Dr Dre is releasing an album next week

Master producer, entrepreneur and Apple Music exec, Dr. Dre will release his first album in a whopping sixteen years at the end of this week. Inspired by, and the soundtrack to, upcoming N,W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, the album will feature the rap legends old and new, including Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar and Eminem.

The rumours were started by Ice Cube last week, who also revealed that an N.W.A reunion tour might be on the way – potentially featuring Eminem in Eazy-E’s place. We all got very excited by the news, but needless to say, it was hard to believe. Considering the number of times we’ve heard hints about new releases in the many long years since Dr. Dre’s legendary The Chronic 2001 (read our 15th anniversary celebratory feature here,) we’ve been understandably tentative.

Taking to his Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music, Dre finally revealed the news that we’ve all been waiting for. Simply titled Compton, the album will be released via iTunes on the seventh of August.

Keep in mind that this album is an entirely separate entity to the long-awaited Chronic follow up Detox. Compton has been exclusively created as the soundtrack to the film. In case you were still a tad confused, don’t be: Dre also officially declared that Detox has been completely canned. “The record (Detox), it just wasn’t good… 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.”

Fair enough.

You can pre-order the album right here, right now. One of he most important producers in the history of hip hop, he has called this his grand finale. I have a feeling it’s going to be a really, really cool.

Watch the minute-long announcement here:

Here’s the track listing:

1. Intro Dr. Dre
2. Talk About It feat. King Mez & Justus
3. Genocide feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay
4. It’s All On Me feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid
5. All In a Day’s Work feat. Anderson Paak & Marsha Ambrosius
6. Darkside/Gone feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar
7. Loose Cannons feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um
8. Issues feat. Ice Cube & Anderson Paak
9. Deep Water feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus
10. Jon Connor,One Shot One Kill feat. Snoop Dogg
11. The Game, Just Another Day feat. Asia Bryant
12. For the Love of Money feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor
13. Satisfiction feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez
14. Animals feat. Anderson Paak
15. Medicine Man feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak
16. Talking To My Diary

Here’s the album cover. Watch the film trailer below.



Straight Outta Compton comes out on September 3 in Australia