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The Documentary 2

November 11, 2015

The Game's sixth album, and the decade-late sequel to his multi-platinum debut, is mostly a chance for the Compton MC to treat the the last 25 years of West Coast rap as his own personal playground.  Part high-concept (tracks flow as seamlessly...

Straight Outta Compton

August 13, 2015

This movie burns so hot that it's bound to run out of steam. It does. But not so much that you ever want to leave its danger zone. Straight Outta Compton is epic, baby, an explosively entertaining hip-hop biopic that raps home truths about race and police...

Song Review

"Chillin' "

April 1, 2011

The last leak from Dre's eternally forthcoming Detox was "I Need a Doctor," a hard-rocker featuring Eminem that made Dre's return seem not just imminent but urgent. With "Chillin' " (as yet unconfirmed for Detox), Dre returns to his laaaaaid-back comfort...

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The Chronic

March 18, 1993

This is dedicated to the Niggaz that was down from day one," begins Dr. Dre on The Chronic. But before joining N.W.A, this "nigga 4 life" was a love-song-singing, lace-shirt-and-eyeliner-wearing member of the World Class Wreckin' Cru. While serving time...

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August 6, 2015

Who in the world has better ears than Andre Young? Throughout his many incarnations, the common thread in Dr. Dre's career has been his ability to hear things differently from everyone else, and his certitude that millions of paying customers will want...

Song Review


December 3, 2010

The most amusing thing about the first single from Dre's long-gestating Detox album? Hearing Snoop claim he needs weed for his "cataracts." Otherwise, "Kush" is hookless, forgettable bud love.