It is official, the doctor is back. Andre Romelle Young, best known by his stage name Dr. Dre, announced his new album will drop on August 7, after 15 years of waiting. The album, Compton: The Soundtrack, will be available exclusively on iTunes and is one Dre is really proud of. Fans have awaited a follow-up project to the producer’s classic 2001 for over a decade. However, the Detox album was never released because Dre felt it was sub-par.
Dre is an entrepreneur, rapper and record producer. He is credited as a prominent figure in the popularization of West Coast G-funk style rap music. Dre founded and is the CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and the popular Beats Electronics. He is responsible for the success of many rappers including Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, 50 Cent, Snoop Dogg, The Game, and Xzibit. Currently, the producer is leading the 2015 Forbes list representing the American hip-hop scene.
The Chronic, Dre’s solo debut album, released under Death Row Records and led him to become one of the country’s best-selling performing artists of 1993. He also landed a Grammy Award for the single Let Me Ride. The rapper’s sophomore solo project, 2001, was a huge hit charting at number two on the Billboard 200 charts. The album featured several notable collaborators and enhanced Dre’s style with the addition of soulful vocals, ominous strings, and a reggae flair. In 2000, the album landed the rapper a Grammy Award as the Producer of the Year.
Despite the album’s success, Dre found himself in the midst of several lawsuits which cost the producer over 1.5 million. Following the success of 2001, Dr. Dre promised his fans a follow-up project, but instead dedicated his time to producing songs and albums for other artists. The Let’s Get High rapper has won six Grammy Awards and had acting roles in movies such as Training Day, Set It Off, and The Wash. Dre was ranked by Rolling Stone at 56 on their list of 100 Greatest Artists of All-Time. After 15 years of waiting, Dr. Dre is back with all new music.
The rapper credited his new music to inspiration received during the making of the soon to be released N.W.A. biopic titled, Straight Outta Compton. This Hollywood film outlines the producer’s rise in the music industry along with members of one of hip-hop’s most well-known hardcore groups. The album, according to Dre, features artists such as Jill Scott, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg. Although it is the first solo album the actor has released since 1999, he said it will be his grand finale.
The film Straight Outta Compton is centered on the members of the rap group N.W.A. and their relationship dynamics from its beginnings to stardom and eventual disbanding. Well-known former member and current actor Ice Cube, when speaking of the biopic said:
We are taking it to the nooks and crannies, I think deeper than any other article or documentary on the group. These are the intimate conversations that helped forge N.W.A. I do not know any other movie where you can mix Gangster Rap, L.A. Riots, the F.B.I., HIV, and hardcore feuding with each other. It will be interesting to anyone who loved that era.
Fans of N.W.A. have shared their excitement for the upcoming movie across social media platforms since it was announced. Now, they are more thrilled to learn of Dre’s new album which is a direct by-product of the Compton movie. The 16-track album is going to be bananas, according to the producer. Compton: The Soundtrack debuts on Apple Music Friday, August 7, with the “Straight Outta Compton” movie release to follow on August 14.
by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
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