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Dr. Dre is building an art school in Compton

The rap king is doing it with the profits from his new record that dropped yesterday on Apple Music

Dr. Dre, the first billionaire in hip-hop, is donating all the royalties he receives from his new record Compton to help pay for a brand new arts centre in his Californian home city. He’ll be working alongside city mayor Aja Brown to provide the new facility for Compton kids. Dre announced the news yesterday on the Beats 1 radio show hosted by Zane Lowe. 

Dre may have boasted about looting the city during the L.A. riots on The Chronic, his debut solo record, but now he appears dead set on giving back to the place in a big way.

Outlining his plans for the project on Beats 1 he said: “We’ve reached out to Aja Brown quite a few times in the last month or two, I’ve been really trying to do something special for Compton and just couldn’t quite figure out what it was. She actually had this idea and she was already in the process of working on it. I said, 'Boom, this is what we should do.'”

Compton includes 16 new Dre songs and includes appearances from Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, The Game and others. The rapper has referred to the album as his “grand finale”, making it seem unlikely that he’ll step up to the mic ever again. "I just wanted to do something special for Compton," he said.