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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: (L-R) Eminem, Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine attend WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at Museum of Modern Art on November 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Detroit rapper Eminem, who had enough struggles trying to attack the scene for being a white MC, becomes a big name, and The Defiant Ones shows the behind the scenes moments. 

A good chunk of the 3rd episode of The Defiant Ones shows the beginning of Eminem’s career, and he jokes that he was so nervous that he was soiling himself once he met Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine.

There’s old footage of Eminem during rap battles, and he talks about how he invited Eminem to his studio in his house, and how he put a sample together, which ended up being the drum beats for “My Name Is.”

Eminem began recording, and Em had an arsenal of raps, and you see both Dre and Eminem talking about their memories, and you can see how happy they are that they found each other and created these songs, because they both found that they were creating, as Dre says, “F****** magic.”

“My gut told me that Eminem was the artist that I’m supposed to be working with right now, ” says Dre. But he then said “But I didn’t know how many racists I had around me.”

Obviously, one of the things that Eminem had to overcome was haters because he was blonde hair and blue eyed. Eminem had just been evicted, and they became friends because of the things they both were going through. Even Jimmy felt that Eminem was clever, and trusted Dre to know if Eminem was worth the risk.

In 1999, Eminem won for “My Name Is,” and later on, created a pathway for 50 Cent as his protege, just like Dre did for Eminem.  Em also said that he owes Dre his life.


To check out the full footage, you can check out the 3rd Episode of The Defiant Ones for free, by signing up for the HBO Now App which you can download on iTunes or Google Play.


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