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The Marin Center Is In Dr. Dre’s New Video

Posted by Gabe Meline on Feb 24, 2011 | Comments (3)

Dr. Dre’s new song might be terrible, but what’s that in the video at about 2:18?

Anyone who lives in the North Bay would recognize it—the Marin Center, right off Highway 101 in San Rafael.

I doubt that when Frank Lloyd Wright designed the building, he ever imagined it’d be used to depict a secret laboratory where a deathbed 46-year-old hip-hop icon from N.W.A. is brought back to life by a lot of incessant rapping by Eminem.

If you watch the whole thing, beware: the obsequious and very long “guest appearance” of Eminem actually takes up most of the song. Also, product placement is rampant—Ferrari, iPad, Hewlett-Packard, Gatorade, and HP’s Envy 15 laptop with Dr. Dre’s own “Beats” logo.

Nevertheless . . . it’s the Marin Center! Next time you get dragged there to pay a speeding ticket or to see the Peking Acrobats, at least you can pass the time thinking of this very tiny cameo amidst hip-hop royalty.

Watch it if you dare:


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  1. jamie
    February 24, 2011

    dude, i did some hard time in the jail there, underground tunnels and all. it was plush, like an indoor motel/library with a nice little sport court and tv’s etc. the jail was just south of the building shown and they had tunnels that lead you to the courtrooms. it was all very futuristic and weird. i’m not proud of my stay but it was quite an experience. good eye.

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  2. David Sason
    February 25, 2011

    He must have liked Gattaca.

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  3. veronica
    March 16, 2011

    “who the f**k would recognize the civic center in san rafael?” — “P.S.- we spent all of our money on the car and crashing it….”

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