Daniel also know as The Kid from Nothing, is a broke college student looking to make a couple pennies in writing. Not only does he have a strong passion for writing but a crack-like addiction to hip-hop as well. Spends most of his days indecisively debating on what to eat next, while plotting for world domination.
Dr. Dre Proves He’s One of the Greatest Alive with Masterpiece Album Compton
Well, it’s been 16 years, but we finally got another soon-to-be classic album by Andre Young — or, as you probably know him, Dr. Dre.
The album, which dropped Friday, is Compton, a soundtrack inspired by the Straight Outta Compton biopic in which Dr. Dre calls his final album.
For over 30 years, the Doc has provided us with classic albums and tracks that has changed the state of hip-hop. Dr. Dre’s work has continued to grow well past his own discography, though — his brilliance has been layered over the sound of new artists like Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, and now Justus — the so-called Dr. Dre protégé.
Over the years the Doc has established the careers of many from Eminem, 50 Cent, and The Game, and the list goes on and on. And like Dre’s work on all those previous game-changing albums — Compton immediately settled into its niche and proved it is more than just a record. It’s a story about the pain, struggle, determination, and success from a city where hardly anyone makes it out. It is the story of Andre Young.
The intro starts similar to the 2001 album but instead with trumpets giving a loud introduction, sort of like a screenplay and is quickly followed by a description and history of the city of Compton. Although Dr.Dre is known for his classic g-funk infused gansta-rap style, this album quickly has a different vibe to it.
Following the intro, the first track –“Talk About It”– starts off with King Mez, a North Carolina MC, spitting over heavy drums while giving us bar after bar.
Justus, the kid from Garland, Texas who is signed to Aftermath, comes in on the hook and gives us a lighter side to what Mez was spittin — and perfectly harmonizes the two together.
But it’s when Dre enters on the second verse, in which The Doc gives us his first verse off the album, that he kills it:
I just bought California
Them other states ain’t far behind it either
I remember selling instrumentals off a beeper
Millionaire before the headphones or the speakers
I was getting money ‘fore the internet
Still got Eminem checks I ain’t opened yet
MVP shit, this is where the trophies at
D-R-E, this is where the dope is at
Throughout the years it’s been obvious Dre has credited his verses to ghostwriters — like Snoop Dogg on “Nuthin but a G Thang” — and on Compton he clearly states King Mez, Justuce, and Anderson Paak have all contributed greatly to this album.
The next track, “Genocide,” plays up a crazy collaboration we’d never thought you’d see — but of course, it’s Dr. Dre, and he can make anything happen. Artists from all over the world come together and create this perfect song — you have Kendrick Lamar from California, Marsha Ambrosius a singer-songwriter from Liverpool, England, and Candice Pillay, who is also a singer-songwriter from Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This song alone shows you the versatility of the Doctor, and how he can manage to collide with different worlds of music.
But being the greatest producer who ever lived brings high expectations from fans — and sometimes even the Doctor needs a little help. On Compton, Dr. Dre brought in several legendary producers to collaborate and help create this masterpiece of an album — everyone from DJ Premier, Dj Khalil, and Blink, who produced for Jay-Z’s The Blueprint album, to Best Kept Secret duo who have produced songs for Wale and Robin Thicke. Dre also brought in DJ Dahi from Inglewood, who has produced songs like “Worst Behavior” by Drake and “Money Trees” by Kendrick Lamar. It’s easy to say that production on Compton has been mastered and engineered perfectly.
Not only is the production A1, but Dr. Dre made sure to bring on some of the heaviest and illest spitters who have ever touched a mic. With guest appearances from Ice cube on “Issues,” Xzibit on “Loose Cannons,” several verses throughout the album from Kendrick Lamar on “Darkside/Gone” and “Deep Water.
You’ve also got Snoop Dogg on “One Shot One Kill” and “Satisfaction,” and The Game murders the “Just Another Day” track. There’s even a verse from The Doc’s right hand man Eminem.
Dr. Dre mentioned in a Rolling Stones article that he didn’t want to create an album full of artists that are popular right now — he just wanted to bring in new artist to help shed the light on them and their careers. And with Anderson Paak alongside John Connor — who is also signed to the Aftermath label — two artists who have verses all throughout the album, it’s safe to say this MC is on the right path, .
As the album comes to an end on the track “Talking to My Diary,” you can’t help but realize this is it — no more albums from the legendary Andre Young. This final song shows the pain and the struggle felt throughout the Doc’s career. He reminiscences on what it took to become rap’s first billionaire, and even though he lost a lot of friends along the way, Dr. Dre managed to stay true to himself and the love to the craft.
I remember when I got started my intention was to win
But a lot of shit changed since then
Some more friends became enemies in the quest of victory
But I made a vow, never let this shit get to me
I let it pass, so I consider that part of my history
And I’m strong; financially, physically
Mentally I’m on a whole ‘nother level
And don’t forget that I came from the ghetto
As the final verse of the album plays, Dr. Dre flashbacks to his N.W.A days. Regardless of all the beef that went on, the Doc pays tribute to the late Eazy E in a beautiful way.
The song talks about the creative process that happened during the N.W.A days with Ice Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella.
I used to be a starving artist, so I would never starve an artist
This is my passion, it’s where my heart is
It gets the hardest when I think about the dearly departed
Like the nigga I started with
I know Eazy can see me now, looking down through the clouds
And regardless, I know my nigga still proud
It’s been a while since we spoke but you still my folks
We used to sit back, laugh and joke
Now I remember when we used to do all-nighters
You in the booth and Cube in the corner writing
Where Ren at? Shout out to my nigga Yella
Compton is the third and final installment to the legendary discography that also includes the classics The Chronic and 2001 by Andre Young. For this album, all Aftermath artist royalties are going toward building a new performing arts center and entertainment facility in Compton.
It seems that even as rap’s first-ever billionaire, Dr. Dre has not forgotten his roots, and wherever he is the Doc puts on for the city of Compton. Hopefully this isn’t the end of an era, or the end of Dr. Dre’s career, but if it is, let’s bump this classic album as the sun sets while riding in our low-riders. It deserves that tribute.