The moment we’ve all been waiting for folks, Dr. Dre’s album has finally dropped.
The rapper confirmed the news via social media late Thursday night, writing:
“The wait is over. #COMPTON out now.”
The project, which is available on Apple Music now, is complete with 16 new hits with features by Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott, Eminem, Ice Cube, the Game and of course, Snoop Dogg.
Dre’s anticipated album was also meant to go hand in hand with the release of his N.W.A biobic, Straight Outta Compton, in theaters on August 14. “During principal photography, I felt myself going to the studio and being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” Dre, who also serves as the film’s prodder, said on The Pharmacy earlier this month. “I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished. It’s bananas …. I’m really proud of this.”
And being the class act that the he is, instead of pocketing the artist royalties from the sure to be successful LP, the 50-year-old will be donating to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility in Compton. “I feel it’s the right thing to do and I hope everybody appreciates the work I put into this album,” the rapper told Rolling Stone.
He added that he’s been working with the city’s mayor, Aja Brown, on getting this off the ground. “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.'”