Dr. Dre, one of the most iconic and influential hip-hop artists of our time, has announced that he will be donating all of his artist royalties from his new album to the city of Compton. The proceeds will go towards the development of a new performing arts and entertainment facility for the youth of the community.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Dr. Dre shared that he had been in conversation with Compton Mayor Aja Brown about ways in which he could give back to the city that he grew up in. The rapper felt that his long-awaited album release provided an ideal opportunity to support the local community in a meaningful way.
The album, titled “Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre,” was inspired by the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which is set to open in theaters on August 14th. This is Dr. Dre’s first album release in over sixteen years, and he has stated that he hopes “everybody appreciates all the hard work I put into this album.”
The decision to donate all artist royalties to the city of Compton is a significant gesture from Dr. Dre, who has deep roots in the community. He was born and raised in Compton, and his rise to fame as a member of the rap group N.W.A. brought national attention to the city and its struggles.