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NEW YORK (AP) — Dr. Dre says he will donate royalties from his new album to the city of Compton for a new performing arts facility.

In an interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 Radio, Dre said he spoke to Compton Mayor Aja Brown about ways to give back to the city with the release of his first album in 16 years.

The rapper said Thursday 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.”

“Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre,” inspired by the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” which opens Aug. 14, will be released Friday. Dre said he hopes “everybody appreciates all the hard work I put into this album.”

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4 thoughts on “Dre Says He’ll Donate Royalties From New Album to Compton

  1. I said it. on said:

    People can do what they want with their money, but I find it interesting that we have to add to his record sales for the proceeds to come to our community, but the white school got a donation straight out from previous sales off of our people, no buying required. As a people we’ll laud this. Bill Cosby gave us money no strings attached and we stabbed him in the back.

    • I agree. The community is poor already and then, in some ways, forced to finance a facility that really shouldn’t be a priority of needs to begin with. I could think of a myriad of things that the children of Compton can use other than a performing arts facility, which will have its own set of fundraising, staffing, etc., circumstances and bureaucracy if it opens. Just create a fund to be managed by qualified people for important and necessary needs. The struggle is always within our community first.

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