Dr. Dre Was So Inspired by a Movie About Himself That He Recorded a New Album

<em>Compton: A Soundtrack</em> will be available for streaming August 6

Dre fans won’t have to wait for new music much longer. Last Saturday, August 1, during his Beats 1 radio show The Pharmacy, the rapper announced his new album, Compton: A Soundtrack, will drop August 6. The 16-track LP—his first release since 1999’s 2001—was inspired, he said, by the soon-to-be-released biopic Straight Outta Compton (August 14), which Dre co-produced. The movie tells the story of the legendary West Coast rap group N.W.A., which included (at various times) Dre, Ice Cube, Arabian Prince, Easy-E, DJ Yella, and MC Ren.

The cover of "Compton: A Soundtrack."
The cover of “Compton: A Soundtrack.”

Photograph courtesy twitter.com/drdre

“I was leaving the set, coming to the studio, and I felt myself just being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” he said last weekend. “I started recording a sound track, and I kept it under wraps. And now the album is finished.” N.W.A. alumnus Ice Cube will even make a cameo on the album Dre is calling his “grand finale.”

“Cube came in, [and] he went bananas on the record,” Dre said.

Compton will include tracks featuring Eminem, Snoop Dogg, Jill Scott and Kendrick Lamar, and will be available for (free!) streaming on Apple Music beginning on Thursday at 6 p.m. PST until midnight. Take a look at the track list below.

1. “Intro”
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”