Album Review: Dr. Dre’s “Compton” Hits Hard

Amir Baz

Compton went right to the top but then started to drop.

Dr. Dre released the long anticipated album “Compton”  back in August. “Compton” was supposed to be a replacement for “Detox,” which he has been supposedly been working on since he released The Chronic in 1992. Rumors swirled, leading people to believe that “Detox” would never come out; something spectacular dropped in its place. Dr. Dre’s role as a producer for “Straight Outta Compton,” which focused on the lives of rappers such as N.W.A. and Easy E. inspired him to scrap “Detox” and begin working on the new album that would become “Compton.”

The album made huge news its first week selling over 286,000 copies. The whirlwind success was no surprise considering the rap legend and producer had been off the scene and had fans eagerly waiting for him to return. The album’s features also helped in the increase of purchasing in the first week due to the artists like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Xzibit, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, and Flint’s very own native Jon Conner.

The 16-track album combines the old styles of Dr. Dre with today’s rap flow. The tracks are signature, one of a kind beats that listeners wouldn’t usually hear today. The lyrics go beyond talking about money and making up new words to rhyme with each other.

I will say my favorite songs are easily “Medicine Man” and “Talking to My Diary.” “Medicine Man” features a sped-up snare and bass beat in the background but also has a weird mix of music with amazing lyrics on top of it. “Talking to My Diary” is the only track on “Compton where Dr. Dre is rapping by himself. The use of the trumpet in this song is what truly makes it amazing and unique.

After I listened to the whole album I immediately had to replay the album just because it was insane to me how no two songs really sounded the same. In the rap game today it seems as if we listen to all the same beats and lyrics. The tracks on “Compton” are distinct and fresh.

Now while none of his new songs were able to top the charts and hit the number one spot on any radio stations, I’m not sure it was a concern for Dr. Dre. I think this album was built to show that the legend has still skills when it comes to the rap genre and doesn’t intend to let them go. By having featured artists like Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, who are two of our heaviest hitting rap artist today, it seems like that statement couldn’t be more true.

All in all I would have to say this album is phenomenal to listen to. Hearing one of the greatest rap legends rap again was truly a blessing just because many of us never thought another Dr. Dre album would drop. While nobody can be sure if Dr. Dre will make another album, if this is his last one, I’d be fine with him leaving us with this.

Grade: A-