News: "My Whole Career Is Always To Try To Get A Reaction Out Of [Dr.] Dre"

Saturday, Feb 26, 2011 10:39AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rappers Eminem and Dr. Dre have stepped forward to address the new "I Need A Doctor" music video and what the visual's overall impact has had on the Aftermath Records CEO.

Em said he hoped the music video would inspire Dre to continue working in the studio.

"My whole career, especially in the beginning but even still to this day, is always to try to get a reaction out of Dre," Eminem said in an interview. "The reaction I wanted, was to spark him even more than he's been sparked lately, you know what I'm saying? Even push it further and just get him to finish the album...The car crash I think is just metaphorically speaking, feels like Dre's been in a coma, and like me and hip-hop are trying to wake him up out of his coma." (Extra)

Dre also stressed the significance "I Need A Doctor" had on him.

"It almost felt like this song and this video was the rebirth of something," Dre said. "Maybe the rebirth of me, going to whatever the future holds for me...It's weird because that's how I started feeling last night during the making of this video, kind of feeling the rehabilitation and everything. It just really feels that way." (Extra)

The music video officially premiered this week.

Full of images from Dre's early days with N.W.A., it metaphorically imagines the life, death and rebirth of the elder statesman of West Coast hip-hop. "I Need a Doctor" begins with Dre standing atop a cliff, staring out at an ocean Inception-style, before cutting to fleeting, impressionistic snapshots of his earlier videos, spanning from N.W.A. to his Death Row days up to the Aftermath era with his protégé Eminem. After Dre endures a horrific car crash and finds himself on life support, Eminem raps about how he'd never have made it without the Good Doctor's help and guidance. At one point, Dre even seems to appear in a bacta tank, the recuperative fluid-chamber Luke Skywalker takes a dive in The Empire Strikes Back. (Entertainment Weekly)

Following the near-fatal on-screen car crash, Dre is assisted by doctors and his protege, Eminem.

At 7:31, the Allan Hughes-directed clip for "Doctor" features a narrative arc, as Dre's life and musical past flashes before his eyes right before he is involved in a spectacular car crash on a freeway. "Years later," medical doctors are still examining the comatose rapper while Eminem makes a verbal plea to revitalize his hip-hop boss. "You're supposed to be my f--king mentor/I can endure, no more and demand that you remember who you are," Em raps to Dre, who is floating unconscious in a water-filled tube. Dr. Dre eventually works himself back into fighting form during his verse, and the end of the clip features an emotional twist as the rapper visits the gravestone of former N.W.A. partner Eric "Eazy E" Wright. Skylar Grey, who performed "I Need a Doctor" with the pair of rappers at the Grammy Awards, appears as a ghostly figure in the video to sing the hook. (Billboard)

Check out Dr. Dre & Eminem's interview below:

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