During a stop by Philadelphia radio station Power 99 this morning to promote the new N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube let slip some big news about the movie’s Dr. Dre-curated soundtrack. We already knew it was set to feature new music from Dre plus Kendrick Lamar and Eminem. Now we know it’s coming out this Saturday 8/1, all at once, and that it’s essentially a new Dre album “inspired by Compton.” “It’s mega,” Cube said. “It’s Dr. Dre. It’s what everybody’s been waiting for. It’s definitely a dope record. And he dropping it all on the same day.” Does that mean it’s the album formerly known as Detox? Unclear. Does it feature Dre’s leaked Kendrick Lamar/Jeremih collab “2Nite“? Perhaps. Will it be an Apple Music exclusive? Who knows, though Zane Lowe has been touting a “colossal surprise guest” on Beats 1 this Friday. By Saturday, we’ll know it all.
The interviewers also asked Cube about the potential for an N.W.A. tour, to which he responded affirmatively: “We’ve definitely been talking about it… It’s definitely, definitely possible.” Given that a rep for Dre and Eminem denied that they would be involved in an N.W.A. tour, presumably this would be the Cube + Yella + MC Ren lineup that performed at the BET Experience.
Watch the interview below. The portion about the tour and album begins just before the 10-minute mark.
Straight Outta Compton is in theaters 8/14.