Apple Music gets first stream of Compton, Dr. Dre’s first album in over 15 years

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Dr. Dre’s latest album, Compton: A Soundtrack, doesn’t officially drop until Friday, but if that’s too long for you to wait, we have good news: Apple Music announced Tuesday on Twitter that it’ll stream the album exclusively from 6 to 9 p.m. PDT on Thursday, August 6. It’s just one day before the official release, but after almost 16 years of waiting for a new Dre album, we can’t blame fans for being anxious for an early listen.

The famed rapper and producer referred to his latest project as his “grand finale” on his Beats 1 show, The Pharmacy, and it sounds more than worthy of the title. It’s an album that was inspired by Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic, and includes several of his friends and former protégés. When Dre headed back to the studio to record his buzzworthy album, he brought an impressive group of collaborators with him; songs will feature artists like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, and more.

Prior to Compton, Dr. Dre’s last studio album was the multiplatinum 2001, released in 1999. It was nominated for the Grammy for Best Rap Album, but 2001 ultimately lost out to The Marshall Mathers LP, an album mainly produced by Dre and Eminem. In the years since, Dre has continued to continued to collaborate with other artists, both as a rapper and producer. He’s been far from absent from the music scene, but Compton is highly anticipated nonetheless.

Apple Music shared the news of the early stream via Twitter.

Compton: A Soundtrack will be available on Friday, August 7.