Dr. Dre to release first album after 16 years
Rumors of a new album from rap legend and Beats by Dre founder, Dr. Dre have circulated for weeks and according to fellow hip-hop legend and actor, O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, its release could come sooner than you think.
Dr. Dre is set to release his first album in 16 years as a soundtrack to the biographical film about hip hop group N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton.
Dr. Dre has recorded an original soundtrack for the forthcoming biopic Straight Outta Compton. According to the film’s director F. Gary Gray, the OST contains new music from Dre and features contributions from Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, among others.
In an interview, Dre’s N.W.A. group mate Ice Cube has revealed the entire album will be dropping on August 1st.
According to Rolling Stone, Dre will announce the album’s release on Saturday. However, it’s unlikely the album will actually see release on that day.
“It’s mega, its Dr. Dre, it’s what everybody’s been waiting for,” Ice Cube said. “It’s definitely a dope record, and he’s dropping it all on the same day.” He also confirmed the soundtrack contains new music from N.W.A.
The album will be his first studio record since 1999’s ‘2001’ and although he was believed to be working on a new collection called ‘Detox’ from 2001 to 2008, it was later scrapped after several songs were leaked.