After years of anticipation, famed hip-hop artist Dr. Dre has unveiled the release date for his first LP in 15 years. “Compton a Soundtrack by Dr. Dre” will drop on August 7.
Dre made the long-awaited announcement on Saturday during his Beats 1 radio program, The Pharmacy. The producer suggested his newest collection of songs was highly influenced by the soon-to-be-released Hollywood film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic centered around Dre’s former group, N.W.A.
“During principal photography, I felt myself going to the studio and being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” Dre said. “I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished. It’s bananas. It’s an ‘inspired by’ album. It’s inspired by Straight Outta Compton, we’re gonna call the album Compton: The Soundtrack. I’m really proud of this.”
Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop, and ex-member of N.W.A., Ice Cube will all make guest appearances on the 16-track record.
Dr. Dre also addressed why he never released the highly discussed Detox: “It just wasn’t good. This is something you’re not gonna hear many artists say. The reason Detox didn’t come out was because I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good.”
The artist who shook the entire landscape of music with The Chronicalmost 23 years ago hasn’t released an album since 1999’s “2001.”
Do you think Dre’s latest effort will produce tracks as classic as Nuthin’ but a ‘G’ Thang or Still D.R.E.? According to the man himself, Compton a Soundtrack will be “bananas,” as well as his “grand finale.”
Compton: A Soundtrack tracklist:
2. “Talk About It” (feat. King Mez & Justus)
3. “Genocide” (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
4. “It’s All On Me” (feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
5. “All In a Day’s Work” (feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
6. “Darkside/Gone” (feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
7. “Loose Cannons” (feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
8. “Issues” (feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak)
9. “Deep Water” (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
10. Jon Connor – “One Shot One Kill” (feat. Snoop Dogg)
11. The Game – “Just Another Day” (feat. Asia Bryant)
12. “For the Love of Money” (feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
13. “Satisfiction” (feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
14. “Animals” (feat. Anderson Paak)
15. “Medicine Man” (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
16. “Talking to My Diary”