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Dr. Dre is using the royalties from his new album Compton to help fund an arts center

Dr. Dre, gangsta rap pioneer and headphones mogul, knows that 16 years is an unusually long time to make fans wait for a new album. So, in an effort to ensure the new record Compton is extraordinary, he unveiled some big plans for what he calls his "grand finale."

"I've been working on something to make this album really special," Dre said during Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio show Thursday, adding that he decided to put all artist royalties from Compton toward financing an "arts and entertainment facility" in the album's namesake city.

The new record, subtitled "A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre," is meant as a companion piece to the N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton. It will stream exclusively on Apple Music from 9-12 p.m. ET Thursday evening.