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Compton: A Soundtrack

Compton: A Soundtrack

Straight Outta Dre’s Studio.

Tonight, Dr. Dre is poised to make hip hop history–yet again–with the release of his new album Compton: A Soundtrack on Apple Music, a week before the biopic about N.W.A., “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters. This momentous occasion marks the first time Dre is releasing an album since 1999’s “2001,” and as Dre told Zane Lowe on his Beats 1 Radio show today, he’s really not in it for the money. In fact, all of the royalties he earns will go towards building a new performance art center in his hometown of Compton, the place that started it all.

The legendary “doctor” also revealed that much of the album was written by himself and two of his new rising artists, Justus and King Mez. It will include collaborations with Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and–how could he not?–Ice Cube.

Miraculously, Dre managed to keep the project pretty low profile until recently. He explains, “I was leaving the set, coming to the studio, and I felt myself just being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album. And I kept it under wraps. And the album is finished.”