So the good doctor has finally emerged from his lab to bless us with some of that good West Coast remedy, the medicine we’ve been waiting on for over a decade! The album entitled Compton released a day early on Apple Music and early reviews are pretty positive. Dre came with some true blue heavy hitters like Snoop, Ice Cube, Xzibit and Eminem, but there are also some surprise additions like Kendrick Lamar and Marsha Ambrosius. Rounding out this long anticipated release are independent rapper King Mez and up and comers Asia Bryant, Paak, Jon Connor and Paaz to name a few.
The album is the accompanying soundtrack to the Straight Out of Compton movie slated to be released the second week in August. Although Dre fans had been waiting for over 16 years for him to drop the Detox album, (which never came out due to Dre’s dislike of it) hopefully this Compton album will make up for the delay. Dr. Dre has expressed that this album is really important to him and that he was inspired by the filming of N.W.A’s story to make this album. West Coast fans and fans all over the world once again have bonafide West Coast hip-hop back in rotation and time will tell if Dre’s magic touch stands the test of time. This collaborative effort along with the upcoming movie will put L.A. back in the spotlight with the album royalties earned by Dre being donated to help fund a new performing arts center in the city of Compton.
Now that the music is out, it should be quite interesting to see how audiences respond to the N.W.A. film, I know I’ll be watching!