Today In Hip-Hop: Dr. Dre and Eminem Release “Forgot About Dre”
On this day, Jan. 29, in hip-hop history…
2000: Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of Dr. Dre and Eminem's single, "Forgot About Dre." The Grammy-Award-winning single off Dre's second studio album, 2001, was the follow up to the single, "Still D.R.E" and served as a response to disses made by Deathrow Records CEO Suge Knight and his artists on 1999's Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000.
In his verse, Dr. Dre outlines his dominance in the rap world and argues that rap would be nothing without the West Coast artists he made famous. In his bars, Dre name-dropped Snoop Dogg and N.W.A's Eazy-E and Ice Cube, among others.
The music video for the track featured a funny skit in which Eminem is interviewed by a news reporter about a fire that Dre started. The visual would go on to win MTV's Video Music Award for Best Rap Video in 2000 while the song would win a Grammy for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Proof that conflict sells, the track charted at number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 7 on the U.K. Singles Charts in 2000. Eminem's explosive candor during his verse on "Forgot About Dre" was typical of his Slim Shady alter ego and helped raised his controversial notoriety.