News: Eminem & Jay-Z Add Southern Hospitality To Detroit Show

Wednesday, Sep 1, 2010 11:20AM

Written by Rosario Harper

Grammy-winning rappers Eminem and Jay-Z have reportedly enlisted Southern rapper B.o.B. to to help kick-off their Detroit concerts this week.

According to reports, the Grand Hustle newcomer will be the opening act starting tomorrow night.

Atlanta rapper B.o.B has been tapped as the opening act for the highly-anticipated concerts at Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers. The gig featuring two big rappers Eminem and Jay-Z is going to be held for two days, September 2 and 3. The Slim Shady is gearing up to visit his hometown, already doing some rehearsals. The "Recovery" MC wrote on his rarely-updated Twitter page, "Just finished rehearsal. They opened up more seats for Detroit shows on sale tomorrow morn 10am! See you there." (Peace FM News)

Yesterday, long-time Eminem associate Royce Da 5'9 told SOHH he would be in town for at least one of the Detroit shows.

"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)

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)

Check out Eminem performing his B.o.B. "Airplanes" collaboration down below:

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