Dr. Dre is back on call. The veteran hip-hop producer, rapper and executive debuted the video for “I Need a Doctor,” the second single from his highly anticipated third solo album Detox.
The video opens up with Dre reminiscing about his career. While driving, he gets into a severe car accident, leaving his protégé Eminem to ponder if his friend will survive.
The song then kicks off with the Detroit rapper’s two verses, in which Em reiterates his loyalty to the man who signed him to Aftermath Records and how he still believes in him even when Dre himself might be second-guessing himself. Slim Shady is seen rapping passionately toward Dr. Dre’s body while it appears to be held in stasis in a water tank, no doubt to heal his injuries.
By the time we get to Dre’s third and closing verse, he is finally brought back to life, dropping bars about why the rap game needs him. “It literally feels like a lifetime ago/ But I still remember the sh– like it was just yesterday, though,” Dre raps to open his verse. Appropriately, the video features a montage of nostalgia-inducing photographs and archival video footage of Dr. Dre throughout his 25-plus-year music career. From early N.W.A to Death Row to Aftermath, the breadth and diversity of Dre’s career is placed in perspective.
Much has been said about Dre’s workout habits and in the video he looks like an elite bodybuilding specimen. While kicking his verse, he is seen working out, performing dips, crunches and other muscle-straining exercises.
The video ends with Dr. Dre visiting the grave of his late N.W.A partner Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, who died of AIDS in 1995.
Dr. Dre and Eminem, along with Skylar Grey, performed the song at the 2011 Grammy Awards . There is still no firm release date for Detox.
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