Next month, part of Dr. Dre’s life story will get retold in the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton. And to celebrate, it seems, Dr. Dre might be ready to drop a surprise fans have been waiting for: Today Ice Cube announced on Philadelphia radio that Dre is finally set to release his first album in nearly 16 years. Unfortunately, it’s not what you think. Instead of Detox, the album fans were promised more than a decade ago, this new project is supposedly one inspired by the biopic. But if that sounds like more of a soundtrack than a traditional album, it probably is: Earlier this month MTV reported that Dr. Dre had spearheaded the movie’s soundtrack, and that it will feature both Eminem and Kendrick Lamar. “It’s really Dre and how he’s evolved and how he’s matured, as not only a person, but as an artist,” teased the film’s director, F. Gary Gray. “It’s deep and it’s great.” Whether or not that soundtrack and this new album are one and the same, apparently, we’ll only have to wait a few more days to find out. Ice Cube says the whole thing drops on August 1. Our advice: Keep an eye on Apple Music this Saturday.
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