Eminem Revives Dr. Dre in 'I Need a Doctor' Video
At 7:31, the Allan Hughes-directed clip for "Doctor" features a narrative arc, as Dre's life and musical past flashes before his eyes right before he is involved in a spectacular car crash on a freeway. "Years later," medical doctors are still examining the comatose rapper while Eminem makes a verbal plea to revitalize his hip-hop boss. "You're supposed to be my f--king mentor/I can endure, no more and demand that you remember who you are," Em raps to Dre, who is floating unconscious in a water-filled tube.
Dr. Dre eventually works himself back into fighting form during his verse, and the end of the clip features an emotional twist as the rapper visits the gravestone of former N.W.A. partner Eric "Eazy E" Wright. Skylar Grey, who performed "I Need a Doctor" with the pair of rappers at the Grammy Awards, appears as a ghostly figure in the video to sing the hook.
If the "I Need a Doctor" video is an extended metaphor for Dr. Dre regaining his strength in the hip-hop community after years of dormancy, fans are getting the message loud and clear: the second single from Dre's long-awaited "Detox" album jumps 28 spots to No. 4 on this week's Hot 100.