See, that's the other thing. Dr. Dre is a busy guy, what with dedicating so much of his time to swindling the headphone industry over the past few years. So, when you see an unknown name on one of his albums, you know to not get emotionally attached, because the chances of that artist ever building any career of any sort are slim to none. They're mostly just good for cockblocking your quality time with Dre and Snoop.
Which brings us to Dr. Dre's most recent album, simply titled Compton. It was apparently inspired by the recent N.W.A. biopic, but only one of his former band mates, Ice Cube, makes an appearance on the album. Eminem and Snoop are on one song each. Kendrick Lamar makes an appearance. Beyond that, it's a bunch of new names and faces that will mean absolutely nothing to most music fans five years from now.
Who are you and what have you done with the Dogg Pound?
That's probably why no one bought it. Sure, it was certified gold by the RIAA, but seeing as how each generation gets only one new Dr. Dre album in their lifetime, you'd think this release would've been a little bit more of an event from a sales standpoint. It probably would've been if it just featured a few more songs with the acts who helped make Dre famous. I mean, fuck, he's had like 15 years to work in between albums; he couldn't crank out, say, four spare Snoop songs worthy of appearing on an album in that time?
Speaking of that time, are we just never going to hear that Detox album? That was in the works for a Chinese Democracy length of time -- how is it that every single song is so terrible that all that work amounted to nothing? And then the album is replaced with something that was apparently assembled in slightly less time than it took to shoot Straight Outta Compton that mostly features new artists the world has never heard of? That's insane. It's also precisely the kind of thing that makes people forget about Dre.
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