After 16 years, Dr. Dre he released an album again. This is “Compton”, the film's official soundtrack "Straight Outta Compton" (which tells the story of rappers Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella, from N.W.A).
Apple and Beats joined the launch wave; while Ma intensely promoted the album on Apple Music (the release was exclusive on the iTunes Store and on the streaming, where the album came to be played 25 million times), Beats created special headphones for the film.
"Straight Outta Compton" premiered in the U.S. in the first place, but it also drew attention for another reason: the biopic, which featured Dr. Dre's collaboration in its production, is being criticized for omitting old claims that the rapper and now an Apple employee physically abused of women.
Dr. Dre had been avoiding talking about it, but today he and Apple decided to speak to the New York Times.
Here is his statement:
Twenty-five years ago I was a young man who drank a lot, without a head and without a real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I have been married for 19 years and every day I work to be a better man for my family, looking for guidance along the way. I'm doing everything I can to make sure I'm never that man again. I apologize to the women I hurt. I deeply regret what I did and I know that it has had a profound impact on all of our lives.
Dre apologized for the mistakes he made in the past and said that he is no longer the same person he was 25 years ago. We believe in his sincerity and, after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.
To interested parties, the NYT brings all the details of the stories involving Dr. Dre, Dee Barnes (journalist), Michelle (singer and ex-girlfriend of the rapper) and Tairrie B (ex-label partner) how they were abused and how the social media helped them connect with others and share their stories.
At a press conference "Straight Outta Compton" held this month, the film's director (F. Gary Gray) was asked why Barnes' story was omitted. According to him, the filmmakers had talked about it at the beginning (the scene appeared in a script but they ended up deciding that the film was not about parallel stories. Still according to the director, it would be possible to make five different films about the group N.W.A., but they ended up choosing to tell the story in this way.