Review: Dr Dre – Compton: A Soundtrack

In Hip Hop by Tom Hill

Review: Dr Dre – Compton: A Soundtrack

After years of patient anticipation for Detox, Dr Dre has surprised fans with a brand new third album. Whilst not 2001’s long awaited sequel Compton: A Soundtrack more than delivers proving a tour de force of Dre’s unabated musical abilities and all the talent Compton has to offer. Coming in the wake of the new Straight Outta Compton movie the album sees Dre and Ice Cube back in the studio together and serves as a musical narrative of the story.

Despite the fears of longevity Dr. Dre proves he has nowhere near fell off and the rich sounds of the album’s production are testament to his reputation as one of hip hop’s greatest producers. A true soundtrack the album narrates life in Compton, the musical journeys and struggles of its artists and a reflection of the current scene and success. “I just bought California” raps Dre on Talk About It and in this grand finale the claim is certainly borne out.

Famed for his ability to identify and nurture new stars many of Dre’s protégés past and present appear with guest spots from Snoop Dogg, Eminem and Kendrick Lamar amongst others. The album is also bolstered by a wide range of upcoming new artists from all across the US and even further afield. All this comes together to make an ensemble effort which is straight fire and a perfect tribute to a city always at the heart of hip hop.

Compton: A Soundtrack is available exclusively for download from iTunes or can be streamed through Apple Radio