Surprise! 16 years have passed since Dr. Dre put out a record, so he decided to release his new album one day ahead of schedule! Fans were thrilled when Dre dropped ‘Compton,’ his soundtrack inspired by the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ biopic, on Aug. 6!
Nice! Dr. Dre, 50, hasn’t released an album since 1999’s 2001, and for many, it has been too long! Just because Dre makes Beats headphones instead of rap beats, he still has some tricks up his sleeves. As fans eagerly awaited Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, he gave them what they wanted by releasing the album a day early!
It was Christmas in August for fans who have diligently waited for new music from Dre. Those who couldn’t wait to hear his new tracks in over 15 years flocked to Apple Music late on Aug. 6 to stream the new album, reports E! News. Awesome. For fans wanting to buy the album, it was released for sale, via iTunes, on Aug. 7.
Dre made Compton during the filming of the biopic based on his time with N.W.A., the hip-hop group that helped make him a rap superstar. This new release, his reported last album, features fellow N.W.A member Ice Cube, as well as Dre’s longtime friend, Snoop Dogg. Kendrick Lamar, The Game, and Eminem, are also featured on the record.
Compton is more than just Dre’s first record in 16 years. It’s also going to make money for charity, as he will donate part of the album’s proceeds to building an arts center in Compton, California. “I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” Dre said during an episode of his radio show, The Pharmacy.
16 years is a long time to wait. Dre’s fans were blown away when they heard he was releasing a new album, saying they were “hyped” and that they were looking forward to finally hearing new music from him. Dre must have been listening, releasing Compton a day early so they wouldn’t have to wait.
With Compton now out for the public, what’s next for Dre? If Universal Pictures chief Donna Langley gets her way, Dre will join Cube and Eminem for a N.W.A. reunion! The head of the studio that’s releasing Straight Outta Compton said that she wants the band to do a promotional tour in Europe, with Shady stepping in for the late Eazy-E.
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— Jason Brow