Yesterday, while playing pool at a local bar, Eminem’s Without Me came through the speakers.
Cue flashbacks of the rapper beating up Moby, and we were soon chatting about how no one really uses amusement as social commentary in music videos anymore.
But where did Eminem’s introduction to the world begin? With Dr. Dre, of course.
In a new HBO docu-series, The Defiant Ones, the two sit down and discuss the discovery of Eminem, reports XXL Mag:
In the clip, Eminem discusses what it was like to meet up with Dre for the first time, and how he got to show some of his fandom by praising him as one of his “biggest influences ever in life.”
“I’m looking at Dre like, ‘Dude I see you on TV like all the time. You one of my biggest influences ever in life,’” Eminem says.
It’s a very cute recollection, especially when they chat about how The Real Slim Shady came to be:
Dre then continues the commentary, detailing their first session in the studio together, where they met at the super producer’s home studio at the time. That first time working together actually brewed up one of Eminem’s most classic hit records.
The beat played for Em turned out to be “My Name Is,” which became a major success in the music world. Dre continues to describe the session for the track, stating that Em came up with the famous hook for the record within the first few seconds of hearing the beat.
“And I hit the drum machine, and maybe two or three seconds went by and he just went, ‘Hi! My name is… my name is…’ Like, ‘Yo! Stop.’ Shit’s hot. That’s what happened our first day in the first few minutes of us being in the studio.”
Adorable, ne? Wait ’til you see it:
The four-part documentary examines the partnership between Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre – one the son of a Brooklyn longshoreman, the other straight out of Compton – and their leading roles in a chain of transformative events in contemporary culture.
With the first episode released on July 10, the full series should be available tomorrow.
And it seems the partnership between Eminem and Dr. Dre just might still live on: there are reports that the two are working on Eminem’s next album.
In the meantime, here’s a photograph of Eminem eating some M&Ms: