Five Artists Who’d Fit on Dr. Dre’s ‘Compton’

This year in music has been highly unpredictable. It’s like the Gods above felt we needed to be blessed in a major way, and those blessings keep on coming. We’re more than halfway through the year and got the biggest surprise we’ll get: Dr. Dre’s third and final album.

Rumors swirled that Dre was working on something to coincide with the release of Straight Outta Compton. Like every year after 2001, these were brushed off. Yeah, right. Dre and releasing an album in the same sentence? Please. However, this time wasn’t a crying wolf situation. It’s real.

Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre doesn’t sound like his previous two albums. It’s a huge departure from that. It’s still West Coast sounding, but a new era entirely. The fact that N.W.A.’s movie inspired this is amazing. There’s so much depth dripping from track to track, and the guest features chosen fit into the vision.

With so many names associated on the album, from Kendrick Lamar to King Mez, it seems like a whole portion of the industry gets a chunk of Dre’s idea turned album. They’re all actors casted in a role to bring nothing short of heat rock to Dre’s grand finale. What about the ones who didn’t get casted? The names that weren’t brought back from his other albums? The 100s of new artists emerging in the last 16 years?

Dr. Dre’s Compton is a beautiful piece of work. Never get that confused. It’s human nature to wonder the “what if” and that’s what people do with albums. Whether it’s for nostalgia purposes or a dope collaboration we just wanted to see.

Here’s five artists who would have fit in well with Compton.

Jay Rock

Song choice: “Loose Cannons”

Why it makes sense: Right after Xzibit spit his best verse in years is where Jay Rock slides into on “Loose Cannons.” His vivid storytelling lyrics would add to the narrative of Compton. The production also has that Rock dark, West Coast vibe.

50 Cent

Song choice: “Medicine Man”

Why it makes sense: 50 Cent isn’t on Compton. What gives? He is the only artist Dre really co-signed and help build up to a hugely successful level that isn’t on any of Dre’s albums. We get the distance, but this is a moment in hip-hop history.

Much like Dre does a few times on the album, as well as Eminem to an extent, 50 should reflect on his career. The perfect track for that is “Medicine Man.” It would have been special to have the Shady Aftermath trio together for one final time.


Song choice: “Issues”

Why it makes sense: This is pretty simple. Ice Cube is already on the song, add a verse from MC Ren and maybe one from Eazy-E if there’s ANYTHING on the face of the earth in a fault, and have DJ Yella add in some touches on the production. Dre’s fame happened because of the N.W.A. days. He reminisces on it throughout Compton, but hearing the world’s most dangerous group team up for a finale adds to the closure of his career.

Kanye West

Song choice: Restricting him to production help.

Why it makes sense: You know something? These two have never worked. Even Dre has had Lil Wayne in the studio. It’s surprising, but ‘Ye is as much as visionary as Dre is with the production. Keep Kanye from spitting any Travi$ Scott-written bars and focus on delivering ideas to the beats.

Nate Dogg

Song choice: Nate’s presence would be welcomed on any song.

Why it makes sense: Yeah, Nate Dogg has passed away, but Warren G reminds us that he still has vocals from the late, great one on Regulate… G Funk Era Pt. 2. Since Dre is his step-brother, it can’t take too much to slide him something that fits into the album’s theme. Even it was something small like Eazy-E’s heart-warming appearance on “Darkside.”

Recommend the article if you enjoyed it. Also check out the story of N.W.A.’s failed reunion album, Best verses on Compton and Dr. Dre’s next career moves.

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