Dr. Dre just dropped some new beats.
The legendary rapper surprised music fans with his newest album, “Compton: A Soundtrack.” The album had 25 million streams on Apple Music in its first week, and also sold nearly half a million downloads on iTunes, according to Apple executives.
While “Compton: A Soundtrack” remains No. 2 on the Billboard chart, falling behind Luke Brian’s Kill the Lights album, Dre's album is still creating quite a buzz in the music world.
As an aspiring artist, you may not have the popularity that Dre does, but there are still some valuable takeaways from the rapper’s recent music comeback.
If you’re a great artist you can make a comeback at any time.
While Dre has kept his relevance in the music industry as the co-founder of Beats by Dre and his work with rappers including Ice Cube and Kendrick Lamar, the new album is Dre’s first album since "2001" was released 16 years ago. His comeback proves that if you make great music, it doesn’t matter how long of a gap there is between your album releases. It’s more important to believe in what you are making and make sure they are quality songs your fans will love.
Collaborating with other talented artists will make your album more dynamic.
Of course Dre’s own significance is enough to generate hype around the new album, but adding big names like Kendrick Lamar and Eminem can’t hurt. You may not have famous friends yourself, but collaborating with other artists you respect will help inspire you and allow your music to evolve. Not only will it benefit you on an artistic level, but it will also allow you to tap into new fanbases.
No matter how famous you are, there will always be critics.
It doesn't matter how long you have been creating music and how well-respected you are, you will always have negative feedback. Dre’s album has received mixed reviews, but as the rapper has said himself:
“No matter how hard you work to bring yourself up, there’s someone out there working just as hard to put you down.”
Tie your music into a trending topic.
It’s not coincidence that Dre’s new album was dropped as the new film, "Straight out of Compton" was ready to hit theaters. Releasing it around the same time generated twice as much publicity. It could be beneficial for you as well to try to release your music at a strategic time. This doesn’t have to only pertain to song releases, but also as far as your social media content and digital promotion.
The most important lesson to takeaway from Dre's music comeback is that as an artist, making music doesn't have a time limit. As long as your passion remains so will your music.