Earlier this week on August 7th, one of the greatest talents to come out of Compton, California, Dr.Dre finally dropped his first album after 16 long anticipating years, Compton:The Soundtrack. The gangsta rap uplifter and G-funk innovator is responsible for a lot of landmarks in the hip hop genre. After feeding the genre two prodigious gems The Chronic (1992) and 1999’s 2001, hip hop heads were hungry and in dire thirst for the follow up album Detox. He announced on his Beats 1 radio show why Detox is a done and sealed deal. “I didn’t like it. It wasn’t good. The record, it just wasn’t good…I worked my ass off on it, and I don’t think I did a good enough job.” Sheesh, talk about a perfectionist much? The immortal like paramount producer dropped details about the album he’s has been working on, that he is actually proud of, Compton. Dr. Dre is well-known for his galore of guest features on his albums, as he packs the album with prominent guests such as Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Game, Eminem, Jill Scott, Xzibit, Marsha Ambrosius and a near tenfold more of acts.
Dr. Dre surely did not baffle on this project and clearly still got it. His signature style has proven to headway, you can say the guest appearances helped with that, but that does not take away from his advancement. With that being said, here is a list of 5 things we can say about Dr. Dre’s new album, Compton.
- Neo Soul Twist
It was a bit of an exhilarating surprise to find out that both Jill Scott and Marsha Ambrosius, two of the most top notch R&B neo soul singers were going to get harmonious with Dr. Dre. Jill Scott uses her soft signature vocals to fit the vibe of the album on the track “For The Love Of Money” feat. Jon Connor. And yes, Marsha has worked with Dre in the past on her single, “Stronger”, but this collab with him is pure strength as she is featured on 4 tracks; “Genocide” feat. Kendrick Lamar and Candice Pillay, “Satisfaction” feat. Snoop Dogg & King Mez, “Darkside/Gone” feat. Kendrick Lamar & King Mez, and “All In A Day’s Work” feat. Anderson .Paak.
- The Xzibit & Cold187um Pop up
Many people were not really expecting this. A combination of two veteran emcees of the hip hop game to deliver fiery and tense bars on the same track. Dr. Dre drops some bonafide hardcore bars about his hood origins, billionaire come up and the things he will never forget along his journey. While Above The Law’s Cold187um follows up dropping lines about his knowledge on moving in the rap game and how he can care less about who he has to foul play along the way. Xzibit makes his far-out entrance with bars about his lavish lifestyle, hating neighbors, chicks with big boobs, and his willingness to bust talkative dudes upside their heads.
- Rouge Controversy
In the outro of the track “Deep Water” which features upcomer Justus and fellow Compton blow up Kendrick Lamar, plays another one of Dre’s guest artist’s Anderson .Paak (who didn’t drop any bars on the track, just the outro), in the act of drowning and gasping for air as he chants “I can’t, I can’t breathe.” This was assumed to be a reference to the Staten Island police brutality case of Eric Garner. Also on the track “Animals” which was produced by DJ Premier and a true feature by Anderson .Paak, the upcomer shares his anger about thorough police brutality and the deception the mainstream media portrays against blacks. “The police don’t come around these parts, they tell me that we all a bunch of animals, the only time they want to turn the cameras on, is when we’re fuckin’ shit up, come on.” This would be the one of the most politically controversial album Dr. Dre has made ever since Straight Outta Compton.
- The Up and Coming Takeover
Dr. Dre is well known for nourishing up and coming artists as he successfully did with Eminem and 50 Cent. He sat back on a couple of tracks and allowed the newbies to showcase themselves. And of course, it was a must for them to deliver fiercely since this is a Dr. Dre album, and possibly his last. You will find the tunes of the following up comers; Asia Bryant, Anderson .Paak, Candice Pillay, King Mez, Justus, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Jon Connor. Not one of these newbie guest featured artists disappointed. They all assisted Dre with making the Compton soundtrack alive.
- Bigger Than What It Is
There are definitely no radio hits on this album, which is a superb thing. In this album Dr. Dre has confirmed that despite a 16 year gap, he can still construct a masterpiece. This masterpiece happens to truly be apart from anything he has ever made. He displays the skill of flipping beats, switchin up flows, acoustic sounds with sonic flavor, the origin vibe of emceeing and not to mention the DJ Premier production collaboration. This album is to worthy in quality for commercial radio, and completely out of the league for 2015.