Dr. Dre has finally released his long awaited follow up to Chronic 2001, in the form of Compton. “The Good Doctor” couldn’t have picked a better time. Coupling his highly anticipated release with the widely successful NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, this album couldn’t have a better set up. Dr. Dre is an icon and has been reported to be the first hip-hop billionaire. His attention to detail and patience has made him a unicorn to his adoring fans and the hip-hop community as a whole. Many have speculated that Dr. Dre just couldn’t produce the same quality with a new age sound, even when I put the album on I was forced to ask myself: can the Beats headphone mogul still crank out the hits?
The answer is, YES! Dr. Dre has, and will always be, a force to be reckoned with in hip-hop. The album is blended perfectly and takes you directly to the Compton city streets. From the beginning the intro boasts Compton’s criminal element, reminds you exactly who Dr. Dre is and what this album is all about. Although, traditionally, soundtracks are a laundry list of random hits throughout time, Dre has changed the game by making a “soundtrack” with all original brand new songs, taking a page out of Jay Z’s book from when he did something similar on his American Gangster project. You’ll love the energy and vibe of this album. Every song is completely fleshed out from beginning to end. You can tell Dre and his team of songwriters and producers really took the time to make the album feel alive. Another great thing about Compton is everyone who is supposed to be present, is present. From Ice Cube, to Snoop Dogg, to Nate Dogg-inspired hooks, to Eazy E sound bites, to Eminem and Xzibit lyrically slaughtering their verses, to the feel-good music Dre is known for, nothing is missing. Also the new talent (Jon Connor, Anderson Paak, King Mez) that Dre has drawn from for this project is unmatched.
The only thing I hated about this album is that there are no music videos or official singles out. In 2015 the visual is just as important if not more important than the music. And on the visual front the album is a huge fail. Some might say the film, Straight Outta Compton, serves as the visual, which is a good argument, but the music is so well-put-together that visuals from specific songs would make this roll out the total package. The album was released a little over a week ago and maybe we will see videos in the coming months, which is an old school promotional model. Nowadays artists release singles and videos before their albums come out. If my only problem is a lack of music videos, it’s safe to say that Dr. Dre hasn’t disappointed.
Overall Dr. Dre has reminded everyone why he can take over a decade off. His flows are on point, his hooks are Grammy-worthy and his beats are the best beats you’ve heard in years. Mark Dre down for another W on his already stacked scorecard. Live with this album, but if you don’t have much time and just want to know what you can’t miss, here’s the honorable mentions. “Its All On Me” is one of the best songs on the album. “Issues” featuring Ice Cube is a novelty, since we haven’t heard these superstars rap on a song together in 20 years. “Deep Water” is a deep song and Kendrick Lamar spits one of the best verses of his career. “Animals” featuring DJ Premier is notable. “Medicine Man” featuring Eminem is another shining moment on the album and Marshall is in rare form. “For The Love Of Money” (a play off the Bone Thugs-N-Harmony hit of the same title song from E. 1999 Eternal) featuring songstress, Jill Scott is worth a couple of listens. The album ends with “Talking To My Diary,” a song that is played during the end credits in Straight Outta Compton. Dre walks down memory lane on this one and it makes for an interesting experience. The Game has a solo song on the album with only one verse,” Just Another Day,” and “Chuck Taylor” reminds everyone that with Dre behind the boards, he sounds perfect. Download Dr. Dre’s Compton at iTunes NOW!
Born and raised in Washington DC, Nikki Mack began writing as a way to escape a pretty boring suburban life. Nikki Mack is an avid reader and self-proclaimed recluse and is currently working tirelessly on an urban fiction novel.