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"Forgot About Dre" is a single from rapper Dr. Dre's album 2001, featuring vocals from rapper Eminem. The track reached No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, No. 14 on the U.S. R&B chart, No. 32 on the U.S. Pop chart, and No. 7 on the UK Singles Chart. Released as the album's second single on January 29, 2000,[1] like "Still D.R.E.", the song addresses Dre's critics in a defiant manner, as Dre announces his return to the hip-hop scene and reminds listeners of his significant influence on the genre. "Forgot About Dre" won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2001 Grammy Awards.[2]

"Forgot About Dre"
Dr. Dre feat. Eminem - Forgot about Dre.jpeg
Single by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem
from the album 2001
B-side"Still D.R.E."
ReleasedJanuary 29, 2000[1]
FormatCD
Recorded1999
Genre
Length3:42
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"Still D.R.E."
(1999)
"Forgot About Dre"
(2000)
"The Next Episode"
(2000)
Eminem singles chronology
"Dead Wrong"
(1999)
"Forgot About Dre"
(2000)
"The Real Slim Shady"
(2000)
Music video
"Forgot About Dre (Edited)" on YouTube
Audio sample

Contents

BackgroundEdit

The song is considered a response to diss tracks made by Death Row artists on Suge Knight Represents: Chronic 2000, a compilation released by Suge Knight which takes its title from Dre's 1992 album The Chronic. The line "Who you think brought you the oldies, Eazy-E's, Ice Cube's, and DOC's, the Snoop D.O. Double G's, and the group that said 'Motherfuck the police'?" outlines Dre's importance in the rap world, the theme of the song. Eminem's verse features the bizarre violence and aggression typical of his "Slim Shady" alter ego. In an interview, Kendrick Lamar stated this and Six-Two's verse from Xxplosive tied for the best verses in the 2001 album.[3]

Music videoEdit

In the music video, (directed by Philip Atwell) a few explicit lines in Eminem's verse are replaced with a skit in which Eminem is answering reporter Jane Yamamoto's questions about a fire he and Dre had started.[4] When the video ends, it switches over to "Last Dayz" by Hittman. This video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video in 2000.

Critical receptionEdit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic marked it as a stand-out track praising Eminem's unpredictability.[5] NME observed that the song "jogs (listeners') memories" as to Dre's accomplishments" and "(keeps) his legend simmering."[6] Chris Massey of PopMatters praised: "[...] it's the frantic rap of Eminem that truly stands out, perhaps only because he's the freshest voice on board."[7] Greg Tate of SPIN noted that Dr. Dre uses this song to "make sure all recognize his majesty", with Eminem "standing by him like a cartoon pitbull."[8]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Ceremony Award Result
2001 "Forgot About Dre" (with Eminem) Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group Won

Track listingEdit

UK CD single #1[9]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Forgot About Dre" (video version)3:42
2."Still D.R.E." (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
4:34
3."Forgot About Dre" (instrumental)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
3:42
4."Forgot About Dre" (explicit music video)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
3:45
Total length:15:42
UK CD single #2[10]
Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Forgot About Dre" (clean version)3:42
2."Still D.R.E." (featuring Snoop Dogg) (clean version)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
4:34
Total length:8:16
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Forgot About Dre" (instrumental)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
3:42
2."Forgot About Dre" (clean music video)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
3:45
Total length:7:27
12" vinyl[11]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Forgot About Dre" (director's cut video version)4:28
2."Forgot About Dre" (acappella version)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
3:36
3."Forgot About Dre" (instrumental)
  • Young
  • Bradford
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
3:42
4."The Next Episode" (instrumental) (featuring Snoop Dogg)
  • Dr. Dre
  • Mel-Man
2:41
Total length:14:27

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Platinum 600,000 

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Forgot About Dre: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Grammy awards winners list 2001". National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
  3. ^ "Forgot About Dre lyrics". AllMusic.
  4. ^ DrDreVEVO (July 19, 2010), Eminem, Dr. Dre – Forgot About Dre (Explicit) ft. Hittman, retrieved October 27, 2017
  5. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine (November 16, 1999). "2001 – Dr. Dre | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews – 2001". NME. November 18, 1999. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  7. ^ Massey, Chris. "Dr. Dre: 2001". PopMatters. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  8. ^ SPIN – Google Books. Books.google.com. Retrieved January 31, 2014.
  9. ^ "Forgot About Dre: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  10. ^ "Forgot About Dre [CD 2]: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Retrieved April 25, 2015.
  11. ^ "Dr. Dre – Forgot About Dre (Vinyl) at Discogs". discogs.
  12. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, Forgot About Dre" (in German). charts.de. Media Control Charts. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  13. ^ "Discography Eminem". irish-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  14. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 21, 2000". top40.nl. Dutch Top 40. Archived from the original (in Dutch) on August 22, 2011. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  15. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Eminem – Forgot About Dre". charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  16. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Eminem – Forgot About Dre". swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  17. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Eminem – Forgot About Dre" (in German). hitparade.ch. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  18. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  19. ^ "Dr Dre" (select "View Singles" tab). The Official Charts Company. Retrieved August 28, 2011.[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History: Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  21. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved July 31, 2011.
  22. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History: Pop Songs". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  23. ^ "Dr. Dre Album & Song Chart History: Rhythmic Top 40". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2011.
  24. ^ "Billboard Top 100 – 2000". Archived from the original on March 4, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2010.
  25. ^ "British single certifications – Eminem – My Name Is". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 31, 2017. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type My Name Is in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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