‘I Need a Doctor’ is the best song I’ve heard this year by far. It’s an utterly brilliant beat which contains two verses by Eminem, in which he gives thanks to Dr. Dre for believing in him:
‘You risked your career for me, I know it as well as you.
Nobody wanted to f*ck with a white boy, Dre I’m cryin’ in this booth.’
Eminem gives a beautiful account of how Dre was the only person who believed in him, as a white rapper, and how he risked his career to get him into the industry. He also gives his account of how the two gradually slipped away from each other, and how he now wants Dre back as he comes toward the end of his career. The closing lines of the song are particularly haunting:
‘One more CD then i’m packin’ up my bags.
And as I’m leavin’ I guarantee they’ll scream, “Dre don’t leave us like that man”
The album will be called Detox, and will surely be Dre’s finest, if this song is anything to go by. The song is also produced by Alex da Kid, a UK based producer who has given this song the most incredible beat and drums; he’s also produced the excellent ‘Airplanes’ by B.O.B and Hayley Williams. Dre’s final verse is nostalgic, and reflects on some of his experiences in the industry. It really makes him look like the ‘old master’ of rap, which he is, of course.