News: Eminem & Lil Wayne Pull Off One Night Stand Down Under
Sunday, Sep 4, 2011 7:00AM
Grammy-winning rappers Eminem and Lil Wayne have decided to link up for a one-night only concert right after the Thanksgiving holiday in Australia.
Details on the one-night, six-hour extravangza emerged online this weekend.
A DECADE after his first and only tour of Australia, when he was nearly stopped from entering the country, US rap megastar Eminem is heading our way to play Sydney and Melbourne. Tour promoter Paul Dainty says the former bad boy has changed his ways since 2001, when then immigration minister Philip Ruddock warned him to behave or risk being deported. Dainty predicts demand for tickets will be stronger than the 50,000 crowd capacity in each city allows for, with Eminem, 38, booked to play the Sydney Football Stadium on December 2. (News AU)
The tour's promoter has already confirmed the date is legit.
Promoter Paul Dainty says he expects no trouble from the headline rappers with rap sheets. "It's all very professional and there are no problems," Mr Dainty said. "We are in a different space with Eminem than we were 10 years ago. He's crossed over to the mainstream and become a pop-culture icon." (Herald Sun)
In 2009, Em credited Weezy for inspiring his music comeback after battling drug addiction.
"I wasn't ready to give up drugs," Em explained. "I didn't really think I had a problem...I felt like I wanted to pull back, because my drug problem had got so bad. I felt like, maybe if I take a break, maybe this will help. I started to get into the producer role more...I stayed up on the music...and without naming any name, it just felt like hip-hop was going downhill...But with this new T.I. album, with this new Lil Wayne album of recent, it seems like things are looking a lot better now. You can appreciate Lil Wayne using different words to rhyme and actually rhyming words that you know. Or T.I., where you hear sh*t and you're like Whoa, ah, I wish I would have thought of that! You know what I mean? Or you hear all the compound-syllable rhyming and all that. It just seems like now the craft is getting cared about more." (XXL Magazine)
As of now, Em's joint album, Hell: The Sequel, has sold nearly 500,000 copies since its early summer release.
Grammy-winning rapper Eminem and Royce Da 5'9's Hell: The Sequel dropped two slots to No. 15 with 18,000. With 11 weeks knocked out, their new joint effort has moved 481,000 records. (SOHH Sales Wrap)
Check out some recent Eminem footage below: