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'Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre' is set for release Friday

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Karen Butler
Dr. Dre's new album is set for release Friday. Photo by Daniel Gluskoter/UPI
Dr. Dre's new album is set for release Friday. Photo by Daniel Gluskoter/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 2 (UPI) -- Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre is set for release exclusively on iTunes and Apple Music Friday.

This marks the first new album from the hip-hop icon and Apple executive since 2001 was released in 1999.

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"I was leaving the set, going to the studio, and I felt myself just being so inspired by the movie that I started recording an album," Dre said Saturday during his weekly radio show, The Pharmacy. "I kept it under wraps, and now the album is finished. It's an 'inspired-by' album. It's inspired by Straight Outta Compton."

Compton is the biopic about Dre's groundbreaking rap group N.W.A., which is set for theatrical release this month.

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