Grammy-winning rapper Eminem has been in the music industry for over two decades. During this time, Em has worked with some of the biggest names in hip-hop, including his longtime friend, rapper and producer Dr. Dre.
Eminem and Dr. Dre go way back
Dr. Dre knew in the late 1990s that Eminem had the talent to become a superstar. After participating in the Rap Olympics competition, his 1997 EP The Slim Shady EP ended up in the hands of Interscope Records CEO Jimmy Iovine.
Iovine played Eminem’s music for Dre, and he made it his mission to work with Em on his rise to stardom. Em signed to Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment imprint and released his breakout albums The Slim Shady Album in 1999 and Marshall Mathers LP In 2000.
The following year, Eminem appeared in the music video for Dr. Dre’s song “Still DRE”, one of Dre’s calling cards to this day.
Eminem doesn’t remember being in the ‘Still DRE’ video
Even though “Still DRE” is one of Dre’s most recognizable songs today, Eminem doesn’t remember appearing in the music video two decades ago.
In an Instagram post promoting his new song with Snoop Dogg, “From the D 2 the LBC,” Eminem was confused when Snoop started asking about the “Still DRE” video.
“Was I in this video? he said. “Why the hell wouldn’t I remember? What is that ? You gotta show me that shit ’cause I can’t remember.
Soon Em was able to refresh his memory. “I don’t even know… Oh yeah!” he said after Snoop reminded him that he was chasing women on the beach in the video. “Okay, okay, now I remember. I remember now. For some reason, I was thinking about ‘Forgot About Dre’, like I was imagining my performance in it.
Eminem wasn’t the only high-profile musician to feature in the Hype Williams-directed video. Funkmaster Flex, Xzibit, and Warren G also appeared in the video.
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They played together in the 2022 Super Bowl
In 2022, Dre and Eminem’s friendship was on full display at the Super Bowl halftime show in Inglewood, California. Dre recruited some of the biggest names in hip-hop to join him during the show, including Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and Kendrick Lamar.
The Super Bowl ended up giving a boost to artists’ music sales – and in particular, “Still DRE” When the song was released in 2000, it peaked at No. 93 on the Billboard Hot 100; after the halftime show, it re-entered the rankings and peaked at No. 23.
Part of Eminem’s performance included part of him kneeling on the floor in an apparent tribute to Colin Kaepernick and his mistreatment at the hands of the NFL.
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