There are so many reasons to celebrate Dr. Dre's return to the album world with Compton.
As you likely know by now, the Good Doctor is slated to release his new project on August 7 exclusively through Apple. And there are plenty of excellent excuses to geek out over this LP's release. Here are just a few reasons why we just can't wait for the album to drop, starting with each of the effort's features.
Dr. Dre and Kendrick Lamar teamed up for three songs on Compton, which is quite fitting. I mean, they're both from the CPT, after all. Plus, we get another glimpse of what the mentor and his protege can do to influence the world from the left coast. Can't wait to hear what these two created in the lab.
Dre said N.W.A's biopic "Straight Outta Compton" inspired Compton: A Soundtrack. Since that's the case, how could you even imagine this LP without Cube's input? The two made history as members of The World's Most Dangerous Group and as solo artists. And now, the Natural Born Killaz return on "Issues," off the forthcoming project.
Ever since Dr. Dre said Slim Shady was a basehead on "My Name Is...," we've basically looked forward to everything these two worked on. And from "Guilty Conscious" through "I Need A Doctor" and beyond, they've given us much to cheer for. Em is just on one track off this LP, but we're thinking it'll be a dope collab like the ones we've come to expect from these two.
Before Em and K. Dot, Dr. Dre brought Snoop Dogg into the rap world. And through the years their collabs, from "Deep Cover" on, have given us countless tunes to continue rolling down the street with. The Doggfather is set to appear on two songs off this next episode and their longtime chemistry suggests both cuts will be fire.
While he was an established and well-respected MC before connecting with the Good Doc, X's work with Dre stands as some of his best material to date. Their work on Restless and Man Vs. Machine, for example, exemplify the kind of firepower Dre and X can bring to their "Loose Cannons" collaboration on Compton.
Shortly after the Compton news was made, Raleigh, North Carolina's King Mez - who appears on three of the project's songs - Instagrammed a text message conversation with Dr. Dre. The N.W.A icon’s statement? Simple. “We’re going to kill ‘em.” Sounds like Dre's confident in the work these two put in for this album.
Ambrosius once said working with Dre was a "learning curve." It appears this duo is working like clockwork these days. Marsha shows up on Compton a whopping four times. Looks like those early sessions have really paid off.
Back in 2000, this Philadelphia singer answered a very important question on her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Since then, Jilly from Philly, has become a powerful voice in music, working with MCs ranging from Paul Wall to Lupe Fiasco.
Scott appears on this LP's "For The Love Of Money" with Jon Connor. And though it's only one track, we're looking forward to what her soulful vocals bring to the project.
Straight outta Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, Candice has emerged as a vital voice on Dr. Dre's Compton. The singer -- who names Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey and Lauryn Hill among her influences -- appears twice on the the Good Doc's new LP. Moreover, she worked with Eminem and Kendrick Lamar on this effort. We're looking to see what they cooked up together.
The Michigan MC has been grinding for years on his Aftermath material ever since signing with Dr. Dre's imprint. Well, it looks like some of that music will be unleashed through Compton: A Soundtrack. As noted, Connor teams up with Jill Scott on "For The Love Of Money," a song we can't wait to hear. And he also teamed up with Snoop for "One Shot One Kill."
Anderson Paak -- who released Venice last year -- is featured on Compton: A Soundtrack. But wait, because Paak isn't just on the album. The Ventura County, Calif. singer -- who has worked with Dumbfoundead and Watsky in the past -- is actually on four of the project's cuts, collab'ing with Marsha Ambrosius, Ice Cube and Eminem, among others in the process.
Asia Bryant appears on Compton's "Just Another Day," but it isn't just another collaboration for the singer. Soon after the Soundtrack news hit the web, the Charleston, South Carolina singer spoke about her gratitude for this new LP. "I'm sooo blessed for this opportunity," she said on Instagram. "Lord only knows how rough the year has been but God is so amazing! I'm so grateful to him for all the restructuring and work he is doing in my life. All praises due."
BJ The Chicago Kid
BJ The Chicago Kid - who has collabbed with Kendrick Lamar and ScHoolboy Q in the past, among others - worked on the upcoming LP's "It's All On Me." As his name notes, BJ is from Chi Town and the artist is making sure to make waves from the east to the west and back.
Cold 187um - or Big Hutch - is set to link up with Xzibit on “Loose Cannons.” The Pomona, Calif. MC worked with Dre for a few years in the '80s and ‘90s. But the Above The Law rap star’s relationship with the Good Doctor became strained over the years. Good to see them working together again.
Justus is another lesser known name featured on this LP several times. The artist - who appears on three songs that made the tracklist - may not live in the spotlight at the moment, but his Compton contributions will no doubt move him that much closer to the limelight .
These two have crafted some bangers together in the past. And it's looking like they've got another one on their hands with "Just Another Day" featuring Asia Bryant. Plus, we have to wonder if this is also a sign of what's to come from The Documentary 2 LP. Can't wait to find out.
F. Gary Grey Has Glowing Reviews
The "Straight Outta Compton" director told MTV News that this LP is "deep" and full of musical influences from various genres. Grey's review really has us anxiously awaiting the album's drop date.
It's The Perfect Warm-Up For "Straight Outta Compton"
“Straight Outta Compton” is one of the year’s most anticipated movies. Since the film inspired this LP, it’s only fitting that we listen to this the whole week leading up to the motion picture premiere.
While DJ Premier does not appear in the tracklist as a guest, he may very well be a part of it. According to famed turntablist DJ Rhettmatic's Instagram post today, Dre and Primo joined forces for a cut that features Anderson Paak. And if that actually happens, it could mean two of the genre's most iconic producers teamed up for what Dre has called his "grand finale."
There are more than 19 reasons to be excited for this project, though. What are you most looking forward to from this album? Let us know in the comments.