Dr. Dre inducts Eminem into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame | HipHopDX

Dr. Dre has welcomed his former protégé Eminem into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame with a speech that highlighted Em’s influence on the Rap game.

The induction ceremony for the Rock Hall’s Class of 2022 was held on Saturday night (November 5) and also saw Lionel Richie, Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam, Dolly Parton and the late Harry Belafonte recognized for their contributions to popular music.

Dr. Dre revisited the beginning of his relationship with Eminem, including the moment he learned from Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine that Em was white, which “totally fucked [him] up.”

“Over 20 years ago, Jimmy Iovine, who is also one of tonight’s inductees and one of my best friends, played me a demo tape from a guy who called himself Eminem,” said Dre. “The first thing I said when I heard it was, ‘what the hell – did he just say that?’ I loved it so much I couldn’t stop listening to it.

“A few days later, Jimmy called me and said, ‘You know he’s a white guy, right?’ F—ed me up!” The Aftermath mogul continued. “Looking back, I don’t know why that didn’t occur to me. He certainly didn’t sound like a black rapper, especially because of what he said. I guess it was my ignorance at the time that I thought , that if you’re a really good rapper, you gotta be black.”

After acknowledging how the three of them all banked on each other to bring Em’s career to life, Dre went on to praise Eminem for the way his music “brought Hip Hop to Middle America” ​​and “forced us to confront our prejudices .”

The two then shared the stage to perform a medley of hits including “My Name Is” and “Rap God.”

Eminem also brought in Steve Tyler to provide a live rendition of the Aerosmith sample that appears on “Sing For The Moment”. He also recruited Ed Sheeran and Elton John to support him in delivering “Stan”, “Forever” and “Not Afraid”.

After the energetic performance, Slim Shady returned to the stage for his acceptance speech, humbly telling the crowd that he “wasn’t supposed to be here tonight.”

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“One, I’m a rapper; two, I almost died of an overdose; and three, I really had to fight my way through,” he explained. “I’m a high school dropout with a hip-hop education.”

Eminem also took the opportunity to thank a list of close to 100 artists who shaped his career, including LL Cool J and Run DMCwhose Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremonies he also attended.

“They say success has many fathers, and that’s definitely true for me,” Eminem said. “So whatever my influence has been on Hip-Hop music, I never would have or could have done this s–t without some of the seminal artists that I’m about to mention right now.

He continued, “And this is a list man, I put this list together yesterday. And I kept adding to s–t, adding to s–t, and if I forget someone, I’m sorry. But these were mine teachers right here:”

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2022 induction ceremony will air on HBO on November 19. Click here to read Dr. Dre and Eminem’s speech in full.

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