It’s official. Dr. Dre confirms that he will release his first album in 14 years, inspired by the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
Simply titled Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre, the producer revealed the news during his Beats 1 radio show, The Pharmacy, on Saturday (August 1).
“I decided during principal photography [for Straight Outta Compton] that I was leaving the set, coming to the studio, and I felt myself just so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” Dre said. “I started recording a soundtrack. I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished.”
“It’s an inspired-by album, it’s inspired by Straight Outta Compton. I’m really proud of this, I’m excited about it,” he added.
Later, Dre revealed the fate of the long-awaited Detox, which was in the works for over a decade. “This is something you’re not gonna hear many artists say. The reason why Detox didn’t come out is because I didn’t like it,” he revealed. “It wasn’t good. The record, it just wasn’t good. I’ma keep it all the way 1000 with you. Seriously, I worked my ass off. I don’t think I did a good enough job, and I couldn’t do that to my fans, and I couldn’t do that to myself, to be perfectly honest with you. I just wasn’t feeling it.”
Compton drops August 7, exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music. “I’m ready this time, it’s really coming out,” said Dre of his first album since 1999’s The Chronic 2001. “I’m so excited about it. I think everybody’s gonna really get into these records, man.”
He also said it would be his final album. “This my time to get it right. All my friends came in. We all came together to build this thang. It’s gonna be my grand finale. The record is crazy.”
It will feature 16 tracks, with appearances from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, and more.
Compton is available for pre-order now.
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. “One Shot One Kill” – Jon Connor (feat. Snoop Dogg)
11. “Just Another Day” – The Game (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”