‘Compton’ is the former NWA star’s first album in 16 years, following on from 1999’s ‘2001’. As well as his protege Lamar, the LP features Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and more. Listen now at Apple Music.
On the track ‘Darkside/Gone’, Lamar appears to make reference to Drake’s recent track ‘Energy’, rapping: “But still I got enemies giving me energy I wanna fight now/ Subliminally sent to me all of this hate/ I thought I was holding the mic down”.
Meanwhile, on ‘Deep Water’, he namedrops both Drake’s hit ‘Started From The Bottom’ and recent mixtape track ‘6 God’, saying: “Motherfucker know I started from the bottom” and “They liable to bury him, they nominated six to carry him/ They worrying him to death, but he’s no vegetarian/ The beef is on his breath, inheriting the drama better than/ A great white, nigga, this is life in my aquarium”.
Drake and Kendrick Lamar’s rivalry dates back to 2013, with Lamar calling out Drake on his ‘Control’ guest verse.
‘Compton’ was inspired by new NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton and has been described by Dre as his “grande finale”.
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.'”