Dr Dre’s ‘Compton’ streamed 25 million times in first week as Dre says he’s ‘not a rapper’

Rapper/producer recently scored his first UK Number One with the comeback album

Dr Dre‘s new album ‘Compton’ was streamed 25 million times and downloaded half a million times in its first week of release.

Dre scored his first UK Number One album with the comeback album, the rapper/producer’s first in 16 years.

‘Compton’ features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more. Read the NME review of ‘Compton’.

The New York Times reports that ‘Compton’ was streamed 25 million times on Apple Music, the service streaming the album exclusively. By comparison, Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ was streamed 39 million times in its first week across various platforms and Drake’s ‘If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late’ was streamed 48 million times.


Despite the success of the record, Dre stated on Saturday (August 15), during his Beats 1 radio show, that he doesn’t believe his main strength is in front of a mic.

“I’ve never considered myself a rapper,” he said. “I know how to do it. I know how to make my voice project and I know how to stay on beat and what have you, but I’ve never considered myself a rapper.”

“I’m a producer at heart. I like being in the control room and directing people. That’s what I do. But I’ve gotten on the mic a few times in my career, people seem to like it, so I’ll do it again here and there. But that’s really not my thing. So I’ll do a first verse on the record, then I’ll put the really talented rapper on the second verse.”

Dr Dre recently announced that he will donate royalties earned from ‘Compton’ to the funding of a new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city of Compton.

“I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” Dre told Zane Lowe recently, revealing that he’ll be working with Compton Mayor, Aja Brown, on the project.

“We’ve reached out to Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two. I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”