Following the recent announcement that Dr. Dre’s long awaited next album will be the soundtrack to the up coming Universal Pictures biopic Straight Outta Compton, he is now in the headlines for giving all related royalties away. While promoting this new album, which was premiered today on Apple Music, Dre told Beats 1 radio DJ Zane Lowe that all royalties generated from the sales of Compton will be donated to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in the city of Compton California.
“I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” Dre said. The mogul revealed that he’ll be working with Compton Mayor Aja Brown and her office on the center. “We’ve reached out to Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two,” Dre said. “I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”
The Gansta Rap pioneer’s generosity with his high profile status doesn’t end there. While talking with Lowe, the “Nothing But A G Thang” rapper revealed that he’s also using his album to help spotlight young talent in the genre.
“The new artists I got like King Mez and Justus, these two guys actually came in and just grinded with me throughout the entire project,” Dre said. “As a matter of fact, most of the lyrics are written by us three. We would just go into the studio, put up the track and for some reason, the stars aligned and we killed it, man.”
Click here for a clip from the broadcast that breaks it all down. Straight Outta Compton is set to hit Theaters next week. Dr. Dre’s related and similarly named soundtrack of an album drops tomorrow.
Straight Outta Compton (MTV Exclusive Trailer)
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