Compton

Compton

by Dr. Dre

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Overview

For 16 years, the third Dr. Dre album was supposed to be The Detox, but that once-mythical, canceled LP was replaced by Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, a supposedly final effort that was "inspired" by the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. When Dre says "inspired" he likely means the film gave him a reason to consider his history, and how he went from local gangsta to national threat, and on to billionaire businessman extraordinaire. Still, the most pleasing element of Compton is that it touches on all of the above but lives in the present. This brilliant kaleidoscopic LP, which was recorded in under a year, focuses on the veteran producer's connection to the modern world as it references Eric Garner, frames it with N.W.A.'s history, and decides that little has changed. It also celebrates the new breed, taking the busy, jazz-inspired structure of Kendrick Lamar's masterpiece release To Pimp a Butterfly, and adds grooves that are entirely Dre, playing it steady, swaying, and locking listeners in. Early highlight "Genocide" puts it all in one cut as robotic funk finds Kendrick in full rage, while Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Pillay provide the soul before the track exits with some wild dubstep doo wop, as the more developed Compton still has all the quirks and smart-ass humor of The Chronic. The music is crooked enough to put Snoop Dogg into the groove for the swaggering "Satisfaction," and remains raw enough to drive Eminem into dangerous territory on "Medicine Man," while fellow N.W.A. member Ice Cube is offered a challenging, compressed loop for the straight talking and rightfully agitated "Issues." Quotes from past albums and past productions are all over this album, and the Aftermath roster comes alive again with Jon Connor and Justus shining in their spotlights, and after an angelic Jill Scott feature dubbed "For the Love of Money" paints this former Death Row artist as more serene than anyone ever thought, the closing "Talking to My Diary" ties up the loose ends as Dre professes a belief that Eazy-E is smiling at him from above. It's an excellent end to an attractive and rich LP, and as the man returns to icon status with this stoic and stern stance, the most unfortunate thing about this "final" effort is that this unproductive gangsta perfectionist who moves at a Golem's pace has now flourished under a tight timetable. Since Compton crackles with life and spirit, it seems a shame to shut that door.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/21/2015
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602547536341
catalogNumber: 002391202
Rank: 25907

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dr. Dre   Primary Artist
Snoop Dogg   Vocals
DJ Premier   Vocals
Scott Mayo   Flute
Francisco Torres   Trombone
Xzibit   Vocals
Fredwreck Nassar   Keyboards
Jason Freese   Saxophone
Marsha Ambrosius   Vocals
Ron Blake   Trumpet
Andre Brissett   Keyboards
Dontae Winslow   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Game   Vocals
Dem Jointz   Vocals
Craig Owens   Vocals
Erik "Baby Jesus" Coomes   Bass,Guitar
Wyann Vaughn   Vocals
Curt Chambers   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Slim Da Mobster   Vocals
Eric Griggs   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Fredwreck   Keyboards
Jimmy Lovine   Vocals
Focus...   Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Sly Jordan   Vocals
Theron Feemster   Keyboards,Vocals
Trevor Lawrence   Percussion,Drums
King Mez   Vocals
Candice Pillay   Vocals
Daniel Tannenbaum   Vocals
Roget Chahayed   Keyboards
Anderson .Paak   Vocals
Cheyenne Lavene   Vocals
Sean Kantrowitz   Bass,Guitar
Lia Mack   Vocals
Joslynn Brown   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dr. Dre   Producer,Executive Producer
Russell Brown   Composer
DJ Premier   Producer
Joel Iwataki   Engineer
Howard King   Legal Advisor
Mauricio Iragorri   Engineer
Andre Young   Composer
Gretchen Anderson   Producer
Roosevelt Harrell   Composer
Scurry   Producer
DJ Silk   Producer
Bink   Producer
Peter Paterno   Legal Advisor
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Chris E. Martin   Composer
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer
Mike Saputo   Art Direction
DJ Khalil   Producer
Andre Brissett   Composer
Jennifer Hammond   String Arrangements
Dontae Winslow   Composer,Producer
Todd Douglas   Legal Advisor
Dennis Dennehy   Publicity,Marketing
Dem Jointz   Producer
Best Kept Secret   Producer
Jayceon Taylor   Composer
Jurgen Grebner   Marketing
Don Robinson   Marketing
Choc   Producer
Curt Chambers   Composer,Producer
Jason Sangerman   Marketing
Alvin Joiner   Composer
Free School   Producer
Victor Luevanos   Engineer
Ryan Buendia   Composer
Ric McRae   Engineer
Focus...   Producer
Mario Johnson   Composer
Michael McHenry   Composer
Jean-Baptiste Kouame   Composer
Matt Bridges   Sample Clearance
Sly Jordan   Composer
Mike Strange   Engineer
Bernard Edwards   Composer
Joseph Trapanese   String Arrangements
Susan Hilderley   Legal Advisor
Debra Macculloch   Sample Clearance
Asia Bryant   Composer
DJ Dahi   Producer
Quentinn Gilkey   Engineer
Theron Feemster   Composer,Producer
Stanley Benton   Composer
Bink!   Producer
Trevor Lawrence   Composer,Producer
Derek "MixedByAli" Ali   Engineer
Carl McCormick   Composer
Dwayne "Dem Jointz" Abernathy   Composer
Kendrick Duckworth   Composer
M.W. Ricks   Composer
Tyheim Cannon   Composer
Candice Pillay   Composer
Daniel Tannenbaum   Composer
Craig Balmoris   Composer
Kyle VandeKerkhoff   Engineer
Julian Nixon   Composer
Dmitry Zaytsev   Engineer
Dacoury Natche   Composer
Kyle Edwards   Composer
Anderson .Paak   Composer
BMB Spacekid   Producer
Jon Freeman   Composer
Cardiak   Producer
Khalil Abdul-Rahman   Composer
Carl M. Cartagena   Engineer
Justin Mohrle   Composer
D.R.U.G.S. Beats   Producer
Dmitry Semenov   Composer
Dorian Norman   Composer
Anthony Johnson   Composer

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