Dr. Dre has announced his new album 16 years after his “2001”album in 1999.
The rapper/producer’s new record, “Compton: A Soundtrack,” consists of 16 tracks and will include collaborations with artists including Ice Cube, Eminem, Snoop Dog, Jill Scott and Kendrick Lamar, CNN reported.
In his weekly show, “The Pharmacy With Dr. Dre” which airs on Beats 1 radio, he announced the album in the presence of his special guests Ice Cube and “Straight Outta Compton” film director, F. Gary Gray.
Dre revealed that his new project was inspired by the upcoming film “Straight Outta Compton,” a biopic that documents the rise of his early rap group, N.W.A.
“I was leaving the set, coming to the studio, and I felt myself just being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album … It’s inspired by ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and I’m really proud of this,” the rapper shared.
E! Online reported that Dr. Dre was worried about the film at first and never thought it could be done but said Gray did it right.
“The heart and the emotion are there. You come to understand who we are as people … It’s more than just the music, I think the music is the co-star in the movie, and our characters, being able to understand who we are and what it took to get this thing done, I think people are really going to gravitate towards that and really appreciate it, and be inspired by it as well,” the rapper noted.
He also revealed why “Detox” was never release in the market.
“The reason ‘Detox’ didn’t come out was because I didn’t like it. I don’t think I did a good enough job, and I couldn’t do that to my fans, and I couldn’t do that to myself, to be perfectly honest with you. I just wasn’t feeling it,” Dr. Dre said during the radio show.
“Compton: The Soundtrack” will be available exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music on Friday (Aug. 7) while the movie “Straight Outta Compton” will hit theaters on August 14.