2011Released
4:43

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This song features Dr Dre's one-time protégé Eminem whilst Skylar Grey sings the hook. Grey, who was formerly known as Holly Brook, sang on the Fort Minor song "Where'd You Go" and co-wrote Eminem's song "Love the Way You Lie."

The song finds Eminem delivering grateful lyrics about his mentor believing in him in his early days and now returning the favor, before Dre delivers the song's final verse. Dre and Eminem have shared a friendship and musical bond throughout Eminem's career. Not only has Dre produced much of Slim Shady's work, but the two label-mates have also collaborated on a series of hit songs, including "Forgot About Dre" from Dre's album 2001, and "Crack a Bottle from Eminem's Relapse.

Directed by acclaimed film director Allen Hughes (Menace II Society, Book of Eli), the seven and a half minute video includes private home video footage from Dr. Dre in a retrospective of his life and career. The promo shows Dr. Dre crashing his Ferrari Modena and being transported to a medical facility. The February 18th 2001 date at the beginning of the video is the same day as when NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt was killed in a crash during the Daytona 500 race. Eminem raps next to the unconscious Dre in the hospital spitting his two verses in which he expresses his loyalty to his mentor. Skylar Grey can be spotted as one of the "doctors" in the video, but never actually appears singing her part. Dre eventually wakes up and goes through rehab, and the video ends with him standing at the grave of his late N.W.A partner Eric "Eazy-E" Wright. Dre and Easy had a big feud when N.W.A. broke up, which was reconciled shortly before Easy died of AIDS in 1995.
"This is a very unique song, very personal and groundbreaking so when I first heard the track I knew it was something I had to do because I like to do things that are different and innovative," said Allen Hughes. "Besides knowing Dre for 20 years, I felt compelled to do this as a fan and as a connoisseur of popular culture I wanted to be a part of this event because it's from the last album that a large amount of people will listen to from beginning to end."

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of I Need A Doctor.
D♯Key
MajorMode
4/4Time Signature
156BPM

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Aftermath
© 2010 Interscope Records
℗ 2010 Interscope Records

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