Forget Detox, Dr. Dre Just Gave Us A Classic Album: Compton
After 16 long years our favorite doctor has returned with a new album, Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre. Is the project worth the long wait? Hell yeah (Dre voice). The album is easily a contender for Rap album of the year and it just might have fans of the genre reconsidering their favorite albums of all time. No joke. It’s that damn good.
Compton features Dr. Dre going harder than he has ever before and delivering some of the best verses he’s ever rhymed. What, you thought I was only going to talk about the beats? Sure, everyone can say Dre doesn’t write his own rhymes and pretend they know Dre‘s whole recording process, but it doesn’t really matter when it comes to the man who helped craft some of the best albums ever. Dre is a living legend and could have presented us with just about anything and we could have ate it all up or straight up shit all over it. But did the man who brought us the group that said mother fuck the police do that? Nope. Instead he got inspired and worked really hard to present us with something special. He assembled the right team, waited for the right moment and gave us a complete package that you just can’t say anything bad about. Of course Dre got insane instrumentals but he’s also spitting some next level shit.
Dr. Dre brings the best out of every artist featured on Compton, including longtime friends such as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Xzibit, Eminem, The Game, and others who will surprise you with their presence. Every verse rapped, every instrument played serves a purpose. Artists who have worked with Dre for the longest prove that they still got it while newcomers like Anderson .Paak, Jon Connor, King Mez and the rest of Dre‘s first class soldiers of the Aftermath army show us they got next. Kendrick Lamar pops up on the album every now and again to let us know that he’s got now, putting his hunger and determination on full display with every lyrical contribution.
Transitions on Compton are phenomenal. A play through of the album will make you feel like you’re in a movie theater with Dre himself watching a blockbuster film about one thing, the motherfucking streets of Compton. The screen is IMAX, the movie is in 3D, the room is dark, the seats are perfect and recline to your liking, you have your favorite snacks and refreshments by your side, a wonderful aroma is in the air, everyone else in the theater is people you know and love and they’re keeping quiet and enjoying the visual with you.
After an hour and 2 minutes the movie ends and you just want more. You watch the credits roll and lots of names are listed. You support every name you see and smile while their name approaches the top of the screen. Some names you’re very familiar with, some are completely new to you but they stick to your brain. You’re left asking yourself many questions about everything you’ve just seen. The main question on your brain: “is this the last time I’ll see Andre Young‘s name hit the top of the screen?” That’s when Dr. Dre leans over and says to you “I used to be a starving artist so I would never starve an artist. This is my passion, it’s where my heart is.”
Compton is a masterpiece and while it has moments where it reflects on all of Dr. Dre‘s success and could serve somewhat as a narrative for the unapologetic NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton, it holds it’s own weight as a complete body of work. The album is nostalgic to a point but the instrumentals, flows, delivery and overall output is somehow a step into the future. After your first full play through you’ll run the album back and dissect it. You’ll look at the credits to see who co-produced this, who wrote that. Who said this, who sung that.
Dr. Dre is 50 years old, a billionaire, sold millions of headphones and launched some of the biggest names in entertainment. He has kept his name alive for decades and continues to take steps forward as a mogul but his one true love is music. Will Dre eventually ride off into the sunset in a ’64 Impala? Sure, but we’ll always have the diary he left us to study, Compton.
“I used to be a starving artist so I would never starve an artist. This is my passion, it’s where my heart is.”
That’s what it’s all about. As long as Dre‘s heart beats his passion is still alive and he will help push music forward. Compton is a classic album that will inspire every artist to step it up or get stepped on by the starving artist who is eager to take their place. Shit, it might just be a kid from Compton, California.