including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Eminem, Jill Scott and more.
Inspiration for the record emerged as Dre began production on the film Straight Outta Compton, which we’re also super psyched about…
Dre told fans over his radio show, The Pharmacy, “I felt myself going to the studio and being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album…I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished. It’s bananas.”
Bananas is an apt description for the album, as music critics and fans alike are basically going ape shit over it. Rolling Stone, AllMusic and The Daily Telegraph all gave it four out five stars.
This is all very exciting, but…why has it taken so long? Well, it’s not like Dre has been sippin’ on gin and juice with his slippers on for the past 16 years – in that time he’s produced some of biggest names in rap and hip hop, including Eminem and 50 Cent, he also built a headphone empire, Beats by Dr. Dre, which was recently sold to Apple for $3 billion, and worked on another record, Detox, that was never release because he just didn’t think he “did a good enough job” on it. What can we say? The man has standards, something the modern music industry could maybe use a little more of.
Oh, and no, it’s not about the cash/money – proceeds from sales of the album will go toward building a community centre for children in Compton.
Dre ain’t the only one to make us wait of course, here a few other artists who’ve taken their sweet time getting back into the studio.
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