It’s been 16 years since the west coast hip hip legend Dr. Dre dropped a new album. No it’s not the highly anticipated “Detox” but it’s still a great piece of art.
“Compton” new available on Apple Music is one of the most compelling and well organized albums. It is set to act as a companion to the new N.W.A movie Straight Outta Compton. What makes this album so great isn’t the dense production Dre is known for, but also the features complements the album as a whole. It is clear that this project is a representation of his hometown, and he never loses focus in that. Every track, contributor, and concept achieves a purpose and is executed in the greatest way possible.
On the many reviews that have dropped for the past couple of days, several things became more apparent than others from this new album. Here are four reasons why Dr. Dre’s Compton is astonishing:
1. Everyone who is anyone is loving it. Since the release, Twitter has been going insane about it. Positive reviews from critics show that even after all these years, Dre still got it. Rolling Stones graced the album with 4/5 stars labeling it “impressive” and “something realer, and better”.
2. The features are out-f***ing standing. To no surprise, a Dre album wouldn’t be a real Dre album without the features. But what makes this album much different from most are the “who’s” when it comes to it. Let’s not forget; he is a producer first and foremost. Bringing on the likes of Kendrick Lamar, BJ the Chicago Kid, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit and Eminem just to name a few, this album is a force to be reckoned with.
3. There are a bulk of newcomers than you probably have never even heard of. At first, looking at the track list, one would think that “who are these no names on a Dr. Dre” album. But don’t judge a book by it’s cover. King Mez, Anderson. Paak, Justus, Jon Connor, Candice Pillay and Asia Bryant are the “chosen ones” who were hand-picked and held their ground. But don’t expect them to be on one track on the album, they are consistently used throughout the entire project.
4. Kendrick may/or may not be taking an awesome and epic dab at Toronto’s very own Drake. The media lately has been eating up the back and forth beef between Drake and Meek Mill. Dozens of memes and Gif’s of the two have been surfacing every hour on the hour. Kendrick’s line: “But I still got enemies giving me energy/ I don’t want to fight now/ Subliminals sending me all of this hate/ I thought I was holding the mic down” have many people thinking that he’s throwing Drake a bit of palm trees on his side. But you be the judge.
-Bri Christian (@brirezy)