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Dr. Dre to donate artist royalties from 'Compton'

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A few hours before releasing Compton, his first album in 16 years, Dr. Dre appeared on Beats 1 radio Thursday to discuss the new project with Zane Lowe, and had a major announcement: “I decided to donate all the artist royalties [from Compton],” he said, and noted that he would give the royalties the city from which it takes its name.

“I’ve been working on something to make this album really special,” Dre told Lowe. As Dre tells the story, he reached out to Compton Mayor Aja Brown in recent months to ask how he could give back to the community, because he “couldn’t decide” on what type of philanthropy was best. Brown shared her idea for “an arts and entertainment facility” in Compton with Dre, who committed to financing the project.

“I feel like it’s the right thing to do and I just hope everybody appreciates all the hard work I’ve put into this album,” Dre said. Compton streams exclusively and uncensored on Apple Music from 9 p.m. to 12 p.m. ET Thursday evening.

Listen to Dre’s interview with Lowe.

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