Exclusive: Royce Da 5'9 Amped For Eminem & Jay-Z, "I Wouldn't Miss That For The World!"
Tuesday, Aug 31, 2010 2:55PM
Slaughterhouse's Royce Da 5'9 has told SOHH he will be one of many fans at this week's Eminem and Jay-Z concerts in Detroit.
Breaking the news to SOHH, Royce explained why this is one showcase he cannot miss.
"I wouldn't miss that [Detroit] show for the world!," Royce informed SOHH via a Twitter statement. "The two greatest rappers of our time. (Arguably)." (SOHH)
According to recent reports, their concerts, which kick-off later this week, were strategically scheduled.
First on the list: nailing down a window that fit the baseball schedule, while accommodating the show's unique needs as a one-off event rather than a full-length tour. "The production is very, very complicated, a lot of moving parts, because it's only the four shows," says production director Dan Parise. Work began several weeks before the May announcement. World-renowned lighting and scene designers were enlisted, and at Live Nation's New York office, specialists dove into 15-hour days, crafting stage renderings and configuring logistics. (Detroit Free Press)
Due to scheduling conflicts, plans to extend the concerts were nixed.
"We probably could have done four dates (at Comerica Park), but the schedule just didn't work out," said Dana Warg, president of Olympia Entertainment, which operates Comerica Park in Detroit. "The way we announced it nationally on ESPN and Fox, with the artists in town, certainly helped the exposure. We have them coming from all around for this show, and I think it will have a huge economic impact in Detroit." (UPI News)
During his shows, Eminem will be supported by a live band.
Eminem will be going the live band route for his four-date tour with Jay-Z. Eminem will be performing with a live band for his much-discussed, four-show tour with Jay-Z. While Eminem is certainly no stranger to using live instrumentation in his performances (the rapper had The Roots back him for his live rendition of "Lose Yourself" at the Grammy Awards). (Hip Hop DX)
Despite having a past beef, Eminem and Royce Da 5'9 are working to get Slaughterhouse signed to Shady Records.
"I'm probably gonna go through this album cycle with everything that I got to do with this and then when I get back home, probably jump back in the studio with [D12] and do some things with Slaughterhouse and just keep making music," Em said in an interview. "[Me and Royce back together,] that sh*t is cool. It's very cool, it's good that we were able to work things out and just talk it out. I think after we lost Proof we realized how stupid this beef sh*t is. It was a serious wake-up call, man, and realizing that life's short. It feels good to be back in touch with the homie. When I rhyme with Royce, I always gotta step it up because Royce is f*cking ill. He's one of the illest lyricists to me, out, period." ("The All Out Show")
The Eminem and Jay-Z Detroit show kicks off Thursday, September 2nd from Tigers Stadium.
Check out Eminem speaking on Royce Da 5'9 below: