Word of a new Dr. Dre album inspired by the forthcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has circulated for weeks, but according to Ice Cube, the record’s release is imminent.
“Actually, Dre is dropping an inspired album, inspired by Compton. He’s dropping something on Aug. 1,” Ice Cube told Philadelphia radio station Power 99 on Wednesday. “It’s mega. It’s Dr. Dre. It’s what everybody has been waiting for. It’s definitely a dope record, and he’s dropping it all on the same day. It’s crazy.”
Back in March, Dre teased the album, but said he wasn’t necessarily going to make the music public.
“I’m working on something right now. I don’t want to put it out there just yet and say that I’m definitely gonna put it out,” Dr. Dre told Rolling Stone. “But I’m really feeling what I’m working on right now. This would be a record that’s inspired by the movie.”
It was previously reported that the Straight Outta Compton soundtrack would also include contributions from Kendrick Lamar and Eminem, among other artists.