‘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.

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

N.W.A. Film (1st Trailer)

Earlier in the year, the net was abuzz with news of an upcoming N.W.A. film, involving Ice Cube. It made news again this fall when there was a real-life drive-by near the set during filming.

Today though is the most positive, forward news around the biopic, titled Straight Outta Compton. Ice Cube premiered the trailer while out in tour in Australia and a savvy fan uploaded it to YouTube. The trailer, albeit in not the greatest quality, does show everything N.W.A. culture in a series of quick-edit glimpses. Pretty cool. Somethin’ to look forward to this August 14th, the current release date for the film.

Straight Outta Compton movie set for 2015

Straight Outta Compton, the movie, is coming and it looks serious from this first photo revealed above. From top left to right, clockwise: Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube).

Filming is set for this July and today, Universal announced the date it’ll be in theatres: August 14, 2015. As you can see, I think they nailed the cast in terms of looks (the process said to have taken 6 months). Seeing present-day Cube and Dre in this photo is just very cool. Fortunately for the movie, they’re producing, along with Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright. Here’s the film’s premise, via Universal, and Ice Cube summing it up even more concisely. Looking forward to it.

Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., ‘Straight Outta Compton’ tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

We’re telling the story from the inception of N.W.A. to the death of Eazy-E and that’s the story.

h/t HP