The Courier-Mail

COMP­TON DR DRE

[ UNIVERSA L ]

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Dr Dre, hip-hop’s om­nipo­tent su­per-pro­ducer/rap­per/ head­phone bil­lion­aire, has un­ex­pect­edly dropped his “grand fi­nale”. He’s trashed the now­fa­bled Detox for a loosely con­cep­tual tie-in with the new NWA bio-pic, mo­bil­is­ing gen­er­a­tions of pro­teges – Ken­drick La­mar is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive on Geno­cide. At 50, Dre is con­tem­pla­tive – and Comp­ton is his most in­ci­sively po­lit­i­cal al­bum as he protests against con­tin­u­ing po­lice bru­tal­ity against African-Amer­i­cans. The G-funk god­fa­ther has also ex­panded mu­si­cally — he has an in­house jazz trum­peter? Alas, Eminem’s misog­y­nist mis­sive to haters in Medicine Man de­tracts from salient themes about racial equal­ity. / CY­CLONE WEHNER

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