The project was also responsible
for shining a light on the crop of up-and-coming performers Anderson .Paak,
King Mez, and Justus.
Another young talent that has
emerged from the creation of Compton is Andrew “Drewski” Corria. The
26-year-old Providence, Rhode Island native went from throwing parties in high
school to serving as A&R Coordinator on Dre’s third studio LP.
In early 2014, Corria relocated to
L.A. without a job or a place to live waiting for him. Fortunately, his prior
close relationship with Mez eventually led to Drewski meeting Tyheim “Ty”
Cannon – head of A&R at Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. Cannon later took
Corria under his wing and eventually assigned him the duty of helping to find
production and artist placement for Compton.
AllHipHop.com spoke with Corria
about his role in crafting the sound of Compton: A Soundtrack By Dr. Dre
and the unexpected journey his life has taken over the last year.
At what point did
you join the process in the creation of Compton?
There were probably two records on
the album that were made before I was around the situation. Dre was inspired on
the set of Straight Outta Compton. He would leave the movie set at night
and go straight to the studio to work on music. He would show us dailies, then
go in the lab and create some amazing music.
As an A&R, you
were responsible for finding production and talent for the album.
Yeah, I was assisting Ty with that.
With this being
Dre’s first album in 16 years, what was the process for deciding what sounds
and artists you were going to present to Dre for possible placement on the
Before I got the official title
from Ty, I’d just be in the studio hearing things they’re working on, beats
that are getting shot down, and beats that were lifting their ears up. Being
around that for months conditioned my ears to be able to find stuff they might
have been interested in. That’s how I figured out how to hear something and
say, “Dre might be interested in this.”
Do you remember a
particular track that stood out to you that actually made the album?
“Animal” is actually a song that I
heard and thought, “They have to hear this.” I kind of brought Anderson into
the whole situation with Dre. Tay had talked about him to Dre, but he probably
had not played him the right record.
I was a fan of his groupmate
Knxwledge. They’re in the group Nxworries. I follow him on Soundcloud. They had
one song out called “Suede,” and I’m a huge fan of the record.
Mez, Justus, Ty, The D.O.C, and Dre
were all in the studio. I plugged up for my phone and played the song. They
were all messing with the record. Ty had a relationship with Anderson’s manager
Adrian, and he called him in. I think the first song they worked on was “All In
A Days Work.”
Anderson went to Russia to do a
show with DJ Premier. They worked on some records while out there. When they
came back, Adrian was playing me stuff. Then he played “Animal” which had
another title at the time. I said, “This song is amazing. We have to play this
Everyone piled in the studio, and I
played it. It went from Dre thinking the song was dope to him saying, “I want
to work on this song with you or whatever you’re doing with it.” Then it went
to “Can I have this for the album?” They said of course. After that DJ Premier
flew out to work on the record, and it’s now what you hear today.
You have a good
relationship with Mez. He actually has the first verse on the album. Has he
ever talked you about finding out he’d actually be the opening rapper on Compton**?**
He was really excited about it. Ty
got the song from DJ Dahi. They had Mez do some yelling on it which he’s not
really known for, but it sounded amazing. Then they said this is how the album
has to start off – super aggressive with energy. I’m very happy for him. He’s a
very good friend of mine.
The way it
transitioned from “Intro” to “Talk About It” was dope. Especially because
people probably were not as familiar with Mez. So for him to be the first voice
you hear is impactful.
I think that’s one of the things
Dre does best. He finds brand new talent, and they become huge artists. From
Snoop all the way to Kendrick, his track record is pretty good. I think all the
new people on the album – from Justus to Mez to Anderson – are all going to be
really big acts in the future.
Is there any talk
about Mez and Anderson officially joining Aftermath?
I’m not sure. That’s not my place
to say. I know they have a really good relationship, and we’ll see what
happens. I can’t confirm nor deny that’s going to happen.
Not as of yet. The only person
signed is Jon Connor who also did an amazing job on the album.
There’s been a few
albums to come from Aftermath this year – Dre, Kendrick. The Southpaw**soundtrack was through Shady
Records/Interscope, but it was still an Eminem produced project. What about
Jon? Can we expect a project from him in the near future?**
I know he’s in the studio working
on his album, so it should be out. I don’t know when, but you can expect music
from Jon. Everything was focused on Dre, but now that that’s out, he’s
He even says after he puts out
music he doesn’t listen to it anymore. He just starts working on the next
thing. Even with the 16 year hiatus from putting out an album, he’s been
working on music that whole time.
Were you able to
listen to any of the songs that were going to be on Detox
I might have heard one or two songs
that they said possibly could have been on Detox. I thought they sounded
phenomenal. Dre’s a genius, and he’s very particular about how things sound. I
feel like he has that ear no one else has. He knows what he wants, and like he
said on The Pharmacy, he didn’t think [Detox] was good enough to
You seem to have a
good ear too. You connected with Anderson and Mez. Are there any other
up-and-coming artists that are on your radar?
I appreciate you bigging up my ear.
I’m just trying to learn from Dre and Ty. In the 11 months that I’ve been
there, I’ve been trying to soak everything up and learn as much as I can.
As far as other artists on my
radar, there’s two acts from back home that I really dig. One is a group called
Code Green. They have a song called “Too Silly.” There’s another artist from
back home named Zumo Kollie. He’s a dope lyricist.
That dude Roy Woods who signed with
OVO, I dig his music. Post Malone is super dope. There’s this other dude from
my region – Cousin Stizz. He’s out of Boston. He has a record called “No Bells”
that I like a lot.
You said it’s been
eleven months since you joined with Aftermath. As you sit back and reflect on
how much your life has changed in a year, what do you think about?
I don’t know if I’m lucky or super
blessed, but it’s amazing to see everything go so fast. I was very confident
I’d be successful. I knew I was going to come to L.A. and do some really cool
stuff. I didn’t know what it would be, but I knew – no matter what – I was
going to be successful.
I never thought in a million years
I’d have A&R credit on Dr. Dre’s third and final album. I’m just taking it
day-by-day. I’m very thankful for everything. I’m thankful to Ty who gave me a
chance. I didn’t have too much experience as a music executive on that level.
But I guess he saw something in me to give me a chance, and I really appreciate
Same thing with Mez. He didn’t have
to bring me to the studio. He was super supportive. Big shout out to those
dudes. And obviously my friends and family. I moved out here with no job, no
place to stay. I had to figure it out. Honestly, I’m still figuring it out. I
want to keep moving forward.