Dr Dre to release new album in 16 years



Dr. Dre decided to head back to the studio after 16 years to record his "finale" album Compton: The Soundtrack.

The rap mogul  revealed on Beats 1 radio show that the new project was inspired by the upcoming film Straight Outta Compton, a biopic that documents the rise of his group N.W.A.

The new album, which will be released on Friday (Aug 7), will include collaborations with artists including Kendrick Lamar, Jill Scott, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube.


“Lion City Kia” Shigga Shay credits Singapore for rap career

Local rapper Shigga Shay to release debut album on National Day

PATRIOTIC: Shigga Shay says he will always be thankful for the breaks he got as a musician here.

Not many can boast about enjoying mainstream success as a rapper in the local music industry.

But Shigga Shay is one of the rare few who has established himself as a well-received hip-hop artist in Singapore, thanks to hits like Lion City Kia (Lion City Kid in Hokkien) and Lim Pehwhich have a unique local flavour with their use of familiar colloquial phrases and references.

Of late, he's been busy doing "national service" of sorts, with his involvement in several SG50-related shows like the recent Sing, Love - The Concert and the upcoming National Day Parade celebrations, Celebrate SG50 countdown concert and the Sing50 mega-concert.

In fact, he's so proud to be a "Lion City Kia" (Lion City Kid in Hokkien), he'll be releasing his debut self-titled album on National Day.

Pursuing rap is a brave step for a full-time career, something that had his family raising their eyebrows.

Shigga Shay, who learnt to rap at nine and started rapping professionally in 2010, told M last week: "I never tried to seek a 'real job'. My mum was okay as long as I was happy but you see, all my relatives are dentists or lawyers. At gatherings, I was often asked when I would find a proper job or continue with school, and was told that 'music can't feed you'."

But the passionate 23-year-old, whose real name is Pek Jin Shen, was not discouraged.

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He said: "I would argue and tell them, 'Do you want me to do something I don't like until I'm old?' I don't want to be somebody who is living life for somebody else just to match (up to) their expectations of me."

These are the same struggles faced by many homegrown musicians, who juggle day jobs on top of their music commitments.

"I'm definitely lucky. Five years ago, if you wanted to make music full-time, people would shoot you down.

"For my generation, social media opened a lot of doors for us and paved the way for new opportunities. This in turn opens more doors for the future generation of musicians here.

"The landscape is changing and people are more open, thanks to the previous generations who are always testing boundaries and pushing barriers."

Indeed, his plate is getting full.

He will make his movie debut in local director Royston Tan's 3688 as a rapping coffee-shop boy. Opening here on Sept 17 and also starring Liu Ling Ling and Rahimah Rahim, the movie centres on parking attendant Fei Fei (Joi Chua) who aspires to a singer be like her namesake, legendary Taiwanese singer Fong Fei Fei.

Shigga Shay, who is also part of homegrown hip-hop collective Grizzle Grind Crew, will also return to perform at the annual music festival Ignite! at Republic Polytechnic later this month.

One recent performance was especially memorable, he said.

He scored the opportunity to perform with local Mandopop queen Stefanie Sun last month at Sing, Love - The Concert. The pair had collaborated on the song Simply, Love for the Sing, Love SG50 tribute album.


"The album producer told me that Stef requested to work with me. To me, that was not even a question - of course I would! Apparently, she had watched my music videos and saw me perform live once. It was crazy to make a song with her, perform with her and even hold hands with her at the concert," he recalled with pride.

"My mum was sitting in the front row and although she didn't say anything, I knew she was very proud."

As he counts down the days to his album release on the nation's jubilee, he said he is thankful to be born and bred in the Lion City.

"I want to look back five or 10 years down the road and remember that I released my first album on such a special day. I've been representing Singapore in all my songs so it's only right that the release date has a significant meaning," he said.

The album will feature collaborations with The Sam Willows' Benjamin Kheng, Gentle Bones, Tosh Zhang and Wang Weiliang.

"(Singapore) is where I owe my life. I grew up here, my friends are here, I built my career here. Everyone says you have to go overseas to further your career but this country has a lot of opportunities that people tend to overlook."

He then added with a laugh: "I hate only the weather!"


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WHEN Aug 21 (from 4pm) and Aug 22 (from 5pm)

WHERE Republic Polytechnic lawn

TICKETS Admission is free

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The unsung heroes of TTSH

They have a big responsibility to ensure patients' safety

STAR AT WORK: As part of the Star team, Madam Farhanna Mohammed Tayib, 32, has to provide direct patient care such as inserting IV plugs and drawing blood.

A patient at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) ripped out his tracheostomy tube while he was being transferred for a procedure. The tube assisted with his breathing.

Specialised Transfer and Acuity Response (Star) team coordinator Abdul Rahman Tunek sprang into action to help the patient, who was restless and confused.

He calmed the patient, covered up the hole in the man's throat and brought an oxygen mask to help him breathe until doctors could replace the tube.

The patient was being transferred from his ward to the Diagnostic Radiology departmentwhen it happened.

The Star team, who are some of the unsung heroes of TTSH, work tirelessly to ensure things run smoothly during transfers.

They handle all in-hospital transfers, transporting 248 patients every day for appointments both within the hospital and to other hospitals. But the team is also game about creating tools to help their colleagues learn.

On Aug 11, three members of the Star team will take part in a health-game creation competition organised by the National Healthcare Group (NHG) and Serious Games Association (SGA).

The Star team members have designed and submitted a game at the 1st NHG-SGA Game Jam 2015 to teach healthcare staff more about diabetes.

Since the 40 team members transport patients by themselves, they need to be ready to deal with any emergencies on their own.

Although the Star team transfers only stable patients, there is always the chance of something unexpected happening, like a patient collapsing.

Late last year, Madam Farhanna Mohammed Tayib, 32, took a patient from TTSH to the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) for a check-up.

The patient could walk and refused to sit in a wheelchair, which was the protocol.

Madam Farhanna, a Star team member for eight years, said: "He was acting up at the clinic because he was angry he had to wait almost two hours.

"He was pacing and scolding the admin clerk at IMH. He was also trying to go into the doctor's room even though it wasn't his turn."


Madam Farhanna added that the wait time for patients depends on the hospital or clinic and can vary depending on the treatment.

The patient said he wanted to smoke, which was not allowed. He then stormed out of the clinic.

With the help of an IMH security guard, Madam Farhanna was able to calm the patient down and take him safely back to TTSH.

She said: "This case was very challenging. The responsibility for us is very heavy, because we want to ensure the patient's safety."

Madam Farhanna added: "The main challenge is that we must take care of the situation single-handedly. We need to make our own decisions and react fast.

"At Star team, we work like a family and I am happy with a job where I can provide assistance to patients. I am glad that I can help them."