Dr Dre announces Compton: His first new album in 16 years was inspired by the NWA documentary.

Dr. Dre’s First Album in 16 Years, Compton, Will Be Released This Week

Dr. Dre’s First Album in 16 Years, Compton, Will Be Released This Week

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Aug. 2 2015 3:03 PM

Dr. Dre Announces His First New Album in 16 Years

Dr. Dre performs onstage at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Coachella

The new N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, has been getting rave early reviews, but regardless of reception it should now be eternally remembered for precipitating Dr. Dre’s long-awaited third album. On Saturday, during his weekly Beats 1 radio show, Dre announced that he’d release Compton: A Soundtrack on Aug. 7, marking his first new record in 16 years. Here’s a clip from the show, in which the rapper credits Straight Outta Compton with inspiring him to make the album:

The news also means Detox, the legendary unreleased album Dre has discussed, promoted, and vacillated on for the past decade, is finally dead. The reason is hard to argue with: According to Dre, the album “just wasn’t good.” Compton, on the other hand, seems pretty promising, with Kendrick Lamar, Ice Cube, and Snoop Dogg all making appearances. A cover and full track list can be found here.

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