Today in Hip-Hop: Eminem Becomes the First Rapper to Headline London’s Wembley Stadium
On this day, July 11, in hip-hop history...
2014: Eminem continues his history-making ways by becoming the first rapper to headline London's Wembley Stadium. Taking the stage with eight solo albums worth of material at his back, Em made sure the storied stadium got the best possible introduction to a rap headliner.
Over the course of more than an hour, Em sprinted through tracks from every corner of his lengthy catalog. At the very beginning of his set, Slim Shady delivered an energetic performance of "Bad Guy," which was a cut from The Marshall Mathers LP2, an album Em unloaded the previous November.
From there, the Detroit rapper jumped into tracks from his Marshall Mathers LP ("The Real Slim Shady," "Kill You," and "The Way I Am"), The Eminem Show ("'Till I Collapse," "White America" and "Sing for the Moment") and more. If you're a fan of Em, it had to have been a dream come true.
As dope as Em's set was on its own, the performance reached another level when Shady had his rap game benefactor, Dr. Dre, pull up onstage as well. Over the course of several minutes, the good doctor brought the crowd heavy waves of nostalgia as he performed classic cuts like "Nuthin But a 'G 'Thang" and his Em-assisted 2001 single, "Forgot About Dre."
With an onslaught of classic material and the energy to turn up a crowd, Slim Shady made rap history in style. Salute.
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