Dr Dre is donating album royalties to new Compton arts centre

'Compton' is out tomorrow

Dr Dre has announced he will donate royalties earned from ‘Compton’, the rapper-producer’s first album in 16 years, to the funding of a new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city of Compton. Dre revealed the news earlier today (August 6) to Zane Lowe on the DJ’s Beats 1 Radio shot.

“I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” said Dre, 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.'”

‘Compton’ is officially released tomorrow but will stream exclusively on Apple Music from 6pm to 9pm PST tonight (2am to 5am Friday morning in the UK). The album will feature guests Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Xzibit, among others, and has been described by Dre as his “grande finale”.


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.