Dr. Dre drops his first album in 16 YEARS and donates ALL royalties to fund arts centre

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DR. DRE

by Maria Vallahis |
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Rapper Dr. Dre has excited us in more than one way; On Friday he dropped his new album, 16 YEARS since his last, and now the rapper is going to donate ALL the record’s royalties to the city of Compton.

During a Beats 1 radio interview with Zane Lowe, Dre said he spoke to the Mayor of Compton about ways he could give back to the city.

Yesterday, the former N.W.A rapper said he "decided to donate all of my artist royalties from the sale of this album to help fund a new performing arts and entertainment facility for the kids in Compton." Nice one Dre.

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Dre, real name Andre Romelle Young, added he hopes "everybody appreciates all the hard work I put into this album".

Rapper Eminem, Dr. Dre and US record producer Jimmy Iovine at last year's WSJ Innovator of the Year Awards, New York.

In a statement, Mayor Aja Brown said: "I'm honoured that Mr Young has decided to make a significant investment in his community.

"He clearly has a heart for Compton, especially our youth.

“I believe this performing arts centre will provide a pathway for creative expression, exposure and training to the myriad of industries that support arts, entertainment and technology - while providing a much-needed safe haven for our youth."

Brown added that the centre would be a therapeutic outlet for youth suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

And obvs Dre is unlikely to need the money from the new album as he is worth $700 million (£451 million). Oh, and what with being the WORLD’S HIGHEST PAID RAPPER, according to a recent Forbes rich list, after selling Beats to Apple for $3 billion (around £2 billion) last year.

The highly-anticipated Straight Outta Compton, which opens in cinemas on August 14, tells the story of the Hip-Hop group which was made up of Dre, Ice Cube, DJ Yella, MC Ren and the late Eazy E.

N.W.A were considered the pioneers of gangsta rap and West Coast Hip-Hop but were controversial due to their lyrics about women, drugs and violence.

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