Review #98: Dr Dre – Compton

Artist – Dr Dre
Album – Compton (2015)

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Dr Dre is a rapper, producer and business man from Compton, USA. To say Dre has accomplished a lot in his career would still be an understatement. So far Dr Dre has formed one of the most prolific hip hop group in history (N.W.A), took under his wing some of today’s biggest names, Eminem, Snoop, 50 Cent, Xzibit, Kendrick Lamar and The Game, popularised the G-funk genre, worked with Tupac and Suge Knight to build Deathrow Records, released two solo albums to critical success (The Chronic, Chronic 2001), produced albums such as Snoops debut ‘Doggystyle’ and (whether you like them or not) created today’s largest headphone brand ‘Beats’. After 16 years here is Dre’s 3rd solo album ‘Compton’.

When it comes to music Dre is a man all about quality, as of just recently explaining that it’s taken him so long to release a new album because what he was previously working on just didn’t cut it. After giving up on this previous effort Dre’s obviously focused all his attention on ‘Compton’ and truly created something of substance, a piece of art that reflects on his history, problems he’s currently facing and bringing along his peers to guest feature alongside. These guests are a who’s who of rap history, featuring talented and passionate performances from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit & Ice Cube, amongst many up and comers. As the title would suggest lyrical content is mainly focused around the city of Compton, also mainly due to it being a companion piece to the recent N.W.A biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton. Dre speaks about his city and the problems it’s faced, the artists he’s helped raise and the loved ones he’s lost, feautring a call back to late N.W.A member Eazy-E in the song ‘Darkside/Gone’. The beats are written with the old school style in mind, but with a slightly up to date feel, showing that Dre hasn’t settled in his producing style just because he’s already made it.

Compton seems to have been a sigh of relief to all gangsta-rap. g-funk, hip-hop fans. After such a long time Dre didn’t go down the Gun’s N Roses route and create something terrible with such huge hype, but gave the people what they wanted … and more.


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