Dr. Dre’s third and final studio album will drop on Thursday but its true effects will be felt for generations. That’s because Dre has decided to donate all of his royalties from his album to build a new Compton Arts Center.
The “Straight Outta Compton” rapper will donate all artist royalties from his Compton album to pay for a new performing arts and entertainment facility in Compton, California.
The album debuts on Beats 1 at 6 p.m. PT Thursday.
“We’ve reached out to [Compton Mayor] Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two,” Dr. Dre explained to Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe. “I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton”
The Compton album is Dr. Dre’s first studio record in 16 years, following up his smash hit Chronic 2001. The new LP features 16 tracks including collaborations with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Ice Cube, The Game, Jill Scott and more.
The release has been set to work in conjunction with the August 14 premiere of the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton.
“I feel like it’s the right thing to do,” the 50-year-old said, “and I just hope everybody appreciated the hard work I put into this album.”
Compton, which is available for pre-order, will be on iTunes after the album stream.