Dr. Dre to Donate ‘Compton’ Album Proceeds to Fund Arts Center for Kids

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Dr. Dre announced that he will donate the royalties from his new album “Compton,” a companion to N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” toward the construction of a community center in Compton, Calif., where children could learn about arts and entertainment.

Dre announced the donation Thursday morning on Apple Music’s “Beats 1” radio show with Zane Lowe.

“I reached out to the Compton mayor’s office, got in touch with the mayor, Aja Brown, and I’ve decided to donate all of my artist royalties from the sale of this album to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility for the kids in Compton,” Dre said.

He added, “I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. [Brown] actually had this idea, and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, ‘Boom, this is what we should do.'”

The 16-track companion to the biopic is subtitled “A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre.” The set includes cuts from rap heavyweights Eminem, Ice Cube, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, the Game and Xzibit. The hip-hop legend said working on the movie energized him to make new music.

“During principal photography, I felt myself going to the studio and being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album,” Dre said on his Beats 1 show earlier this month.

“Compton” will debut on Apple Music Thursday night at 6 p.m. PT, streaming on loop for three hours before officially dropping Friday, Aug. 7.

“Straight Outta Compton” bows in theaters Aug. 14.

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    1. Wakia Sukari says:

      Hi my name is Wakia-Sukari and I am begging for an opportunity to speak to Dr.Dre about helping the Watts Willowbrook boys and girls club I know that his goal is to create a new facility but the boys and girls club has service the Watts, Willowbrook and Compton community for over 50 years and is in danger of closing its doors to that community. He would be happy to know that the club has a fully functioning arts program and a music studio.The Watts Willowbrook boys and girls club needs someone to partner with them to make sure that the thousands of children that have been serviced by the Boys and Girls Club have the same opportunity that we did when we attended the club. There is so much to say about this subject but I am begging for an opportunity to just let him know to research the Boys and Girls Club of Watts Willowbrook and see the impact it has had on that community. I am born and raised in Compton and attended the boys and girls club as a youth and retired ( because of budget cuts and lack of funding) as a staff member of 26 years.I only ask that he look into the club and see if there’s anything that he can do to help those children.The tuition to attend the club has gone up so high that most of the kids in that community in that neighborhood cannot afford to go. I am asking that before considering building something new consider making a contribution to a great facility that has service the city of Compton for over 50 years. Thank you for your consideration and your time. Sincerely, Wakia.

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