Grammy-winning rapper Eminem and Dr. Dre will once again team up and release a new single later this week called “Die Hard” presumably off Doc’s upcoming Detox solo album.
According to reports, the project will premiere this Friday (May 6).
Detox may still not have a release date, but that’s not stopping Dr. Dre from pumping out the singles. The hip-hop icon is prepping a second collaboration with Eminem for his long-delayed album. In a surprise announcement at the end of Showtime’s “Fight Camp 360°: Pacquiao vs. Mosley,” the narrator says that Dre will premiere his new Em-assisted single “Die Hard” during the show on Friday, May 6, at 10 p.m. This follows Dre’s previous collaboration with Eminem “I Need a Doctor,” which currently sits at No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Rap-Up)
Last February, Em and Dre dropped their “I Need A Doctor” music video.
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 its release, Em said he hoped the video would inspire Doc 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)
As of now, there is no confirmed release date for Detox.
Check out a teaser for the new song down below: