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New Dr. Dre album funds Compton performing arts center

Royalties from Dr. Dre’s new album to pay for Compton performing arts center

Royalties from new Dr. Dre album for Compton performing arts center; ‘I feel like it’s the right thing to do…’ —Dr. Dre

COMPTON (MNS)—Rap mogul Dr. Dre is giving back to Compton, California in a big way. The pioneering rap mogul plans to donate all artist royalties from his new Compton album to pay for a performing arts and entertainment facility in Compton.

The rap icon made the announcement Aug. 6 to Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe. The album debuted on the show later that day.

Dre (born Andre Young) has been on the road of philanthropy before, having teamed up with record producer Jimmy Iovine to donate $70 million to the University of Southern California to create a new undergraduate program called the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for the Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation.

“We’ve reached out to [Compton Mayor] Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two,” Dr. Dre explained to Lowe.

Compton is Dr. Dre’s first studio release in 16 years, following 1999’s 2001. The 16-track LP features collaborations with Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Xzibit, Ice Cube, The Game, Jill Scott and more. The release coincides with the Aug. 14 premiere of the N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton.

Of his generosity, the 50-year-old Dre said, “I feel like it’s the right thing to do, and I just hope everybody appreciated the hard work I put into this album.”

Compton, which is available for pre-order, will be on iTunes after the album stream.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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