Dr. Dre’s long-awaited third album, Compton, was streamed a massive 25 million times on Apple Music, and had half a million iTunes downloads in its first week, according to new figures released by Apple.
All this also comes right on the heels of Ice Cube and Dre’s controversial Rolling Stone interview where Dre acknowledges some grave transgressions in his past, but dances around anything meaningful by saying: “I made some fucking frightful mistakes in my life…I would say all the allegations aren’t true – some of them are”. Starting with Eric “Eazy-E” Wright’s dope-slinging days and ending with his AIDS-related death, Straight Outta Compton pretty comprehensively recounts the watershed moments of gangsta rap’s hard-fought birth via the reality rap of Eazy, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella.
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“There’s still the issue of winning over Millennials, who never pay for music, by showing them you’re offering something that will improve their lives”, he said.
“When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie’s timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, “Uhhh, what happened?’ Like numerous women that knew and worked with N.W.A, I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton ” s revisionist history”. Barnes writes that her journalism career came to a screeching halt, that she was “blacklisted” and that people assumed she was awarded millions.
Music journalist Dee Barnes penned a stinging commentary about the biopic, revealing that the beatings she and other women allegedly suffered at the hands of Dr. Dre were missing from the story. “Why would Dre put me in it?” she said. He was my cameraman for Pump It Up! I was trying to do a serious interview and they were just clowning-talking shit, cursing. Dre brutally assaulted in 1991.
“And finally, there are people out there who I think understand its value, but we still have to go out and get them”. “He’s obviously uncomfortable for a reason”, she writes.
So are those numbers good enough to say Apple Music has arrived?
A White Sox official on Tuesday discussed the group’s (and hip-hop culture’s) fascination with the current Sox logo.
On Monday, Michel’le opened up again about her alleged painful past with Dre on YouTube channel Vlad TV.