A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What 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.
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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."
Is it any good?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?
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