I didn’t really start listening to Hip Hop/Rap seriously until I was considerably older than the people in that stupid article that made the rounds a while back. You know, the one that said people stop listening to new music once they hit their 30’s. Hell, so much of what I listen to now wasn’t even on my radar in my 30’s. Not that I like everything coming out now, but I’ve never been one to like everything current. Sometimes it takes some distance, you know?
Anyway, I picked up Dr. Dre’s new (and final?) album, Compton. Apart from the very unfunny “skit” on one song involving a murder—and I just skip right past that. No sense in listening to that crap more than once—the rest of the album is fan-freaking-tastic from start to finish. I swear some of it’s the best-produced, most detailed music I’ve ever heard in Hip-Hop.
I know Dre’s done awesome work over the years, though I’m particularly partial to his more recent, mature work. The earlier stuff is mostly too Gangsta for me (though I like most of 2001). What can I say? I grew up in a different space, and some of the more aggressive, misogynistic lyrics bother me a lot more than the violent/drug lyrics that seem more societal commentary.
But Dre’s a contemporary of mine, age-wise. Adult Contemporary Rap, they should call it. He’s matured, and my tastes just keep getting broader and broader.
Highly recommended, even if you’re not a huge fan of the genre.