The Watcher (song)

"The Watcher" is a song by American hip hop recording artist Dr. Dre from his second studio album 2001. It was released as the fourth and final single from the album in France on February 27, 2001. "The Watcher" features vocals from rappers Eminem and Knoc-turn'al, who sing the hook. The song talks about Dre's rap career and what he's been through. It also mentions former N.W.A bandmate Eazy-E & his death.

"The Watcher"
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Single by Dr. Dre
from the album 2001
ReleasedFebruary 27, 2001 (2001-02-27)
StudioLarrabee Sound Studios
(West Hollywood, California)
Dr. Dre singles chronology
"The Next Episode"
"The Watcher"
"Bad Intentions"

Rapper Jay-Z would later release a sequel titled "The Watcher 2" on his 2002 album The Blueprint 2: The Gift & The Curse. Jay-Z's version was produced by Dr. Dre and featured vocals from Rakim and Truth Hurts.

A year later in 2003, Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg would release another version called "The Watcher Pt. 3" on the mixtape DJ Jam presents WBALLZ 187.4 FM Vol. 1 [1]

The track on the B-side "Bad Guys Always Die" originally appeared on the soundtrack to the 1999 Will Smith film Wild Wild West.

One of Dr. Dre's lines was later interpolated as the chorus for Hello (Ice Cube song).

Track listingEdit

CD single (France)[2]
1."The Watcher"3:26
2."Bad Guys Always Die" (with Eminem)
  • Young
  • Mathers
  • Dr. Dre
Total length:8:04


Chart (2002) Peak
France (SNEP)[3] 47


  1. ^ "DJ Jam Presents Various – WBALLZ 187.4 FM Vol. 1". Discogs. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Watcher: Dr. Dre, Eminem" (in French). Amazon (FRA). Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ " – Dr. Dre – The Watcher" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved October 14, 2013.