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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