We recently reported that Dr. Dre’s new album “Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre” would help build a new arts center in Compton, California, with all album royalties going to support that effort. Before the album could even go on sale Dr. Dre streamed it for free on Apple Music.
The album dropped on Friday and was inspired by the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.”
“I felt myself being so inspired by the movie that I started to record an album,” Dre said on Apple Music’s Beats 1 radio show “The Pharmacy.”
Apple streamed the album for free from 9 p.m.ET until midnight, when “Compton” was officially released. The movie “Straight Outta Compton” will hit theaters on August 14.
Apple purchased Dr. Dre’s ‘Beats; company for $3 billion in 2014 and the tech giant has maintained a solid relationship with the famed rapper and super-producer. Dr. Dre and business partner Jimmy Iovine accepted roles at Apple to help oversee the Beats by Dre lineup.
The album includes collaborations from fellow N.W.A. group member Ice Cube and long-time collaborator and friend Eminem. Also featured on tracks are Kendrick Lamar and King Mez.
“A lot of my friends came through for me in a big way…It was crazy trying to wrangle everybody together and decide who was going to go on which track,” Dre said.