Eminem Addresses The Lack Of Dr. Dre Beats On Revival (Audio)
In mid-2017, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine released documentary The Defiant Ones. One of the focal points in the parallel documentaries on the two music producers, onetime label heads, and business partners is Eminem. Twenty years ago, Iovine handed Dre a cassette tape of Eminem’s Rap Olympics battle performance and suggested a new act for the fledgling Aftermath Entertainment. By early 1999, Dre had his greatest protégé since Snoop Dogg. The best-selling Rap artist of all time would go from underground hunger pains following the release of 1996’s Infinite to a platinum superstar. In the HBO doc, Dre and Em’ recall making breakout single “My Name Is” moments after meeting. A game-changing Top 40 hit was born.
Dre and Eminem found an instant kinship that reportedly has worked in and out of the studio. Eminem’s loyalty to Dre and Aftermath rival practically any run in Rap, short of LL Cool J’s 24-year Def Jam Records tenure. A decade after “My Name Is,” the pair had their first tandem #1 with “Crack A Bottle.” In many of their collaborations, they’ve worked together at the boards, or Dre has shared responsibilities (and credit) with a host of Aftermath’s cast of producers. However, in the 2010s, the master and star pupil have not worked together as much as some may realize.
The Slim Shady LP (1999) – 3 Dr. Dre production credits
Marshall Mathers LP (2000) – 6 Dr. Dre production credits
The Eminem Show (2002) – 3 Dr. Dre production credits
Encore (2004) – 8 Dr. Dre production credits
Relapse (2009) – 18 Dr. Dre production credits
Recovery (2010) – 1 Dr. Dre production credit (and 1 additional on iTunes edition)
The Marshall Mathers LP2 (2013) – 0 Dr. Dre production credits
Revival (2017) – 1 Dr. Dre production credit
The newly released Revival is the eighth Eminem album to have Dr. Dre’s executive producer credit. But where are those beats? Heads heard 26 seconds of the rapper on a Dre track for the “Remind Me” interlude. That’s exactly what DJ Whoo Kid asked during the release-day (December 15) “fireside chat” on Shade 45.
“It’s always the same with me and [Dr.] Dre. Over the years, I think we’ve really probably become close friends. So I would never look at it any [way] other than that.” Eminem begins. “The last probably year or so is when things started to come together and connect. I know Dre was…he was taking a break. I knew that he was taking some time off so I couldn’t really hit him up for some beats. So I kind of just kept going with what I’m doing. Then I came to him at the last [stage], when the album was pretty much almost finished. We had the discussion that if he didn’t do a beat on the album, could he at least mix. Because he’s not only the best beat-maker in the world to me, but he’s also the best mixer. Hands down. Like, I don’t know what he does on the boards [or] how he does it, ’cause I’ve stole’ all his tricks, and I still can’t make it sound like he makes it sound. It’s incredible.” On Revival, Dre mixed “Remind Me” and “Heat,” both Rick Rubin productions.
Eminem, along with manager Paul Rosenberg, says that Dre helped “sort through the songs.” Eminem adds, “I love to play my stuff for Dre because I’m gonna get an honest reaction every single time, and Dre’s gonna tell me if something sucks.”
Back in 2015, Em’s “Medicine Man” Compton appearance is produced by Focus… and Dem Jointz. It appears to have been since the top of the decade that Rap got a full Em’ and Dre MC/producer collaboration.
Ice Cube, Snoop, 50 Cent, The Game, and can relate to Dre production droughts at various career points—despite attempts to get in the studio. For now, Heads get 26 seconds of music to hold onto