Dr. Dre is planning a major “give back” to the community with the earnings from his new album, “Compton.” On Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 Radio program Thursday, the rapper revealed that he plans to donate the royalties from “Compton” to building a performing arts center in his hometown of Compton, California. “Compton: The Soundtrack” is inspired by Dre’s upcoming N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton.” It’s his first album since 1999’s “2001.” You may recall, Dr. Dre weathered a storm of criticism for a $70 million dollar gift to the University of Southern California to create a new degree with his Beats Electronics partner instead of giving his half of that donation, $35 million, to a Historically Black College or University (H.B.C.U). “The new black higher-ed philanthropy king,” as he’s been dubbed by the president of Dillard University, Walter Kimbrough, will put big dollars straight into Compton through arts education and a place to perform in the shadows of nearby U.S.C. where he grew up.
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