Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jay-Z and Eminem make history at Yankee Stadium

It certainly lived up to the hype and then some.

Jay-Z and Eminem -- with a little help from some very talented friends -- rocked more than 42,000 rap fans at Yankee Stadium last night.

It was the first ever concert at the new stadium, and the rap superstars pulled out all the stops to make sure it did not disappoint.

Eminem kicked off the surprise guests onslaught by bringing out 50 Cent ("Patiently Waiting," "I Get Money, " "In the Club"), Lloyd Banks ("Beamer, Benz or Bentley") and Dr. Dre ("Still Dre," "Nothin' But a G Thang"). But Em didn't really need the guest spots. He delivered a strong performance as he did nearly everything in his repertoire - from the Slim Shady days to his current "Recovery" album. His boys from D12 even helped him out on some memorable tracks.

But this night was all about the homecoming for the king of rap -- Jay-Z.

And he certainly didn't mind sharing the spotlight on what many were calling one of the biggest night's in hip-hop history.

Jay-Z had just started his set when he brought out the explosive Kanye West. He joined Jay-Z on "Run This Town," "Power (remix)" and "Monster."

Of course, you couldn't do "Monster" without Nicki Minaj, who came out to a roaring ovation. The Queens native did her animated verse, and then she was off. But it was all we needed.

Beyonce also joined her hubby singing the chorus on "Forever Young" in a magical performance that stunned the crowd.

Chris Martin of Coldplay hit the stage singing the chorus on "Heart of the City," and then stuck around for "Clocks" and "Viva La Vida."

Drake joined Jay-Z on stage and performed "Miss Me," and couldn't leave without sharing his love for jailed rapper, Lil' Wayne. "Weezy, I love you with all my heart," he said after leading the crowd in chanting, "Free Weezy!"

Alicia Keys is sidelined by her pregnancy, and couldn't be there for Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." However, her husband and daddy-to-be, Swizz Beatz, was in the building and hit the stage with Jay for "On to the Next One."

The show included opening acts, B.o.B. (he received the distinguished honor of being the first artist to actually perform at Yankee Stadium) and St. John's University graduate, J.Cole ("Who Dat," "A Star Is Born").

Overall, it was an epic night that will go down in history. Not just because it was the first concert at Yankee Stadium, but because both artists showed the world that hip-hop is alive and well.

Tonight, they will conclude the "Home and Home" tour with their final performance at Yankee Stadium. The pair already rocked Comerica Park for two shows earlier this month.



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