Both remember a sense of awe during the initial encounter: For Eminem, it was meeting one of his idols. For Dre, it was seeing his new protégé show up in a bright yellow sweatsuit.
Eminem said about the encounter, “I’m looking at Dre like, ‘Dude I see you on TV all the time – you one of my biggest influences in life.'”
Later the two would go on to hit the recording studio where Dre played Em some beats he had been working on. The first was a beat featuring a sample of Labi Siffre’s 1975 song, “I Got The…” and just moments after pressing play, Eminem began spitting the hook for what would become his 1999 breakout single, “My Name Is.”
Check out the beginning of Slim Shady’s career below.
The Defiant Ones chronicles the varied and intersecting careers of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. The series premiered July 9th and its last episode will air tonight (July 12th).