The rapper said Thursday he “decided to donate all of my artist royalties from the sale of this album to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility for the kids in Compton“.
On August 1, Dr. Dre announced on Beats 1, to the obvious surprise of everyone in the studio, that he would release the album, “Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre“. As issues like police brutality and racial profiling have come back to the forefront of the news in the past couple years, this movie and this album are being delivered at the ideal time.
The album will feature guests Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg among others and has been described by Dre as his “grande finale”. “And I said, “Boom”. By this logic, one can guess that it will more likely be sonically akin to classic NWA material than the retro G-funk of “The Chronic“, but until we hear it, we won’t know for sure. Fans were thrilled when Dre dropped “Compton, ‘ his soundtrack inspired by the ‘Straight Outta Compton” biopic, on August. 6! He answers the haters right away with the poignant, “I’m too old I forgot I got it all, but Andre young enough to still get involved”. It has been titled Straight Outta Compton with Corey Hawkins playing Dre while O’Shea Jackson, Jr. will take on the role of Ice Cube.
“I used to be leaving the set coming to the studio and I felt myself simply being so impressed by the film that I began recording an album”.
With the option to stream before buying combined with the fact that it has been almost two decades since Dre released an album, some may be wondering just how well “Compton” is going to fare in terms of sales.
It was now 2004 and, despite the hype surrounding the announcement, Dre was no closer to releasing the album.
Dre was criticized two years ago when he and music mogul Jimmy Iovine gave USC $70 million for a new art and technology academy, according to the Los Angeles Times.