Album Review: Dr Dre. “Compton” by Blade Brown
Artist: Dr. Dre
Album: “Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre“
It took a long time. Fifteen & a half years actually, but Dr. Dre has finally delivered his final album. Although for years we’ve heard that “Detox” would be his final album, it has also grown to be an urban legend in the music world since many believed we’d never get it. Feeling inspired with the filming of the NWA biopic (which he helped produce), Dr. Dre got in the studio to create his final album. An album inspired by the film itself: Compton.
After a cinematic intro, the album gets off to a strong start with “Talk About It” which features King Mez & Justus. The first of many contributions the two artists provide to the album. “It’s All On Me” features frequent TDE collaborator BJ The Chicago Kid. On it, Dre reminisces on the old days and how everyone has always depended on him to get things going. Darkside/Gone features King Mez, Kendrick Lamar and Marsha Ambrosius, all with their second appearance on the album. The song features two separate beats. “Darkside”, produced by Best Kept Secret and “Gone” produced by Dre himself, is a clear standout on the album. Particularly a ferocious verse from Kendrick and Marsha’s infectious chorus. “Loose Cannons” features Xzibit and former Ruthless Records label mate Cold 187um. The song finds Xzibit in rare form with a verse that hits as hard and the beat.
Dr. Dre has had a long running history of having songs on his albums that he doesn’t even perform on (Xxplosive & Kurupt’s classic verse comes to mind). This album is no different. “Just Another Day” finds The Game lacing a thunderous beat with the aggressive rhymes he’s build his decade spanning career on. “One Shot One Kill” finds Jon Connor trading bars with Snoop Dogg, who sounds like he’s fresh out of jail in 1992. “For The Love Of Money” samples the Bone Thugs-n-Harmony song of the same name. On it, Dre and Jon Connor deliver solid verses while Jill Scott lays down a soulful chorus, like only she can. The album ends with “Talking To My Diary”, which plays out as the culmination of his career. The song will likely be the end of Dre’s career as an artist, and is the perfect ending to the album.
Compton is a very good album. It is not only a perfect score to the movie, but even without the film it’s a solid body of work that will be a perfect send off to the legendary Dr. Dre. Just like the movie it’s inspired by, Compton is a must for any fan of NWA and Dr. Dre.
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