Dr. Dre & Eminem’s New Song Is The Truth
Today (December 15), new Dr. Dre music appears in the online video game, Grand Theft Auto Online: The Contract. Dre plays himself in the GTA extension, with Anderson .Paak and other cohorts in the mix. Members of the Aftermath Entertainment family and Dre affiliates Snoop Dogg, Busta Rhymes, and others supply the soundtrack to the celebrated game franchise.
Fans outside of the games that pay instantly to cash app get to hear some of this new music. Dre and Eminem link up for “Gospel,” approaching 25 years since the two men first crossed paths. The song also features The D.O.C., who like Em, is considered one of the doctor’s greatest lyrical pupils. The track comes after reports that The D.O.C., who has written for Dre, Snoop Dogg, and others, would be making a return to music.
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In his opening verse, Dr. Dre addresses a year that featured health hurdles and a very high-profile (and recently finalized) divorce: “Feelin’ like I’m just gettin’ started / Two shots back for my dearly departed / You are now dеalin’ with a monster / Boss sh*t, profits / Doc Dre, b*tch, I’m a prophet / Black Wall Street, ni**as know whеre the stock is / Try me, ni**as never see me, but it ain’t hard to find me / Unwinding, sh*t’s blinding, still grinding, up rising / Stop talking ’bout the past, I’m the future, ni**a / Ni**a like me, still here, motherf*cker, go figure.” Dre feels and sounds recharged as he is on course to make new history. He also may be signaling a mid-2022 takeover, too: “This summer here gon’ be colder than winter / Already told you, I fold you like hundreds of billions / And you can go missing, put that on my children / Bet that, ni**a, what? Regret that, run it up / Heh, and I’m about to sum it up / This sh*t here that problem, livin’ at the bottom of a bottle.” The last bar may be one referring to sobriety, or a new outlook from a 35-plus-year Hip-Hop veteran.
The D.O.C. assists Dre in the chorus, with the Dallas, Texas O.G. kicking some rhythm to his delivery. Then Eminem enters with his trademark brand of humor and hubris. “Like a satanic cult / It’s an old ritual slaughtering GOATS, b*tch / You’re f*cking with the original, flow’s sick / And anybody can get it, COVID / I done wrote sh*t that was so sharp I could slit my own f*cking throat with it / So rich, I got more chips than my shoulders / And I’m about as approachable as a roach is / Yeah, so better steer clear from him / Here comes a nuclear bomb for your eardrums / Lyricism at its most fearsome and fierce / We are on another tier like a tear duct’s upper echelon / Your career sucked, it was sheer luck, like what? / Like a f*ckin’ leprechaun with its beard cut.” Em then uses some canine wordplay: “Me and Dre are like dog hair / We’re both in our lab coats like retrievers / But, like a doberman, I’m a whole different breed of animal / Mutt mixed with a overachiever / Oh, you’re the king of Rap? You’re ’bout to be overthrown / Like a pass over the head of an open receiver / At least you can end up comin’ to blows like a wiener.” Marshall includes his latest MGK jab too, with “Know what I’m in is flow, interwoven, I treat ’em like thread (Why?) / That’s how I wound up sewin’ Machine up.“
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According to frequent Aftermath insider Chad Kiser, other Dre- songs in the game include “The Scenic Route,” with Rick Ross and Anderson .Paak, “Fallin’ Up” featuring Marsha Ambrosius, “ETA,” alongside Anderson .Paak, Snoop Dogg, and Busta Rhymes (which Heads heard a bit of last week), “Diamond Mind” with Nipsey Hussle, and Ty Dolla $ign, and “Black Privilege.” Earlier this week, Dre and Marsha each confirmed an upcoming album between the long-time collaborators.
In early 2022 (February 13), Dr. Dre will join Snoop, Kendrick Lamar, Mary J. Blige, and Eminem to perform for the Super Bowl Halftime Show. A recent episode of Ambrosia For Heads‘ What’s The Headline podcast unpacked the news:
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Dre also recently introduced LL Cool J at the Def Jam OG’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.