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Dr. Dre Reunites With Eminem on Latest 'Detox' Leak

"I Need A Doctor" is a dark track that recalls "Love The Way You Lie"

November 17, 2010 4:21 PM ET

"I Need A Doctor," which features Dr. Dre's former protege Eminem seemingly begging him to return to the limelight, is the second Dre song to appear online today. Earlier DrDre.com launched with a final mix of "Kush," which is supposed to be the first single from the producer/rapper's long-in-the-works album, Detox.

"I Need A Doctor" was produced by the British-born beatmaker Alex Da Kid; songwriter Skylar Grey provides the hook. It's a mournful, dramatic track that recalls Eminem's earlier efforts "Stan" and "Love The Way You Lie," which is appropriate given that Eminem is the lead for the song's first two verses.

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Eminem seems to be coaxing his mentor back from the brink during the first two verses, saying that he appreciates how Dre took a chance on him way back when and that Dre's current state is bringing him to tears. This sets up Dre's triumphant return on the third verse, on which he vows to take on anyone who questions his place at the summit of hip-hop (although his use of the pejorative "faggot" sticks out in a somewhat wince-worthy way).

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Meanwhile, the officially released Snoop Dogg and Akon-assisted ode to toking "Kush," which can be heard at Dr. Dre's official site, melds the dark production style of Dre with the slicker sounds of Akon and Snoop's inimitable rapping.

In other Dr. Dre news, up-and-coming MC J. Cole told Rap-Up.com that the two had worked on a collaboration together, but he was mum on the details of what the two had brewed up. "I will tell you he's incredible, absolutely incredible," Cole told Rap-Up. "He has life-changing music."

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