Dr. Dre - Compton Album Review

Talk about a long time coming. You've probably been waiting for a Dr. Dre album for the past 16 years. I mean, his first 2 albums were absolute classics. So many songs that still sound fresh today like ''Let Me Ride'', ''The Next Episode'', or ''Xxplosive''. That was ages though. After 16 years, Dre is a 50 year old man with an enormous net worth thanks to headphones and Apple. I knew it was going to be impossible to live up to the hype, so my only question was: Could Dre remain focused and show that he can still make a great album? Yes he can.

1. Intro
Too short to review. Cool intro though. Small bit of info about Compton over beautiful instrumentation.

2. Talk About It (feat. King Mez & Justus)
Great first track! Dre murders the beat. Was surprised by the trap influence but it worked. He really might be the best producer ever. Was impressed by King Mez. He really was spitting like he's been in the game for years. Look forward for his next project. Anyways, great track.

3. Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Pillay)
This goes soooo hard. Beat is super bouncy thanks to the bass. While I wasn't a big fan of the hook, everyone had a good verse. Specially Kendrick. BANGER

4. It's All On Me (feat. Justus and BJ the Chicago Kid)
Chill track. Beat is kind of generic but it's still pretty good. Dre talks about the come up and how his life changed when he got money. Nothing unique, but still a good song.

5. All In A Day's Work (feat. Anderson .Paak and Marsha Ambrosius)
Really enjoyed the verses and the beat. Great stuff. However, I really was not a fan of the constant singing that interrupted the verses all throughout the song. Would have enjoyed it way more with less singing. Good track that could have been great.

6.  Darkside/Gone (feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius and Kendrick Lamar)
Really like this song. While the first half was good, the second half is my cup of tea. Dre and Kendrick have great verses over a soft, dark piano beat. Dre sounds so mad while talking about haters and doubters. I love it. Kendrick has a Kendrick verse, meaning that it's freaking great.

7. Loose Cannons (featuring Xzibit, Cold 187um and Sly Pyper)
Interesting song. Feels like it tries to do too much, switching up the beat and flows. While I enjoyed certain parts of the song, it loses cohesiveness as it progresses. Also, I really liked the Xzibit verse. He still got it.

8. Issues (featuring Ice Cube, Anderson .Paak and Dem Jointz)
Not a big fan of this song. Beat is okay and verses are good but it doesn't sound that good. To be honest, don't know exactly why this song didn't do it for me. Might be that it sounds a bit generic or simple. Not sure. Just didn't really like it.

9. Deep Water (featuring Kendrick Lamar, Justus and Anderson .Paak)
Dope track. Kendrick really shines in this song. Great flow, vocals and we even got a Drake diss. Dre also does pretty good, and the beat is good enough. Enjoyable.

10. One Shot One Kill (performed by Jon Connor featuring Snoop Dogg)
This is the Snoop we’ve been waiting for all this time. I seriously didn't recognize him in the first couple of listens. He sounds so hungry. Jon Connor also does a great job. He carried the song perfectly. While the beat is a bit repetitive, it's still a dope track.

11. Just Another Day (performed by The Game featuring Asia Bryant)
Damn. This might be the dopest track in the album. Game just straight up murdered this. If he's bringing that hunger to The Documentary 2, we'll be bumping that shit for years. Beat is also great. Really feels like old Dre. Nothing to complain about.

12. For the Love of Money (featuring Jill Scott, Jon Connor and Anderson .Paak)
Really nice song. It bangs while also being super chill. Connor and Dre both bring energy and good verses. I'm also a fan of the hook.

13. Satisfiction (featuring Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius and King Mez)
Soooo dope. Again, really impressed by King Mez and Snoop Dogg. They brought their A game. Add a nice beat, nice vocals and enjoyable hook and there's no reason not to love this song.

14. Animals (featuring Anderson .Paak)
Super chill track. Love the vibe the song has. Dre and Anderson are quite enjoyable over a soft, beautiful beat. Soulful stuff.

15. Medicine Man (featuring Eminem, Candice Pillay and Anderson .Paak)
What I liked about this song: Dre and Em killed it. Beat is good and the song is musically nice. My problem: the hook. It's just pretty corny. Other than that, like this track.

16. Talking To My Diary
Dope ass outro. Dre talks about the come up, the old days and his present over an amazing beat that sounds like old Dre. Couldn't ask for a better outro.

Verdict: Is this album a classic? NO. It's Dre's worst album. At first I was extremely dissapointed. Beats didn't sound exactly like Dre. I guess I just wanted old 1990's Dre and I was upset by the fact that he sounded different. But I realized he did something that I must respect: bring his style to this generation of rap. You can't be mad at that. Album still has amazing beats, verses and vibes. Other than that, Dre keeps the album cohesive even if there's a feature in almost every song. While it saddens me that this might be Dre's last album, at least I will be able to say that he never had nothing but great albums.

Favorite Songs

-Talking To My Diary
-Just Another Day
-Talk About it
-Deep Water

Least Favorite Songs


Score: 4/5

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