Dr. Dre announced before the release of his latest album, Compton, that he would be donating his artist royalties to help fund a youth and performing arts center in Compton.
The rapper has been working hand in hand with the city’s mayor, Aja Brown, who said in a statement that she is ” honored that Mr. [Andre] Young has decided to make a significant investment in his community,”
Brown continued, “He clearly has a heart for Compton, especially our youth. I believe this performing arts center will provide a pathway for creative expression, exposure and training to the myriad of industries that support arts, entertainment and technology—while providing a much-needed safe haven for our youth. Children in urban communities suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome in higher proportions than veterans and they need therapeutic outlets, which arts and drama has proven to provide. Compton is a special place and I believe this center will harness our ingenuity and transform our community from within for generations to come. I think it’s critical to note that people are not entitled to give. Entitlement is a disease that cripples empowerment. The key to harnessing investment is viability and return on investment. We look forward to working with Dr. Dre and his team to develop an amazing place for our community.”
Dre released his long awaited album on Friday, which includes 16 songs and features by Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Eminem, Ice Cube, the Game and of course, Snoop Dogg.