Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre

Dr. Dre - Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre
Critic Score
Based on 27 reviews
2015 Ratings: #94 / 772
User Score
Based on 318 ratings
2015 Ratings: #242
August 7, 2015 / Release Date
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Aftermath, Interscope / Label
Hip Hop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
The Skinny

Dre often feels everywhere and nowhere throughout Compton, managing to at once deploy and transcend the genre conventions he helped invent.

90
HipHopDX

Compton is Dre’s eye-witness proclamation of his past, present and future wrapped in a slick post-Obama package. 

90
Exclaim!

While Detox seemed poised to erode Dre's sonic reputation, Compton, reputedly his last record, instead solidifies Dre's already ironclad claims to all-time status.

88
Pitchfork

On his previous classics he showed us that new things were possible, a magic that's available only so many times in one life. Compton doesn't have the same breathtaking power, but it's excellent nonetheless, and more complicated and jarring than we could have known to hope for.

83
A.V. Club

This elaborate tapestry of voices and sounds, both new and familiar, conveys Dre’s epic vision. Compton successfully crams the magnitude of his origin story into ambitious, densely packed sonics.

83
Consequence of Sound
What makes this one momentous is the way it balances three objectives with impressive aplomb: constructing a love letter to his hometown, making an album that’s more of an endnote than a suffix, and continuing a lineage that has supplanted itself within hip-hop’s DNA.
80
Rolling Stone

It adds up to an album by turns confounding and enthralling. It's no Detox. It's something realer, and better.

80
AllMusic

This brilliant kaleidoscopic LP, which was recorded in under a year, focuses on the veteran producer's connection to the modern world as it references Eric Garner, frames it with N.W.A.'s history, and decides that little has changed.

80
Complex

In many ways, Compton is a child of To Pimp a Butterfly, if only Kendrick had the same sense of urgency when reaching to the bleachers.

80
The Guardian

It’s an hour-long demonstration that Dr Dre’s skills as producer and curator alike are still as potent as ever.

80
The 405

Serving as more than just the nostalgic release that many expected it to be, Compton carries Dr. Dre back into spotlight from the boardroom on his own terms, with his own verification.

80
XXL

Regardless of whether or not the album will spawn a generation of imitators like his previous releases, Compton is a proper capstone to Dre’s legendary career.

80
Billboard

Despite its numerous flaws, Compton is still one of the most engaging listening experiences of the year.

80
Clash
'Compton’ may be less state-of-the-art than other rap albums in 2015. It may spend a lot of its time reflecting on the past. But as an argument for that now famous district in South Los Angeles and its continued importance and centrality to hip-hop, it’s forceful and convincing.
80
Time Out London

After the scene-setting ‘The Chronic’ and the comeback of ‘2001’, this is a man reflecting on life and his career – and it sounds fantastic.

80
NOW Magazine

Impressively layered, widescreen productions – especially cuts by DJ Premier, DJ Dahi and Dem Jointz – are the album’s most satisfying aspect.

80
Mojo

Like Lamar’s grandstanding To Pimp A Butterfly, the numerous strands of Compton: A Soundtrack take time and effort to fully unravel, but the rewards are manifold.

75
Pretty Much Amazing

We’re given exciting stuff throughout the hour long run time of Compton—blockbuster material—there’s plenty of action and drama to go around. And although fat definitely needed to be trimmed from this animal, it’s humbling to know Dre hasn’t let his ego get the best of him musically. 

70
NME

It's hard to deny ‘Compton’ is brilliantly constructed, a masterclass in 21st century hip-hop.

70
Spin

Compton earns a lot of credit simply by not being a disaster or an embarrassment, but there’s only so much a 50-year-old rapper can say to a generation following their favorite artists on Snapchat.

70
PopMatters

So that Compton maintains this level of consistency is perhaps 2015’s greatest surprise so far.

68
Paste

This isn’t so much an album as it is a living monument, a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a museum that Dre funded, built, owns and operates.

60
The Line of Best Fit
With a different producer at the helm, this experiment may have worked. Unfortunately, with all his talent, Dr. Dre's ear lacks the scope and vision to properly curate such a wide array of ideas because that's not what he does.
60
Tiny Mix Tapes

Even though his supposed swansong may feature some characteristically flawless production and fine cameos from the likes of Kendrick Lamar, it cancels out its own meaningfulness in subtle hypocrisy.

MinatoArisato
55
A return that was kind of dissapointing. I get that Dre is a producer first and foremost but considering how legendary his first two projects were and how much talent he showed as a rapper, it is sad to see that this album is pretty much focused on giving features over Dre's beats. Kind of feels like a compilation and less like an album.

Best Track: Animals
Worst Track: Darkside/Gone
75
Great album but I expected more. Waiting 15 years for Dre to drop an album . It sounds Abit different to what he usually does but u can hear the classic Dr Dre production blended in the new style beats .
PorciniCramps
75
It's a nice album, just not... Dre-ish enough. I expected a totally different sound so I was disappointed.
snarekickblues
81
Best Track: Genocide, Darkside/Gone, Deep Water, Animals, Eminem's verse on Medicine Man, and Talking To My Diary
Worst Track: Issues
Most Overrated Track: It's All On Me
Most Underrated Track: Talk About It
FeelsRijoMan
78
Completely different from the other albums from Dre, really focused on the features but there are some really nice tracks in here.
I love that .Paak as such a big platform on this album
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Track List

  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. One Shot One Kill (feat. Snoop Dogg)
  11. Just Another Day (feat. Asia Bryant)
  12. For the Love of Money (feat. Jill Scott & Jon Connor)
  13. Satisfiction (feat. Snoop Dogg, Marsha Ambrosius & King Mez)
  14. Animals (feat. Anderson Paak)
  15. Medicine Man (feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson Paak)
  16. Talking To My Diary
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