Dr. Dre recently spoke on the earlier days of his career when he first started working with Eminem. Dre touched on the topic of race and choosing to work with a White rapper in the late 1990’s, and the chemistry they had from the jump.
According to Dre, the two had undeniable chemistry in the studio when they first linked up before Eminem’s “The Slim Shady LP” which dropped in 1999.
“The race factor was just a minuscule part of what I was doing with Eminem. It was really about the music and how well we worked together. When me and Marshall got in the studio, it instantly clicked. I put the track on, we had a little bit of idle chitchat, I put on the beat, and maybe five seconds in–I swear to God–he goes, “Hi, my name is.” That was it. And it’s still clicking. There’s something about our thing that’s just magical.” (Esquire)
Em recently explained how working with super producer Rick Rubin reminded him of when he was working with Dre.
“I’ve always been a fan of Rick. My manager Paul [Rosenberg] had been talking to him and Rick had expressed that he had interest in working with me. When Paul brought it to my attention, I was like super excited, just honored at the fact that he was even thinking about it. I had my reservations just because I felt like, I’m a super fan of Rick, so I’d probably be a little nervous. I don’t know what the vibe would be just because I would be wanting to impress him, so it was very much kind of like the feeling I got early on with [Dr.] Dre. I hadn’t met him [before this]. I’d never had met him. I was nervous to meet him and even more nervous to work with him.” (BBC Radio 1)