Dr. Dre dropping album on August 1

Dre is dropping an album inspired by the Compton movie. He’s dropping something on August 1.

– Ice Cube

It’s not Detox but if this is indeed true, hey, we’re all for that. The timing works out with Straight Outta Compton‘s theatrical release near and of course, his ties to Apple Music. Cube broke the news and added, “It’s mega, it’s Dr. Dre, it’s what everybody’s been waiting for. It’s definitely a dope record, and he’s dropping it all on the same day,” to Philadelphia’s Power 99. We shall see soon enough… Video below.

Straight Outta Compton (Trailer)

Did you catch this in the commercials of the Grammys? If not, it was one of the few moments of hip hop in tonite’s show… the surprise premiere of the first trailer of the N.W.A. biopic.

Here, for the interwebs however, is the full redband NSFW trailer, 2 minutes that showcase the crisp scenes and premise for Straight Outta Compton. Plus, it’s intro’d by Dr. Dre & Ice Cube in a spot that finds them riding around home, talking with Game and Kendrick about their influence and how this is the time for their story to be told. I concur after seeing this…

Kendrick Lamar on N.W.A. movie set

Ice Cube blasted a ‘gram on the set of the N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton, earlier today and look who it is…

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Kendrick Lamar, along with Dre and a host of others. We can only speculate on K. Dot’s involvement. Could he make his acting debut? At least contribute to the soundtrack? (Most likely.) Or is he just visiting with friends? (Possibly, but not the most fun outcome.)

Time will tell…

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.

#TBT PMD “I Saw It Comin'”

Big shout to the man above for puttin’ me on game to the “I Saw It Comin'” video as Jalen Rose himself made mention of PMD‘s highest charting solo single in this week’s Jalen & Jacoby podcast.

ICYMI, last week, Jalen & Jacoby started a hip hop group bracket pitting 32 rap groups or duos against each other. On Tuesday’s episode, the two ran through the first round of results and after recapping that EPMD went down in the first round, Jalen shed some light that he and Ice Cube cameo in the “I Saw It Comin'” video in 1994… playing Sega Genesis. Intrigued, I pressed pause (at the 43 minute mark) and a quick Google search later I see just that… Jalen & Cube playin some NBA Jam Tournament Edition, ha!

The song itself is classic 90s too — you’ll immediately be taken back to the time with the beat, PMD’s style (he does his thing here), the text graphic (!), and just the video as a whole contributing to this great, nostalgic feeling. It’s also fun to appreciate this 20 years later and for a young generation like me (I was 7 at the time, gimme a break!) to appreciate all of the in-depth 90s hip hop for perhaps the first time.