Eminem Honors Dr. Dre At WSJ Innovator Awards

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After shooting his music video for “Guts Over Fear” in Detroit, Eminem made a surprise appearance at Wall Street Journal Magazine‘s fourth annual Innovator Awards at the Museum of Moden Art in New York on Wednesday (Nov. 5).

The rapper honored two very important people in his life: Dr. Dre (born Andre Young) and Interscope Records’ CEO Jimmy Iovine. Both were recognized for their years of entrepreneurship and influence across the arts, fashion, technology, food industries and more.

Dre co-founded Beats with Iovine, which was purchased by Apple for $3 billion. With their earnings from the sale, the dynamic duo bankrolled a $70 million donation and launched the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy. The new school of higher education is devoted to arts, technology and innovation at the University of Southern California.

“Dre and Jimmy are like a force of nature,” Eminem read off notecards. “As an example of how powerful they are, they had me fly here all the way from Detroit to speak publicly, and I really hate public speaking.”

Iovine was the man to play Em’s Slim Shady EP for Dre in 1997… and the rest is history.

“They saw my potential,” Eminem said.

Slim Shady is still on the prowl as he gears up to release his double-disc album ShadyXV on Nov. 24, featuring Slaughterhouse, 50 Cent, Big Sean and more.

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