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Album reviews
Dr. Dre
Release year:
Aftermath , Interscope
24 November 2015 / by Paula Owusu (author)

The time has come. Fans have waited over a decade in anticipation of a new album release by hip hop’s great Dr. Dre. After his second studio album entitled “2001” back in 1999, hip hop lovers searched aimlessly for any signs of a follow up. Speculations around a new album called “Detox” had been the topic of discussion in the hip hop community for quite some sadly, the album never came to fruition but. Over time Dre continued to make his presence known with the oversight of the careers of many successful hip hop artist’s known today.

The 2000’s left us with Dr. Dre favorites  like “Xxplosive”, “The Next Episode” and “Forgot About Dre”. It  seemed anything Dre touched turned gold or should we say platinum. His third studio release “Compton” seems to be no exception. This album is full of new non-traditional sounds of hip hop, an all too familiar key ingredient to the success of Dre. and his creation of timeless music. The Dr. gives us a dose of what we’ve all been waiting for, and nothing short of what we’ve come to expect of him. He takes listeners through a cinematic journey of life in the C.P.T. An album compilation inspired by the release of the new movie “Compton” a story about N.W.A. (one of hip hop’s most influential rap groups).

This album is not a revival of the West Coast music but a reminder that they have never left.
It reminds you of the early onslaught of the N.W.A. hip hop era, a time period which saw the
aggressive uprising of turmoil between law enforcement and residents of the impoverished areas of the West Coast. Hip Hop music was being a scapegoat for many.Bare witness to the lyrical rampage by Dr. Dre as he slays instrumentals with the vivid imaginations of Cali’s own Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube and Snoop Dogg (Dogg (just to name a few). The album starts off with a movie like intro taking you along the journey of the uprising of West Coast music, and finding the balance between music and the streets. With “Genocide”, Kendrick paints this picture through the eyes of a gunned down victim running rampant in the streets.

 Dre also talks at length about triumph, believing that whatever anguish you suffer from in life can be used to create positive opportunities . “It’s All on Me” reminds listeners of this, and instantly makes you miss the old school Nate Dog collaborations. BJ the Chicago Kid featured on the track respectfully pays homage to the late Nate Dog. Dre goes in depth about his early days enjoying neighbourhood cook outs, DJ’ing and, how heavily people relied on him to turn dreams onto reality. If you have been looking for a refreshing outlook on today’s hip hop music and the essence of it, then Welcome to Compton!


The author

Paula Owusu

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