Dr. Dre will release his first album in 16 years – the soundtrack for the upcoming movie, “Straight Outta Compton,” a bio on the infamous, groundbreaking hip-hop group that came to prominence in the late 1980s, which Dre was a founder of.
The Universal Pictures project is directed by F. Gary Gray, with O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively. Meanwhile, Aldis Hodge plays MC Ren, and Neil Brown Jr. is DJ Yella in the N.W.A biopic titled “Straight Outta Compton.”
Carra Patterson and Paul Giamatti are also in the cast, playing Tomica Woods, Eazy-E’s widow (who inherited his share of N.W.A. song rights, and is also a producer on the film), and Jerry Heller, manager of the group.
Keith Stanfield plays Snoop Dogg.
The upcoming film, which follows the group as they emerge from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s, to go onto revolutionize pop culture with their music, is set for a release in August, 14 2015.
Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film, alongside Gray.
As you’d probably expect, a film like this will come with a thumping soundtrack of its own – and not just music created by the group from the period during which the film takes place, but some fresh, original music produced just for its soundtrack. That’s where Dr. Dre steps in.
Titled “Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre,” the album will be available this Friday, August 7, a week before the release of the film.
For those who’ve been expecting a proper follow-up in his much-anticipated “Detox” album, Dre revealed on his radio show over the weekend that he scrapped it after years of work, saying: “It just wasn’t good.”