Kanye West, Nicki Minaj Help Jay-Z & Eminem “Light Up” Yankee Stadium [VIDEO]
After two memorable performances in Detroit, Jay-Z and Eminem’s Home & Home Tour had a lot to live up to when it landed in New York for the first of its final two shows last night (September 13). Not surprisingly, though, the night ultimately proved to be similarly unforgettable, behind lengthy sets from both Em and Jay, a slew of guest appearances and highlighted by the first ever live performances of “Power (Remix),” “Monster,” and “Light Up.” [Watch Below]
Jigga opened with “Run This Town” and wasted little time bringing out his first guest, Kanye West, who spit his verse on the Blueprint 3 hit. Ye then stayed and rocked with his Big Brother for the “Power (Remix),” after which Nicki Minaj made a quick appearance for the trio’s performance “Monster”—another of Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Friday releases from the last month. Yeezy, in a leopard print shirt and gargantuan chain, then spit “Good Life” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” before heading off stage.
Jay again proved why the city is his, running through a two-hour set list of hits and fan favorites, from “Hard Knock Life” to “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” to “Already Home,” touching on something from the majority of his eleven albums in the process and, of course, bringing out many guests. After Drake came out for “Miss Me,” he and Hov performed their Thank Me Later duet, “Light Up,” for the first time in front of a live audience. Before leaving, Drizzy made sure to shout “Free Weezy,” something Em and Jay each said, as well. Hov’s was also joined on stage at points during the night by Swizz Beatz, Chris Martin, Beyonce and Memphis Bleek.
Early in Jay’s set he brought out Eminem for “Renegade,” an encore for Shady after his own two-hour showcase earlier in the night. Em brought out some special friends of his own, like he did in Detroit, giving his mentor, Dr. Dre, his protégé, 50 Cent, and his D-Town brethren, D12, each a chance to rock the crowd for their own short sets.
Around 8 P.M. Eminem came out to “Won’t Back Down,” one of the many songs from his latest multi-platinum offering, Recovery, that he spit throughout the night. But it wasn’t strictly new material from rap’s best-selling artist of the last decade. From hits like “Stan,” “My Name Is,” and “Without Me” to less popular but equally beloved tracks like “Kill You” and “Sing for the Moment.”
Fresh off a VMA performance the previous night, B.o.B. opened the sold out Yankee Stadium show with a few solo tracks before showing XXL upperclassman love and bringing out J. Cole for their collaboration, “Gladiators.” Cole then rocked his own short set, spitting a verse from “Who Dat,” and bringing out Miguel for their “All I Want Is You” before wrapping with his verse from “Star Is Born” off of Blueprint 3.
Fans on the field were standing on their chairs for almost the show’s entirety, while the thousands in the stands didn’t take any standing breaks, either.
Both main artists showed gratitude for those who came out and partied with them past midnight on a Monday with constant threats of rain. “It feels so good to be back,” Em said at one point—a sentiment he echoed himself multiple times, as did his fellow headliner. “This is better than any Grammy. Better than any MTV award,” Jay said near the end of the night.
The final date of the Home & Home Tour goes down tonight at a sold out Yankee Stadium. —Adam Fleischer