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  • Summary: Released exclusively on Apple Music/iTunes, the third full-length studio album for the rapper features guest appearances from such artists as Marsha Ambrosius, BJ the Chicago Kid, Eminem, The Game, Ice Cube, Justus, Kendrick Lamar, Craig Owens, Jill Scott, Snoop Dogg, and Xzibit.

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Medicine Man
Doc, Doctor Dre, you gotta give us some good news! Yeah, about that... Don't let 'em find out, the bitch in you Don't let 'em find out, the snitch... See the rest of the song lyrics
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. The Source
    Oct 20, 2015
    90
    Compton gives every indication that Dr. Dre is as potent now as he was in the 20th century's final decade. [#267, p.91]
  2. Aug 11, 2015
    88
    Knowing that this is Dre's finale, there's a pleasant melancholy that frames Compton, and with the music in our ears, acknowledging that maybe that's for the best.
  3. 80
    Musically, it’s ornate and grand-scaled, and somehow also deft.
  4. Aug 10, 2015
    80
    Regardless of whether or not the album will spawn a generation of imitators like his previous releases, Compton is a proper capstone to Dre’s legendary career.
  5. Q Magazine
    Aug 25, 2015
    80
    It's a rap record for rap people. [Oct 2015, p.106]
  6. Aug 11, 2015
    75
    After three decades in the music business, it's inspiring to see him deliver an excellent album: overseeing it, driving his guests/writers/producers onto greater things and delivering it in an interesting way is no mean feat. His voice has matured.
  7. Aug 10, 2015
    50
    As Compton progresses, it rarely seems to shift out of second gear, evidently favouring laid back grooves and sparse production over aggressive break beats and G-Funk swagger. All the while an almost listless lyrical style on occasion provides a narrative, or lack thereof.... Cynicism aside, there are moments of brilliance here.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 51
  2. Negative: 6 out of 51
  1. Mar 22, 2016
    10
    I really like the way Dr. Dre diverse his sound with what is poppin' today. It shows his versatility as a producer and that's the main reasonI really like the way Dr. Dre diverse his sound with what is poppin' today. It shows his versatility as a producer and that's the main reason why i like this album so much!!! Expand
  2. Aug 9, 2015
    10
    The Doc pulled out all the stops on this one. The beats are absolutely incredible and the performances of his guests are downrightThe Doc pulled out all the stops on this one. The beats are absolutely incredible and the performances of his guests are downright jaw-dropping; from lesser known artists like Jon Connor and King Mez to Dre's usual suspects Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and not to mention nostalgic collaborators like Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and even Xzibit. And that's not to take away from the Doc himself, his flow is a good as its ever been, if not, better. Overall this a immaculately crafted album that hits all the right ways in ways that we wanted and even in ways we didn't know we wanted. This is the empathic grand finale that I'm sure the Doc meant it to be. He does not disappoint. Expand
  3. Aug 7, 2015
    10
    amazing project solid beats and raw rapping all comes together to make one of the best albums in a minute Dre has mastered the sound of everyamazing project solid beats and raw rapping all comes together to make one of the best albums in a minute Dre has mastered the sound of every generation a album filled with new talent and old the perfect blend of old school and new school Kendrick Lamar and Eminem deliver two of the best verses on the album solute DR D.R.E! Expand
  4. May 23, 2017
    9
    2015 was a really good year for hip hop in my opinion, and this album did nothing but help it earn that sentiment from me. There are no bad2015 was a really good year for hip hop in my opinion, and this album did nothing but help it earn that sentiment from me. There are no bad songs on this in my opinion.

    Best songs: Deep Water / Issues / Loose Cannons
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  5. Feb 3, 2017
    8
    I like this album a lot, but one of the songs is kind of cheesy, darkside/gone. I hate that song. All of the other songs i like, like deepI like this album a lot, but one of the songs is kind of cheesy, darkside/gone. I hate that song. All of the other songs i like, like deep water, talk about it, and talking to my diary. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2015
    7
    It's okay at best. Gets corny at times especially with the skits. But, Kendrick is a real bright spot throughout the album and leaves hisIt's okay at best. Gets corny at times especially with the skits. But, Kendrick is a real bright spot throughout the album and leaves his mark on Compton. Expand
  7. Aug 10, 2015
    0
    I've only casually heard bits and pieces of this album, but can we pause right there, why do we care a single cent about Dr. "I just haveI've only casually heard bits and pieces of this album, but can we pause right there, why do we care a single cent about Dr. "I just have everyone ghostwrite everything" Dre? Has he written(only allegedly) some good songs? Sure. "Express Yourself" is about as party as you get from any song out there and the Chronic is basically hip hop's Nevermind. But can this guy just give up the ghost and start doing what he would rather do? I imagine it's pretty much *anything* given how stagnant this album is. He probably likes chopping onions more than listening to this album. AND IT'S HIS. Expand

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