Dr. Dre To Donate Royalties From New Album To Fund Compton Arts Center
August 6, 2015 at 5:04 PM (PT)
DR, DRE is putting his money where his roots are.
The iconic rapper/producer/BEATS BY DRE founder will donatge all of the artist royalties from his new album, "COMPTON," the soundtrack to the upcoming movie, "Straight Outta COMPTON," to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city. The news was announced today on BEATS 1 radio DJ ZANE LOWE's program, according to ROLLINGSTONE.COM.
"I feel it's the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album," DRE told LOWE. DRE revealed that he'll be working with COMPTON Mayor AJA BROWN on the center.
"I've been really trying to do something special for COMPTON and just couldn't quite figure out what it was. [The mayor] actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, 'Boom, this is what we should do.'"
DRE will premiere the album tonight on APPLE MUSIC, by playing it as a loop for three hours beginning at 6p (PT). At 9p, LOWE will host a radio show dedicated to the album. The LP comes out tomorrow, while the movie comes to theaters a week from tomorrow, AUGUST 14th.
DRE worked with new artists like KING MEZ and JUSTUS on the new album. Speaking to Lowe, Dre mentioned the help he got from emerging artists on the album.
"These two guys actually came in and just grinded with me throughout the entire project," DRE said. "As a matter of fact, most of the lyrics are written by us three. We would just go into the studio, put up the track and for some reason, the stars aligned and we killed it, man."
The album includes 16 new DR.DRE songs, with appearances by EMINEM, KENDRICK LAMAR, ICE CUBE, SNOOP DOGG, THE GAME and XZIBIT, among others. "COMPTON," DRE has said, will be his "grand finale," which puts to rest years of speculation about the release of his long-awaited "Detox."
"COMPTON" is subtitled "A Soundtrack by DR DRE" and serves as a companion piece to the N.W.A biopic.
"During principal photography, I felt myself going to the studio and being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album," DRE said on his BEATS 1 program "The Pharmacy" earlier this month. "I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished. It's bananas.... I'm really proud of this."