Last year, Straight Outta Compton brought the music of 1990s gangster rap legends NWA back to the forefront of pop culture and now A&E is showing the city's modern rap scene in the three-part documentary Streets of Compton. The special will feature rapper The Game along with other notable members of the Southern California music scene and in addition to the documentary series, there will be a Streets of Compton soundtrack, produced by The Game. According to Billboard, The Game's Streets of Compton album will be released on June 17, just a few weeks after the series' premiere and one day after the final installment of the film airs on A&E.
In that time, viewers might even get a glimpse into the making of the album, and will get to hear the tracks as part of its soundtrack. So far, there are already two tracks available on SoundCloud that you can listen to for free before the album is released later this month, to give you an idea of its style. The sound is a mix between a throwback to the '90s usually associated with the city of Compton, and the modern, technology-driven style of Compton hip hop, like Kendrick Lamar's music. Take a listen to The Game's "Roped Off" below. (It should be noted that these tracks are very NSFW.)
The sound should be familiar to anyone who's a fan of The Game's "The Streetz of Compton," the song that probably inspired the title of this A&E documentary. And "Roped Off" features Problem and Boogie, two other Compton rappers.
In another track released in advance of the Streets of Compton premiere, "Bad Boy on Death Row," The Game is assisted by Dave East and the two trade '90s references back and forth in a slower, more reflective set of rhymes.
The rest of the soundtrack is still a few weeks away, but iTunes has released the track list for the Streets of Compton album, which has 11 songs, including the two above. Unfortunately, the only tracks currently available the already-released "Roped Off" and "Bad Boy on Death Row." According to the iTunes listings, some of the other artists who will be featured on the album include J3, Payso, AD & AV, and Micah. Billboard credits MC Eiht and DJ Yella as appearing in the the doc, but they may not have any participation in the album, as they're not mentioned in the iTunes preview. When it's released, you can buy the album on iTunes for $18.99.
If you deeply enjoy learning about The Streets of Compton during the documentary, consider picking up the soundtrack when it drops — it should be an authentic representation of the music scene represented in the documentary.
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