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Album Review: Dr. Dre "Compton" (2015 LP)

The third and final solo release from Dr Dre has been over 15 years in the making, jumping off the false-start of the defunct Detox and springing Compton upon us. The result is wholly original, refreshing and hefty with Dre's characteristically ambitious, refined production providing a lush backdrop over which a bevy of on-point guests assisting the pioneer in crafting one of the year's best releases.

Listen to Dr Dre's first album in over 15 years

Hip hop maestro Dr Dre has delivered on a promise made just days ago, when rumours circulated that this Friday would be the day fans finally see a follow up to the critically and commercially acclaimed 2001.

Album Review: Eminem - The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (2013 LP)

Years ago Eminem was terrifying in his unbelievably sharp and vivid muses on drug abuse, sexual abuse, celebrity abuse; pretty much just general abuse. His songs were witty onslaughts, full of quotable lines that would pop up in nearly every corner of mainstream media. He was lambasted by pro-censorship lobbyists worldwide, and was constantly made out to be a folk devil.

Album Review: Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012 LP)

When a heavily anticipated rap album is finally released and meets or exceeds expectations the word “classic” is always thrown around excessively as if the second coming of Illmatic has just emerged from a murky sea of autotune and 808s. Simply put, Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut Good Kid, M.A.A.D City deserves the “classic” label moreso than any hip-hop album released in the past few years.

The State of Affairs - Latest Music Industry News: August 18th 2012

In this week's column: Universal and the Parker & Mr. French group team up, Ed Sheeran tops the album chart after nearly a year meandering in it, an opportunity to write music for next year's Sydney Festival, and news from three industry awards nights that occurred last week!

Song Riff Offs: Dr Dre (1999) and Erykah Badu (2000)

In this ongoing series we introduce you to songs that have (legally) borrowed, alluded to, been inspired by or stolen from (knowingly or unknowingly) the riff of another song. And we'll have plenty more for you in the weeks ahead... this week we look at a more obvious riff off, where the riff from the original was appropriated, by permission, for a future track - and within a very short period too I might add.

Album Review: Obie Trice - Bottoms Up (2012 LP)

Detroit emcee Obie Trice's career was kick-started by a clever marketing ploy – Eminem included the now-infamous line “Obie Trice, real name no gimmicks” at the start of his worldwide hit "Without Me". Since then, Trice had almost everybody that was already on the Eminem bandwagon anticipating his every move. With that, Trice went on to release his debut LP Cheers to both critical and commercial success, an album which remains one of Shady Record’s best releases.

Music Video: "Kush" - Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon

Yesterday saw the premiere of the new video "Kush" - the first single from Detox (out in 2011) featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon. Oh and did we mention the song is helmed by none other than Dr. Dre?

That's right bitches. Dr. Dre is back.