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"I Need a Doctor" (CD single)

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Some swearing, but not as violent as other rap songs.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

This song offers a positive message about trying to help and support a struggling friend.

Positive role models

Mixed; this song celebrates supporting friends, but neither Dr. Dre nor Eminem would be considered a typically positive role model.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex
Not applicable
Language

A fair amount of profanity, including "f--k," "s--t," and homosexual slurs.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that "I Need a Doctor" is a bit less mature than the typical rap song, containing no violence, sexual references, or allusions to substance use. That said, it does have a solid helping of swear words (including "f--k"), which parents won't want their younger kids to hear.

What's the story?

I NEED A DOCTOR is the second single off what rapper Dr. Dre has said will be his final album, Detox. The song is told mostly from the point of view of Dre protege Eminem, who attempts to help his mentor through hard times by imploring Dre to believe in himself: "See this light in you? It's dark / Let me turn on the lights and brighten me and enlighten you."
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Is it any good?

QUALITY

Combine two of the biggest rappers of all time and throw in haunting guest vocals from Skylar Gray, and you have the recipe for a hit song. Eminem's delivery is as breathtaking as ever, and Dre's powerful rhymes demonstrate how he earned his rep. Against an arrestingly methodical beat, these performances linger in your thoughts long after they're over.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether it's a good idea for an artist to use a song to get a very personal message across, as Eminem does here. 

  • This song is less violent than most rap songs; does the lack of intense imagery make the song stronger?

  • Is the profanity necessary? Why does so much rap music contain graphic language?

Music details

Artists:Dr. Dre, Eminem
Release date:January 25, 2011
Label:Aftermath
Genre:Rap
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Teen, 13 years old Written byTheProdigy November 17, 2015

buy tha clean verzion 4 ur kidz.

Parents need to know that "I Need a Doctor" is a bit less mature than the typical rap song, containing no violence, sexual references, or allusions to substance use. That said, it does have a solid helping of swear words (including "f--k"), which parents won't want their younger kids to hear.
Kid, 12 years old January 17, 2016

This song is amazing

wow I really love this song. It is one of my favorites. I can relate to it directly.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old August 28, 2015

Eminem tells how he feels about Dr.Dre

there is some uses of F*** F**king S*** and D*** but not as bad as Eminems usual language use. there is some sad thematic messages though. this is great though! i rate it PG-12 Brief strong language and thematic messages
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing

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