It has been over twenty-two years since Dr. Dre, Andre Young, released his classic The Chronic and over fifteen years since 2001, fans have finally been given their Detox though with a under a new moniker. The hip hop mogul released his album exclusively Apple Music, Apple Inc’s recent venture into the music streaming industry. Dr. Dre is quite familiar with the corporation being that he reportedly sold the Beats by Dr. Dre brand to Apple Inc. for a reported $3.2 billion and still receives checks from the Fortune 500 company.
With a strong connection to a music distributor and the publicity surrounding Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about the rise and fall of N.W.A that was produced by Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, among others, it was a marketers dream that Dr. Dre release Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre. The hip hop veteran was joined by an extensive list of artists like Kendrink Lamar, The Game, Eminem, Jon Conner, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott and many more established and new artists. Only two tracks were featureless, the “Intro” and “Talking to My Diary.” Already being coined as legendary, the flow that Dr. Dre is known combined with the help of co-writers and features makes Compton a great standalone album and soundtrack for the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton due to nostalgic nature of album. Hearing Dr. Dre outside a commercial will by nature make you think you are back in the 90s. One thing is certain and that’s that production is the height of this album with the compiling of signature sounds of talented artists with “Talking to my Diary” being the key track that demonstrates the the classic Dr. Dre seen in The Chronic.
Favorite Track: “Talking to My Diary”