Saturday, 8 August 2015
REVIEW: DR. DRE-COMPTON: A SOUNDTRACK
Straight Outta Detox.
The Doctor will see you now! How long have you been waiting? Around 16 years? Behind the good doctors appointments with patients like 'The Doctors Advocate', The Game and Kendrick Lamar? We do apologise it takes a few sessions 'To Pimp A Butterfly'. Bear with us, we'll get right to you. The waiting room is full now for Andre Young. The Doctor that rarely makes house calls is about to hit every home in every town, in every country in the whole world with his new prescription. And this is just what everybody ordered. Just when you thought there was more chance of the Lakers winning again then the greatest Doc since J returning, Dre is back to look over the whole city and rewrite the Hollywood sign in the name of the town he runs. This is 'California Love' reborn. After the former N.W.A. star passed us 'The Chronic' in the 90's and then took us to the future with '2001' in 1999, with two classics the prolific producer confirmed himself as a real rapper that deserved to be in any head-to-head contest comparison for the best in the game. Peer to peer, Jay-Z and Nas, or Biggie and 2Pac. The man whose first two solo albums where coming out parties for some of today and histories biggest and most recognisable icons, Snoop Dogg and Eminem respectively is now expressing himself first and foremost on another collaborative effort including all of the significant luminaries he has worked with or on, from Xzibit all the way back to Ice Cube. Yep, that's right, the late, great Eazy-E and the rest of the N.W.A. forefathers of gangster rap are finally getting the rep respect from the modern day that they deserve. The Los Angeles Kings are about to low-ride park on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame with the new movie 'Straight Outta Compton' which even stars Ice Cube's son as his pops. All this honour and homage and Dr. Dre has the perfect soundtrack for it, just be the watcher!
'Compton'. This is the 'Detox's' detox now the doctor has confirmed this album that was almost two decades in the waiting making will only see the light of the cutting room floor, THIS is the long awaited album that everybody's been eagerly anticipating. From the epic instrumental intro of classic Dre, news report sampling, the critical state of the Compton community is offset with haunting horror like keyboards and synths that obliterate the concrete under the wheels of a 64 like only a Dre beat can. For the man that sees music this needs to be heard on his billionaire Beats headphone like movies in IMAX need to be felt...and this is no shameless headphones plug. Tune in as it all mixes perfectly into the outstanding opener 'Talk About It' and you know that with the first official track and appearance in a decade and a half, plus a penny change, the doctor and the king is back. Sounding different and fresher than ever and rapping like a young gun and not a veteran of the game. Maybe its just the whole rebirth of this Detoxing Doctor whose been in studio surgery and the lyrical weight room as well as the gym working on that Schwarzenegger, Venice Beach frame. That hilarious, classic Beats commercial with LeBron James and a heckler was wrong, Dre has been working on that album. And now everybody else had to really work on shutting the f### up! This is competition 'Genocide' like the following track and his first of many here with latest protégée Kendrick Lamar and his Floetry soul songstress one Marsha Ambrosius. The good kid from the 'M.A.A.D. City' and his mentor, prove he is the future of rap with what would be his Snoop and Marshall coming out album if he hadn't changed the game and California coast with one West Coast drive in a rented van. The 'Compton' album, is the 'Compton' track on soundboard steroids.
G-funk also makes its return like there's nothing but that signature sound in the same week as Dre's California cousin Warren G sequels his 'Regulator' classic with an epic E.P. 'It's All On Me' is California cool redefined. While 'All In A Days Work' will be a classic in less than 24 hours. Just like the midnight hour oil burning of 'Darkside/Gone', the return of X on the pimped 'Loose Cannons' and the sensational sampling of 'Issues' with an ice cold Ice Cube that's set to ignite like when these guys lit up the Los Angeles night like downtowns futuristic skyline. 'Deep Water' keeps this pure Pacific production flowing, before Doc and the Dogg reunite on 'One Shot, One Kill', were over serious snare, the rhythm and gangster of a rejuvenated and growling Doggy Dogg Snoop is sounding his sinister and serious best since these two guys where rapping about 187's because um, 'Murder Was The Case'. It's even Game time again on the growling raps of 'Just Another Day' which you can add to 'The Documentary'. But can we get more than a milk carton for the critically brilliant but criminally underrated Bishop Lamont? A Game/Eminem, Dre muscle hybrid that needs more than a feature, but an album beyond the mesmerising mixtapes and the hilarious, tongue in cheek, long awaited album names for the former, perfect protégée. 'For The Love Of Money' also cashes in on recent number one album spinner Jill Scott and all her soul as Dre looks set to knock the man that knocked her off the charts Tyrese Gibson with his last 'Black Rose' album with his own final, retiring curtain call release. Dre may have missed a trick by not making a collaborative trip to Watts for 'Compton' ( just like not adding Eve perhaps to the stunning 'Satisfaction') but one things for sure neither of these rap and R&B kings should give up, even if they are going out on the highest of Chronic highs. Doc is a beast on 'Animals' and even brings back his assistant Eminem for 'Medicine Man', although we'd love to have seen more tracks from Slim and none about something as disgusting as rape for a real talent who we know is still swinging sith his 'Southpaw' soundtrack work. Still with the journal and journeys end on 'Talking To My Diary' that's the perfect epic epilogue to this P.W.A's (producer with acclaim) album, it's still all about Dre in the conclusion of this episode. Did you forget? Everybody's celebrating...it's Dre day again! TIM DAVID HARVEY.