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Dr. Dre's new album, Compton: A Soundtrack is coming Aug. 7

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Dr. Dre’s new album is coming soon — very soon.

The rapper announced Saturday on his Apple Beats radio show that his third solo album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, will be released Aug. 7 exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music.

Dre said the album was inspired by the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, which arrives in theaters Aug. 14.

“I was leaving the set, going to the studio, and I felt myself just being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” he said. “I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished. It’s an ‘inspired-by’ album, it’s inspired by Straight Outta Compton.

He also revealed why he never released his long-awated album Detox. “It just wasn’t good,” he said, adding, “I don’t think I did a good enough job, and I couldn’t do that to my fans, and I couldn’t do that to myself, to be perfectly honest with you. I just wasn’t feeling it.”

Compton comes nearly 16 years since Dre’s last solo effort, 2001, which was released in 1999. You can preorder the album here, and listen to what he had to say about it below.

 

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