Straight Outta Compton sequel in the works

No surprise here, the people want more! (As evidenced by some impressive, record-setting opening week numbers.)

Daz Dillinger was quick to confirm to TMZ that a sequel to Straight Outta Compton is already in the works. The subjects at hand: 2Pac, Snoop, Dre, Suge Knight, and Death Row Records.

Daz adds that none of the Straight Outta Compton actors would reprise their roles (Dre would likely be played by his son, Curtis Young) and that Ice Cube gave the project his blessing, though he won’t be on as a producer either.

So I guess it’s really just another movie about the golden era of hip hop. The subjects: just as, if not more fascinating. So hopefully this comes to fruition. (And hopefully the actor who cameoed as 2Pac can actually act too. He got the looks down, for sure.)

Dr. Dre apologizes to “women I’ve hurt”

With old physical abuse allegations resurfacing around the release of Straight Outta Compton (and why they weren’t covered in the movie), the Doc addressed them head on in a new statement today to the New York Times.

“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

Apple issued a statement too:

“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”

This is a good, and assuredly genuine move from Dre, instead of ducking it or passive aggressively mentioning it. The stories from the women involved, namely Dee Barnes, were tough to read. Will we move on or continue to hold this over Dre’s head? I honestly can see both scenarios.

‘Compton’ by the numbers

Both Dr. Dre‘s new album, Compton, and the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton are flying high right now — both on critical acclaims and atop the charts.

Dre’s first album in 15 years was naturally met with a lot of curiosity. Apple Music told the New York Times that Compton was streamed 25 million times on their service and sold half a million downloads, which boasts 11 million subscribers. To put that in perspective, Drake’s IYRTITL had 48 million and Kendrick’s TPAB had 39 million, with the bolster of also being available to Spotify’s 20 million subscribers.

Compton also debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 moving 295K units (behind Luke Bryan’s Kill The Lights).

As for Straight Outta Compton, it has already surpassed its $29 million budget with a whopping $56.1 opening weekend. Universal predicted $25-$30 million for opening weekend, but I wonder if that was even with the smashing success of the ‘Straight Outta Somewhere’ campaign that moved 5.4 million downloads. The biopic outdid MI:Rogue Nation’s paltry $17 million opening weekend in the U.S. ($46.1 international, though.) I would have thought MI:Rogue Nation would get top billing but upon quick reflection, Straight Outta Compton was everywhere so today, I’m not totally surprised. Still, very surprised though and just how much the movie made.

It was also helped by almost universally positive reviews, from critics and tastemakers here in the hip hop industry. I’ll add my 2 cents to that too as I saw the film last night and came away with no complaints. The cast was fantastic, the plot struck a great balance of the key points in the N.W.A. timeline, and F. Gary Gray did a tremendous job directing the film artistically. Needless to say, go see it if you haven’t yet!

h/t ET & Time

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To conclude, a couple bonus tidbits. For one, I missed this DJ Premier interview with Billboard who talks about his entire history with Dre, recording “Animals” with him for Compton, and even revealing Talib Kweli had a verse for the song that they may save for a remix (hopefully adding Common to it as well.) I guess this happens in time for the movie’s release on Blu-Ray!?!

Lastly, someone re-created N.W.A.’s “Straight Outta Compton” music video using GTA V and it’s pretty awesome to view it from this lens. Enjoy below.

Kendrick Lamar interviews N.W.A.

On the heels of yesterday’s RollingStone cover reveal, the latest pub for N.W.A. and Straight Outta Compton is a doozy.

Kendrick Lamar sits down with N.W.A. for Billboard and they talk for 25 minutes. Need I really say more?

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The conversation ranges from early days in the studio with Eazy-E, the eternal “bullshit” of the music business and how N.W.A made South Park (and much more) possible.

“N.W.A did a lot more than entertain. They told the truth,” says Lamar. And as Dre explains, “If N.W.A had done it softer, it wouldn’t have gotten the attention. It wouldn’t have worked.” Cube tells Billboard that he believes police brutality remains “the same” today as it did in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

“Ain’t nobody we’d rather have do this interview,” says Cube, 46.

“Have you seen the movie?” asks Dre, 50.

“Not yet,” answers Lamar. “Didn’t want to go to a preview and see it in a privileged setting. Would rather wait for it to come to the neighborhood and see it with everyone else. That way it’ll mean the most to me.”

These are just scattered tibits aside from the sitdown itself. Again, be sure to press play above, if you can only read right now, the full transcript is here. And there’s also some behind the scenes on the cover shoot here.

Dr. Dre & Ice Cube cover RollingStone

The timing’s impeccable as Dr. Dre & Ice Cube don the cover of the new RollingStone. (That’s one way of getting an audience upset at Kim Kardashian’s clevage donning the last cover, but I digress…)

In a few snippets posted today, Dre reveals one more tidbit on why Detox wasn’t completed and why he’s always in the shadows. Read the rest here.

