It was a long time between drinks for Dr. Dre when it came to putting out new music. But now, after last year’s release of Compton, inspired by the critically acclaimed N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, the legendary hip-hop icon has more new music in store for us.
According to HipHopDX, Dre will be releasing new music as part of the adaptation of the graphic novel entitled LOADED. It is scheduled for release sometime later during this year and will see Dre providing an audio soundtrack to go along with the book.
The project will also see him teaming up with long-time collaborator and friend Mark Batson.
“I’m excited to work with Mark on the music for LOADED. When he gave me the book, I immediately fell in love with the story, so I’m honoured that he asked me to be a part of the process,” Dre said.
The graphic novel centres on the background story of an elite assassin who remains nameless throughout. Robert Patla, who is the General Manager of the company which released LOADED, went into detail about how the project would end up. “Imagine if James Bond or Jason Bourne came from the streets of The Wire… Now imagine that story set to the music of Mark Batson and Dr. Dre,” he said.
“Typically with these kinds of stories, you only get a glimpse of these hardened assassins as adults. But at one point, they were normal. The uniqueness here lies in the detailed depiction of the transition.”
However, for Dr. Dre it doesn’t stop there either. Writer David C.Wilson (The Man from U.N.C.L.E) has signed up to work on the television adaptation of LOADED. While the series is also set to feature original music produced by Dre and Batson, alongside a whole host of as yet unnamed artists.
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