Dr Dre explains surprise new album: ‘I decided to make it one night on the way home from film set’

'Compton' is a companion album to new NWA biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'

Dr Dre has explained the inspiration behind his new album, ‘Compton’, the companion soundtrack to new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton.

‘Compton’ is the Dre’s first album in 16 years, following on from 1999’s ‘2001’. It features guest spots from Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more.

It was released last Friday (August 7) and is on course to top the UK Albums Chart this week. Read the NME review.

Speaking during a live YouTube chat about the film on Tuesday (August 11), Dre explained that the album’s creation was an impromptu decision.

“You know what, I was on the set [of Straight Outta Compton], I was leaving the set every day and I just felt so inspired. I decided one night on the way home I was going to roll up my sleeves and start working on this album.”

He continued: “I got to maybe a third song and I said, ‘You know what? This is starting to sound great. I should go on and complete this.’ And it snowballed from there. And it came out exactly the way I wanted.”

Dr Dre has also stated that he got “goosebumps” while watching Straight Outta Compton for the first time.

“It [caused] goosebumps – a little bit surreal,” he told Entertainment Tonight. “Some guys that came from nothing that created something that’s just amazing.”

It was reported earlier this week that the LAPD deployed gang enforcement officers at the Straight Outta Compton film premiere in Los Angeles on Monday (August 10).


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, 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.'”

Speaking on his Beats 1 show The Pharmacy on Saturday (August 1), Dre clarified that the album is not strictly a soundtrack, but is inspired by the upcoming NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. He also revealed that he will not release the long-awaited album ‘Detox’ because “it wasn’t good.” Explaining why the record was scrapped after 16 years in the making, Dre added: “I didn’t like it.”

The ‘Compton: A Soundtrack’ tracklisting is:

‘Talk About It’ [feat. King Mez and Justus]
‘Genocide’ [feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Pillay]
‘It’s All on Me’ [feat. Justus and BJ The Chicago Kid]
‘All in a Day’s Work’ [feat. Anderson Paak and Marsha Ambrosius]
‘Darkside/Gone’ [feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius and Kendrick Lamar]
‘Loose Cannons’ [feat. Xzibit and COLD 187um]
‘Issues’ [feat. Ice Cube and Anderson Paak]
‘Deep Water’ [feat. Kendrick Lamar and Justus]
‘One Shot One Kill’ [feat. Snoop Dogg]
‘Just Another Day’ [feat. Asia Bryant]
‘For the Love of Money’ [feat. Jill Scott and Jon Connor]
‘Satisfaction’ [feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius and King Mez]
‘Animals’ [feat. Anderson Paak]
‘Medicine Mane’ [feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay and Anderson Paak]
‘Talking to My Diary’

Straight Outta Compton will receive its UK release on August 28. It stars O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F Gary Gray.