I had between 20 and 40 songs for Detox and I just couldn’t feel it. Usually I can hear the sequence of an album as I’m going, but I wasn’t able to do that. I wasn’t feeling it in my gut. So I really thought I was done being an artist.

Dr. Dre reveals the real reason he can come off as a distant figure.
“I have social anxiety,” he says. “I don’t like being in the spotlight, so I made a fucking weird career choice.” He laughs. “That’s the reason for my mystique and why I’m so secluded and why everybody knows nothing about me. I think it added to the character in the movie because people get a chance to see behind the curtain.”

Dr. Dre ‘Compton’ (Album Stream)

STREAM Dr. Dre ‘Compton’ here (iTunes or iOS)

Dr. Dre’s first album in 15 years! Featuring Eminem, Kendrick Lamar (multiple times!), DJ Premier, Snoop Dogg, and much more!

I pressed play instantly. The album goes up as one giant 3 hour stream before it’s scheduled premiere tonight and release for retail on Apple Music. Compton actually clocks in at a little over an hour. When you click the link, you can sift through to find when a desired song starts. For instance, you can skip right to the Eminem song at the 53 minute mark.

It’s Dre Day! Enjoy.

1) Intro
2) Talk About It (feat. King Mez & Justus)
3) Genocide (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius & Candice Pillay)
4) It’s All On Me (feat. Justus & BJ the Chicago Kid)
5) All In a Day’s Work (feat. Anderson .Paak & Marsha Ambrosius)
6) Darkside/Gone (feat. King Mez, Marsha Ambrosius & Kendrick Lamar)
7) Loose Cannons (feat. Xzibit & COLD 187um)
8) Issues (feat. Ice Cube &Anderson .Paak)
9) Deep Water (feat. Kendrick Lamar & Justus)
10) Jon Connor – One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop Dogg)
11) The Game – Just Another Day (feat. Asia Bryant)
12) For the Love of Money (feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
13) Satisfaction (feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
14) Animals (feat. Anderson .Paak) (prod. DJ Premier)
15) Medicine Man (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak) (starts at 53:10)
16) Talking To My Diary

For those on the go…

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1st Listen Impressions:

  • Very positive. The album bangs from beginning to end, with layers like horn solos that enter the overall sound too. Definitely a Compton/west coast sound that you’d expect, and it’s definitely modern too. Also: don’t even listen if it’s not loud. High volume adds to the experience, for sure.
  • It’s tough to find a drawback in tracks 1-9. The first half of the album is strongest, brought in properly by the intro + first real track. This stretch also has features 3 (!) Kendrick Lamar features in this stretch. All of them are on point and I liked his work on “Darkside/Gone” and “Deep Water” a little more than “Genocide”.
  • The beat drop for Xzibit and his subsequent energy was new/classic. That definitely worked.
  • Cube’s feature + the murder fantasy on that track took the album a dark direction for a couple songs that I feel longtime fans will definitely appreciate. Reminds me of the 90s.
  • Dre himself is flowin with more rhythm than some of his random, rare appearances in the past few years.
  • Singers doin it justice too, specifically Marsha Ambrosius, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Anderson .Paak. Dap to Asia Bryant on “Just Another Day” too.
  • Wait, can you imagine this album live? It flows really well and will definitely jump another level if the rumored Straight Outta Compton Tour with N.W.A. and Eminem comes to fruition. Whoo!
  • Ran back “Medicine Man” twice in a row. Dre and Em definitely feels right and both delivered. How bout Dre disgusted at today’s rap game?! The eerie, and explicit female hook from Candice Pillay works. Then Eminem kept getting better and better and even had some shock value lines along the way. Lots of songs will make the rotation for awhile to come, this is one of them.
  • R.I.P. Eazy-E. Dre appropriately paid homage to him throughout, especially to close it out on “Talking To My Diary”. *applauds*

What are your first impressions?! Let me know @gowherehiphop

UPDATE: Lots of speculation of Kendrick sub-dissing Drake in “Deep Water”, namely the beginning and end bars of his. Also on “Darkside/Gone”:

But still I got enemies giving me energy I wanna fight now
Subliminally sent to me all of this hate
I thought I was holding the mic down…

I dunno, part of me feels like this is a stretch. (In fact, Mickey sums it up well.) But whatever the case, the bars are hot and if it snowballs into an even greater competition, I’m all for it.

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ICYMI: Dr. Dre talks Compton with Zane Lowe

Dr. Dre talks Compton album with Zane Lowe

It’s Dre Day! UPDATE: Stream the whole album here!

And to further get us all hyped for the first stream of Compton tonight, Dr. Dre called into the man who will press play on it: Zane Lowe on Apple Music.

Via Complex Music, here are some tidbits. Per usual with Apple Music, they’ll make the full audio interview available shortly so keep it locked for an update.

The coolest bit of news to come out of it: Dre will donate the royalties from the album towards building a new performance arts center in Compton. Nice.

Again, the album will stream on Apple Music tonight at 6 PM PST and available by midnight!