On this day, exactly 5 years ago (February 1, 2011) Dr. Dre released “I Need A Doctor” featuring Eminem and Skylar Grey, produced by Alex da Kid.
Even though the song was leaked onto the Internet several months in advance of its release, it became a significant commercial success on its official release, particularly in the United States. It debuted at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 with sales of 226,000 and it peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Dr. Dre’s second highest peaking song on the chart ever, and also peaking in the upper regions of many national charts. As of October 2011, it has sold over 2,206,000 digital copies in the United States alone. This makes it Dr. Dre’s first song to reach this point.
On November 30, 2011, “I Need a Doctor” was nominated for the Grammy Awards for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration and Best Rap Song, both of which Kanye West won for his single “All of the Lights” from My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.