On this day, exactly 17 years ago (January 29, 2000), Dr. Dre released Grammy Award-winning single “Forgot About Dre,” featuring Eminem, off his second studio 2001.
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, 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. The song also entered into the top charts in Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden and Switzerland.
The song received positive reviews from critics. 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.” Greg Tate of SPIN magazine noted that Dr. Dre uses this song to make sure all recognize his “majesty” with Eminem standing by him like a cartoon pitbull.
“Forgot About Dre” won Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group at the 2001 Grammy Awards. The music video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Rap Video in 2000.
Parts of the song are sampled in rapper Meek Mill’s song “Ooh Kill Em”.
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