Eminem & Kendrick Lamar Are Confirmed Artists For ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Soundtrack

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Since March, a lot of speculation has surrounded the likelihood of a soundtrack for the Straight Outta Compton N.W.A. biopic. With just a month until the Universal film, produced by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E’s widow (Tomica Woods-Wright), it appears that a soundtrack is indeed coming.

In March, Dre revealed to Big Boy’s Neighborhood that he was at work on some music. However, the Compton, California mogul added that it would only release if excellence was achieved.“I don’t want to say that I’m definitely gonna put [the soundtrack] out, but I’m really feelin’ what I’m workin’ on right now,” said the man born Andre Young. “This would be a record that’s inspired by the movie, feel me?”

Director F. Gary Gray confirmed to MTV News that a soundtrack is in fact underway. The Straight Outta Compton director, known for sitting in the chair for Friday, The Italian Job, and Set It Off confirmed that Aftermath Entertainment artists Eminem and Kendrick Lamar have recorded. Both artists are post-N.W.A. Dre proteges, to varying extents. “The music is so good. [Dr. Dre really] went deep and you can hear some of his influences with Jazz and Soul and a little bit of Funk,” he said of the Straight Outta Compton soundtrack.

Simply saying that an extensive list of other artists are involved, Gray did not hint at a possible reunion between Dre, Cube, MC Ren, and DJ Yella—the first since 1989. It was also not confirmed if the soundtrack will release on Dre’s Aftermath imprint, or Ruthless Records—the label started by Eazy-E, responsible for two of N.W.A.’s seminal albums.

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