"Medicine Man"
Song by Dr. Dre featuring Eminem, Candice Pillay and Anderson .Paak
from the album Compton
ReleasedAugust 7, 2015
Recorded2010-2015
Studio
GenreHip hop
Length4:14
Label
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)

"Medicine Man" is a song by American rapper-producer Dr. Dre from his third studio album Compton. It was released as the album's fifteenth track on August 7, 2015 via Aftermath/Interscope Records along with the rest of the album. Recording sessions took place at Record One in Sherman Oaks and at Effigy Studios in Michigan. Produced by Dem Jointz and Focus..., the song features vocals from American rapper Eminem, South African singer Candice Pillay, and American recording artist Anderson .Paak, with additional vocals from Sly Jordan.[1]

Despite never being released as a single, the song has managed to reach number 121 in French and the US chart, as well as number 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Composition

The song begins with a skit performed by Anderson .Paak and Dr. Dre. Candice Pillay performs the intro to the song, as well as the hook. Dr. Dre performs the first verse. Anderson .Paak performs the bridge. Eminem raps the second verse and also screams "Fuck!" at the end of the song.

In Eminem's verse, the word rape is censored when he raps, "I even make the bitches I [rape] cum."

Live performances

Along with "Chloraseptic" remix and "Framed", the song made its live debut at Eminem's Coachella performance on April 15, 2018.[2] The song was placed on most setlists for Em's the Revival Tour.[3]

Reception

In his album review for Comption, Del F. Cowie of Exclaim! called Eminem's verse, as well as Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, The Game and Xzibit's contributions to the project, one of his "best performances in recent memory".[4]

Controversy

The song received controversy over Eminem's line, "I even make the bitches I rape cum". Karen Ingala Smith, chief executive of the London-based charity Nia Project, said, “Women and girls who have suffered sexual violence often blame themselves or question whether they were really raped. Peddling the lie that orgasm equals consent silences victims of sexual violence”.[5]

Charts

Chart (2017) Peak
position
France (SNEP)[6] 121
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[7] 21
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[8] 40
US R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[9] 18
US Rap Digital Song Sales (Billboard)[10] 14

References

  1. ^ "Medicine Man feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak". www.drdre.com. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  2. ^ "Eminem Concert Setlist at 2018 Coachella Festival on April 15, 2018". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  3. ^ "Eminem Average Setlists of tour: Revival Tour". www.setlist.fm. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Cowie, Del F. (August 12, 2015). "Dr. Dre Compton". Exclaim!. Retrieved August 4, 2018.
  5. ^ "Eminem criticised over rape lyric on Dr Dre's Compton". The Guardian. August 7, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  6. ^ "Dr. Dre feat. Eminem, Candice Pillay & Anderson .Paak – Medicine Man" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  7. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  8. ^ "Dr. Dre Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "Candice Pillay Chart History (R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. August 29, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  10. ^ "Candice Pillay Chart History (Rap Digital Song Sales)". Billboard. August 29, 2015. Retrieved March 14, 2021.