Jay-Z, Eminem take over Yankee Stadium
Published: Friday, October 1, 2010
Updated: Friday, October 1, 2010 23:10
Rap phenoms, Jay-Z and Eminem, made history after holding the first concert at the new Yankee Stadium.
The sold-out two-night event, which took place on Sept. 13 and 14, was a part of the "Home and Home" tour which gave both rappers a chance to perform in their home towns of Detroit and New York.
Both evenings were filled with surprises and several unexpected guest performances by some of hip-hops biggest names.
The evening kicked off with up-and-coming rapper, B.o.B, who got the crowd ready before Eminem took the stage. Fans got up and cheered as Eminem stepped on stage wearing his signature hat and hooded sweatshirt. The rapper kept fans on their feet as he performed a variety of songs off his latest album, "Relapse," as well as several of his greatest hits including, "The Real Slim Shady" and "My Name Is."
Some of the many surprises of the night included appearances by rappers 50 Cent, Dr. Dre, D12 and Lloyd Banks. The guests performed with Eminem as well as on their own. Eminem took a short break while 50 Cent and Dr. Dre took over with some of their own songs including 50 Cent's hit, "In Da Club." After Eminem continued performing, he thanked the crowd and his performance appeared to be over. Moments later he returned with an encore of the Oscar winning song, "Lose Yourself," ending with fireworks shooting above the stadium.
After a 10-minute countdown flashed across the big screen, fans waited anxiously for Jay-Z to come on stage. Jay-Z was right on time, wearing a black leather jacket and sunglasses. It wasn't long before rapper Kanye West joined Jay-Z on stage, wearing what appeared to be the same redsuit that he wore during his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. West stuck around for a while, performing duets with Jay-Z as well as some of his own hits including, "Good Life."
Throughout the night, numerous surprise guests continued to take the stage including female rapper Nicki Minaj, Drake, Swizz Beats, Mary J. Blige, and last but not least, Jay-Z's wife Beyonce. Although fans were excited for every guest, Jay-Z made sure to keep the crowd singing along to some of his most popular songs including, "Hard Knock Life" and "Empire State of Mind."
Four hours later at 1 a.m., Jay-Z said his goodbyes, wrapping up the historic, one-of-a-kind event.