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After almost 20 years, Dr.Dre comes out with a new prescription


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It’s been 16 years since “The Chronic 2001” and while this isn’t the fabled “Detox” album we’ve been waiting for, Dr. Dre did not disappoint with “Compton.”

The introduction into the album starts off with a little bit of history on the city of Compton, explaining how it became a predominantly black neighborhood and why there is so much gang violence within the inner city.

As you listen more to the album it starts to dive into more aspects of life in Compton. The third song into the album is called “Genocide” and the title focuses on the treatment of blacks throughout the 1980s and 1990s by the police.

Throughout the album we are also treated to sound bites from original NWA songs and the late Eazy-E’s voice is heard throughout the album. However, the album doesn’t lean too heavily on these techniques and instead focuses on its own sound.

As Dre explained, it is simply an album that was inspired by the movie and not a soundtrack for “Straight Outta Compton.” Perhaps it was also made as a sort of marketing tactic to help promote the movie, but it is a great album nonetheless.

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After almost 20 years, Dr.Dre comes out with a new prescription